Ed Brown, 87, died peacefully Feb. 12, 2012 at the Windsor Nursing Home in Columbus while surrounded by his family.
Mr. Brown was born on July 8, 1924 in Bradley to Lavelle W. (Red) Brown and wife Elizabeth Bell Brown. Ed attended grade school in Longview, wherein he graduated from Starkville High School after his family moved to Starkville, where his father L.W. (Red) Brown practiced Law. Ed joined the US Air Force shortly after graduation from Starkville High at age 18. He received his Flight Training and Wings at Columbus Air Force Base in 1943. He later was transferred to Tampa , Fla. for advanced training in the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. He was proud to have flown and trained in the B-17 Memphis Belle after it had been returned stateside from having flown 29 combat missions over Germany in World War II. It sits today on display on Mud Island in Memphis, Tenn. After World War II and his discharge from active duty, Ed attended Mississippi State University for two years and then transferred to the University of Mississippi, where he attended law school and graduated in 1949. Ed returned to Starkville with his family and briefly practiced law with his father. He then moved with his family to Biloxi where he worked in civil service at Keesler Air Force base for two years. Ed and his family then moved to Jackson in 1955, where he took a job offer as attorney for the Mississippi State Tax Commission under the administration of then Governor J.P. Coleman, a close family friend. While living in Jackson, Ed spent quality time coaching little league baseball for five years. In 1960, Edâ€™s father died and he returned to Starkville with his family and took over his fatherâ€™s law practice. Ed loved the practice of law and actively practiced from 1960 until his retirement due to health problems in 2008. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Starkville.
Ed Brown loved his family, friends, quail hunting and golfing with his buddies. He was a caring and compassionate man who will be missed.
His parents, Lavelle W. (Red) Brown and Elizabeth Bell Brown predeceased him along with his two brothers and two sisters namely: Lavelle Wheeler Brown, John Bruce Brown, Lucy Brown Mullins, and Maudine Brown Leonelli.
He is survived by his three children, Dale (Mickey) Montgomery, Jimmy Brown, Mitzi (Kent) Stribling, and seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sister, Ann Brown Nason; and a brother, Jackson Martin Brown.
There will be a graveside service for friends and family on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Oddfellows Cemetery on University Drive in Starkville.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213-8013.
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