James Martin Brown passed from this earth to his heavenly home on September 28, 2021, at his residence in Clarksville. He was 87 years old.
James was born to William Hardman "Dock" Brown and Ethel Herrington Brown. He was one of eight children who worked the Red River County Blackland with their parents, growing cotton. James was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, W.H. Brown, Jr. and Harold Ray Brown; and also his sisters Iva Mae Ross, Evelyn Davidson and Joyce Bright Hines.
He married Elizabeth Ann Bettis on June 22, 1957. James is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 64 years; his daughters,Terrie Brown Hausler and husband, Mark of Clarksville and Karen Brown Holt of Mt. Vernon. Also left to treasure many wonderful memories of their granddaddy are Amber Rossi and husband, Jason of Denver Colorado, Matthew Holt of Longview, Jesse Hausler of Texarkana, Dalton Hausler and wife, Jaymee of Blue Ridge, Shane Hausler of Dallas and Kelby Holt of Longview; as well as great-grandchildren, Logan Rossi, Luna Rossi and Elora Holt. He is also survived by his two brothers, Donnie Brown and Bobby Brown, both of Clarksville; and his devoted sister-in-law, Linda Brown and her two children, Steven Brown and wife Angie and Kim Brown, all of Blossom.
After working with the highway department in his youth, James spent most of his working career in the furniture upholstery and rental business in Clarksville. He may have been best know locally for being a great fisherman who won many tournaments, and who was the terror of many a catfish, crappie, bluegill and bass. James loved to be out in nature and to learn about nature, and he was also an avid gardener who especially loved growing tomatoes. He was always quick with a joke and generous with his time and talents to help his children and grandchildren with any challenge they might face. James was also amazingly talented as an ''improver' 'of tools and implements, whether they were originally intended to be customized or not. Within a week or two of being in his possession, wooden shelves shone brighter, knives cut sharper, and fishing rods cast better. The family and friends he leaves behind all feel that he left us better because he was part of our lives.
At his request, James will be cremated, with those arrangements being made by Clarksville Funeral Home. Due to Covid, there will be a private family ceremony at a later date, but no formal funeral visitation or graveside service. Instead of sending flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. James will be truly missed and always remembered.
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