Harold Gene Brown
By Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home in Bonham
Aug 6, 2022
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Bonham, Texas -- Have you ever wondered what Heaven is like? Have you pictured who is there? What do you do all day? What comes to mind when you picture Heaven? Well, I would like to give you a tiny idea of what Heaven looks like to me and my brother…part 2. Nine years ago, we shared part 1 when our mother gained her angel wings. Now the time has come for us to share part 2 since our father gained his angel wings as well.

As we finish our home cooked meal for four, my brother and I race to our small but cozy couch to embark on a match of push and shove to see who gets the best view of the tv. As we settle into our spots, we can hear the little radio in the bathroom playing the Saturday Night Country Countdown and the tapping of Daddy’s razor against the porcelain sink. He hums the tunes as he carefully removes yesterday’s shadow from the sides of his face slowly changing him to look almost childlike with the smoothness underneath the whiskers. The radio announcer introduces the #5 song on the countdown and this one signals an ear-to-ear grin. He tosses the razor into the water and whisker filled sink and with half of his face still covered with shaving cream, he hurries to the living room. He appears in the doorway, and we giggle cause of the half covered shaving cream face, but his focus never leaves the eyes of the woman he loves so deeply who is sitting in her chair filing her nails. He reaches his hand out and in a single motion, her hand slides into his and he lifts her to her feet. They glide across the room as if they were one, in perfect rhythm and never missing a beat. My brother and I glance at one another and after trading eye rolls, at the same time we let out “EWWWW” as we watch them gracefully finish the song. A kiss on the cheek that’s without shaving cream from his bride and he disappears to continue the tapping and humming. That is what Heaven looks like for me and my brother ever since the angels came and took our Daddy by the hand and led him the Promised Land where our mother awaits him.

Harold Gene Brown of Bonham, TX entered into eternal rest on August 3, 2022 with his family by his side. He was born on December 22, 1944 to the late Earnest and Juanita (Crow) Brown. Harold was one of six children and grew up around the tiny community of Pecan Gap, TX. The Brown family later moved to Dodd City, TX where he would dig his heels in and spend the rest of his life.

Harold graduated from Dodd City High School in 1963. He may not have been on the taller end of his genetics, but the kid could jump! He was proud to boast about his “flatfooted” vertical as he often told the story of how he could “stand flatfooted under the goal and dunk it” …pretty impressive for his 5’7” stature. He loved playing basketball and was quite the high school athlete. He also loved fast cars and working on them to make them faster and as loud as he could get it. He was a good mechanic and to his family he was the fixer of all things!

Harold married his best friend and love of his life on May 29, 1965, only one day after her high school graduation. They were lifetime residents of Fannin County. Harold went to work for General Cable Company in Bonham, TX where he spent 38 years before his retirement in 2005. Together the couple raised two children, Hal and Amye. They were the perfect example of a nuclear family, country style.

Left to cherish his memories are his children, Harold (Hal) Brown and wife Amber of Bonham, TX and Amanda (Amye) Brown and wife Destiny of Dodd City, TX. Five grandchildren, Hallie and Caleb Brown of Sherman, TX, Khylee Sisk and husband Colorado of Ivanhoe, TX, and Paizley and Layton Vaught of Dodd City, TX. One sister, Nancy Barber and husband Wayne of Boyd, TX. Two brothers, James Brown of Honey Grove, TX and Billy Ray Brown of Honey Grove, TX. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and so many more.

He was greeted into Heaven by his loving wife, Betty (Boggs) Brown, his parents, Earnest and Juanita Brown, two sisters, Earnestine (Teeny) McCraw and Sue Fletcher. One grandson, Jonathan Brown.

The celebration of Harold’s life will be held on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Cooper Sorrells Funeral Home in Bonham, TX. The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will immediately follow Harold’s celebration at the Dodd City Cemetery in Dodd City, TX.

Serving as pallbearers are Jeremy Doyle, BJ Efird, Ray Behrens, Wayne Barber, Tim Brown, Colorado Sisk, Craig Pate, and Jeff Hopkins.

Honorary pallbearers are Layton Vaught, Paul Kirkpatrick, Caleb Brown, and Willie Reeder.

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way”

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