Robert Venton Brown, age 76, of Tullahoma, TN, passed from this life February 25, 2013 of natural causes. Born June 1936 in Oklahoma City, OK, he graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1954. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS John A. Boles during the Korean Conflict, China Sea. After the Navy, he continued to serve his country as a career Air Force civil servant starting at Tinker AFB OK and after 30 years he retired from the Senior Executive Service at Wright-Patterson AFB OH.
He earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, a M.B.A. from the University of Utah and was a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff College and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University. He was a proud member of the VFW, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Al Menah Shrine, and Tennessee Valley Woodworkers.
He was a generous, hard-working, honest man who loved God, his family and his country. He lived by the code: do what is right, always; selfless service; love unconditionally and be accountable. Bob valued knowledge and encouraged his daughters and grandchildren to pursue higher education. He will be missed dearly.
Predeceased by his loving wife of 46 years Barbara Lee (Garrett) Brown, parents Alta Grace Langham Brown and David Lonzel Brown, sister Nora Rose Gomes, and granddaughter Marjorie L. Hawkins.
He is survived by his brother Davis Wesley Brown and his wife Shirley; his dear friends Jack and Jean Haynes; his five daughters and their husbands: Vickie and Michael Welch, Lee-Anita and Jim O’Rourke, Jennifer and Mark Napper, Yvonne and Thierry Leklou, and Denise and Chris Smith; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home in Tullahoma, TN. Visitation will begin an hour earlier.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bob’s favorite charity, the Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.donate2shc.org.
Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.