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Lawrence Brown, Jr., 90, was born to Fannie Mae Billingsley and Lawrence Brown, Sr. on March 5, 1931 in Del Valle, Texas. He departed this life on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Seton Medical Center in Austin, TX.
At the age of 16, Lawrence professed his hope in Christ and joined Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church where he was an active, life-long member serving in many roles, including Sunday School teacher, president of the adult choir, and vice-president of the male choir.
As a youth, Lawrence attended Austin Public Schools in East Austin, completing his primary education at Blackshear Elementary School and Kealing Junior High School. He was a proud graduate of the Original L.C. Anderson High School Class of 1949 and an active member of the Original L.C. Anderson High School All Class Reunion Committee. In 1957, he graduated from Huston-Tillotson College where he obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education with a minor in biology.
One of Lawrence’s proudest achievements was his active service duty in the U.S. Army. Drafted just prior to his 20 th birthday in 1951, Lawrence served in Company M, 51 st Infantry Regiment, 45 th Infantry Division during the Korean War. On June 14, 1952, during military action at Tumyong-dong, Korea, Lawrence selflessly helped move and evacuate wounded soldiers in the midst of enemy fire. For his efforts, Lawrence was awarded the Bronze Star and Bronze Service medals. In addition, he received the Korean Service medal, Unit Service medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. His service to this country culminated in 23 years of active duty and military reserves service.
Following his graduation from Huston-Tillotson College, Lawrence worked in federalgovernment as a civil investigator for two federal agencies - the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Health, Education, and Welfare Department – and as a revenue officer with the Internal Revenue Service. Lawrence retired from the federal government in 1980.
Lawrence enjoyed Westerns, good food, and playing dominoes and cards. But most of all he enjoyed supporting, caring for and helping his immediate and extended family as well as the community. His desire to help others was evident through his involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Chairman of the Alamo Recreation Center, parent committees to promote student involvement at his daughters’ high school, and the countless gallons of blood he gave to the Blood Center of Central Texas (now We Are Blood).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fannie Mae Billingsley Brown and Lawrence Brown, Sr.; three sisters: Dorothy Brown, Daisy Moten, and Gracie M. Turner.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 66 years, Gladys Burditt Brown of Austin, TX; daughters Rhonda Brown and Cynthia Brown, both of Austin, TX and Adama Brown of Providence, RI; brother Hughie Shaw (Ruby) of Manor, TX; sisters Lois Bell (Wayne) of Dallas, Texas; sister Icy Brown of Jacksonville, TX; sister Beverly Mayberry of Itasca, TX; and sister Sharon Matlock of Waco, TX; two special first cousins, Lucille Vaughn and Mary Louise Carroll, both of Austin, TX and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.