Joe Brown, 78, of Wichita Falls, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.
A funeral liturgy will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Wichita Falls with Father Sojan George, celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.
Mr. Brown was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Wichita Falls to Charles and Teresa (Trinkley) Brown. He graduated from Midwestern State University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry and a double minor in agronomy and journalism.
Brown began working for the Times Record News in 1957 while still in college and became a reporter after graduation. In 1961, he moved to Kingsville to serve as public relations director for the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International. In 1962, he became associate editor of the West Texas Livestock Weekly in San Angelo. He returned to Wichita Falls in 1964 as farm editor for the Times Record News and farm director at KFDX. He was best known for his farm column, “Doin’ It Up Brown,” and front-page column, “How Now Joe Brown.” His morning television show was broadcast five days a week.
He was named Man of the Year in Agriculture in 1968 by the Texas Agricultural Agents Association, and Outstanding Newspaper Farm Editor of the Year in 1974 by the Texas Farmers Union. He received numerous 4-H, FFA and soil and water conservation awards along with Associated Press awards for photography and reporting. In 1978, he was honored by the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association for his coverage of the cattle industry.
Brown operated a 2,000-tree peach, apple and pecan orchard in Thornberry known as Brown Cow Orchard. He was instrumental in organizing the Red River Farm and Crafts Trail in the Thornberry and Charlie areas of Clay County.
Brown served as chairman of the Wichita County 4-H Livestock Association and was a member of the District Agriculture Workers Council. He became a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Brown is preceded in death by his wife, Joan L. Cunningham, whom he married March 24, 1960, in Wichita Falls.
Survivors include two son, Michael Brown and wife Kathleen of Wichita Falls; and Charles T. Brown and wife Jana of Lawton, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5- 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the funeral home.