Thomas Brown – A life of service

Dear Editor:

Thomas B. brown was born to Thomas B. Brown Sr. and Virginia Dawson Brown on March 2, 1934. He was the oldest of four siblings: George, Bradley and Jane. For the next 82 years he was a joy to his family and an asset to our community. For the last 20 years of his life, he battled cancer when the Lord called him home on May 8, 2015.

Tommy attended Olmstead School where he played on the basketball and baseball teams, lettering for five years. In his senior year, he was selected to play for Kentucky on the All State Kentucky vs. Ohio game.

Basketball and baseball were not his only interests. He was a dancer on the Johnny Orange Square Dance team. He also loved to fish and thought anyone who learned to fish was a good fellow. he loved gardening and gave away more of his produce than he used for himself. he also loved to hunt. From the 1950s until his death, he and friends and family went to South Dakota every year to hunt. Most of all, he loved people and enjoyed being around friends and family. He ate out once a month with the men of Dripping Springs Baptist Church where he had attended all of his life. Another joy in his later years was coming to Russellville and drinking coffee with a group of men. They discussed farm issues and politics, among other subjects.

He served our community in so many ways, but he never bragged about it. He simply thought it was his duty. He was on the Logan County Hospital Board for two terms; served on the South Logan Water Board for 20 years; was on the Election Commission for 20 years where he worked side by side with Democrats and Republicans; served on the Burley Co-op Board of Directors for 10 years and was District Representative for Soil Conservation for several terms. he was a lifelong Democrat and active with the Democratic Executive Committee.

Tommy worked in the Brown Tobacco Warehouse from its creation becoming President of the Brown Tobacco Warehouse Corporation.

All of the things mentioned above were important in Tommy’s life and helped make him the man he was. However, he considered his marriage and family the most important thing in his life. In 1954, he married Gail Dawson. This marriage produced two children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

On Oct. 20, the Democrats of Logan County will be hosting a dinner at the extension complex to honor this man who exemplified the principles of his faith, his family, his community and the Democratic Party. If you would like to be part of this celebration, call Evelda Steersman 725-1508 or Shirley Haines 726-843 for tickets ($15 or 2 for $25) by Oct. 19. A meal will be provided.

Evelda Steersman


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