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Celebrating the life of
Ronald Nelson Brown
January 11, 1944 - May 29, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 5:00pm - Thursday, June 09, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Joy I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy. What an impressive man he was! Talk about taking life by the horns! What an accomplished person, someone who deserved to live to 100. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joy.

Bill Baker, Houston, TX

My most sincere condolences to Joy and all of Ron's family. I hope wonderful memories of happy times and past adventures overtake the sadness of this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to each of you.

Kathy Phlegar, Georgetown, Texas

Joy, we are praying for you and your family that God would bless you with His abundant comfort and peace.

Edward Black, Houston, TX

We will always remember Ron as one of the most intelligent and inspiring men we have known, with a true sense of adventure, a generous heart, and a wonderful sense of humor. We first met him as the loving husband of Joy, and keep Joy and the family deeply in our hearts and prayers.

Gail and Porter Storey, Boulder, CO

Ronald Nelson Brown died on Sunday, May 29, 2016. He was born in Forest City, North Carolina, on January 11, 1944.

The son of an Army master sergeant, Ron was enrolled in 13 schools around the U.S. and in occupied Japan and Germany before graduating high school as valedictorian, Oak Ridge Military Academy. A lifetime learner, Ron attended the University of South Carolina on a NROTC scholarship, earning his BA and later an MBA. He was also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU. At the age of 50 he enrolled at South Texas College of Law. He was licensed in the practice of law in Texas and Colorado.

During Ron’s career as a naval aviator, his VP-45 “Pelicans” deployed in support of U. S. combat operations in Southeast Asia. He logged more than 3,500 hours piloting the P-3 Orion on surveillance missions, and received two air medals. After active duty, he remained a reservist, retiring with the rank of Commander. In recent years, he enjoyed visiting the Lady Lex, off whose deck he carrier qualified.

Ron had a long business career, first as a corporate recruiter for Ross Perot at EDS, and then serving in various senior executive positions at Banker’s Trust, First City Texas, and South Carolina National Bank.

In the last decade, Ron was devoted to encouraging and assisting youth. He was Cambridge CELTA certified to teach English internationally and did so at Mercy Centre orphanage in the Klong Toey slums of Bangkok, at Saigon University and at several private schools in Ho Chi Minh City. He also taught U.S. government and business law.

Ron approached life with a keen sense of adventure and curiosity. He was a student of history, politics and economics. Through the years his passions included cooking, sailing, skydiving, running, photography, and riding his Ducati Diavel motorcycle.

Ron adored his family and supported with immense pride and a steady hand the accomplishments of his wife, Joy Horak-Brown, and daughter Kelly Brown Perdue. He is also survived by Kelly’s husband, Joe Perdue, and granddaughter Samantha George. Ron was preceded in death by his parents Nelson Jack Brown and Edith Weir Brown and his beloved daughter, Brandi Laine Brown.

Friends are cordially invited to a celebration of life reception from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Thursday, June 9th at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made online to New Hope Housing at www.newhopehousing.com or The Living Bank www.livingbank.org.

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Joy I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy. What an impressive man he was! Talk about taking life by the horns! What an accomplished person, someone who deserved to live to 100. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joy.

Bill Baker, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Joy Horak-Brown — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Bernadette Keating — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Connie Hayes — North Carolina

My most sincere condolences to Joy and all of Ron's family. I hope wonderful memories of happy times and past adventures overtake the sadness of this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to each of you.

Kathy Phlegar, Georgetown, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Mary O'Hara and John O'COnnell — Massachusetts

Candle tribute lit by Nicole Cassier — Texas

Joy, we are praying for you and your family that God would bless you with His abundant comfort and peace.

Edward Black, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Kelly Brown Perdue — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Joy Horak-Brown — Texas

We will always remember Ron as one of the most intelligent and inspiring men we have known, with a true sense of adventure, a generous heart, and a wonderful sense of humor. We first met him as the loving husband of Joy, and keep Joy and the family deeply in our hearts and prayers.

Gail and Porter Storey, Boulder, CO


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