Tom S. Brown
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, April 10, 1933, Tom Smith Brown built hundreds of homes where families could create memories and realize their dreams before leaving this life for his heavenly home on June 6, 2021.
Tom was the son of John Rice Brown and Lois Elizabeth Brown. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1951 and attended Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State University) where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the Air Force ROTC. Tom met the love of his life, Carole Jerome, on a blind date the day of his fraternity's initiation their freshman year, and they married August 29, 1953.
Upon graduation, Tom served four years in the United States Air Force. His navigational training took him and Carole to San Antonio, Houston, Waco, and Valdosta, Georgia. Tom served his final 18 months of active Air Defense Fighter Squadron duty at Hamilton Air Force Base just outside of San Francisco. Tom often reflected on his military years and loved to tell stories of the many lifelong friendships that resulted from their "Air Force days."
Tom and Carole returned to Shawnee in 1964, and he began his homebuilding career. Carole was integral to the success of Tom Brown Homes and Tom often referred to her as "the second best home builder in Shawnee." During his career, Tom developed many residential additions in Shawnee, including Bison, Brookhaven, Country Estates, Larkins Meadow, Henson's Hill, and, most recently, Windmill Ridge with his son Greg. Tom considered many of his business associates and sub-contractors very close friends and treated them like family. He often gave a pat on the back, a word of encouragement or "a little extra" to those in need. Upon his retirement in 2014, the Shawnee News-Star credited him with building over 600 homes. He was one of the three founding members of the Shawnee Home Builders Association in 1967 and remained involved until his retirement. One of the benefits of being a homebuilder was the opportunity to build homes for your very best friends on the same cul-de-sac, which is exactly what he did on Sequoyah Boulevard. Tom also served as President of the Shawnee Country Club in 1980. He spent most Tuesday afternoons playing golf and cards with his "rummies" at the Country Club and enjoyed periodic golf trips with these special friends.
Tom was a loving husband to Carole and a wonderful father to Greg and Hal. He was extremely proud of his family and welcomed daughter-in-laws, Christine and Kathy, grandchildren, Amy, Eric, Sarah, Hope and Molly and great grandchildren, Shepard, Will, Wally, Henry, and Ellie with open and loving arms. He loved being with his family on holidays, spring break ski trips, OSU sporting events, and a casual dinner or a special occasion. He also spent countless hours cheering on his grandchildren in their various sports. His kindhearted spirit and unconditional love will be greatly missed.
Survivors include Carole, his loving wife of 67 years, sons Greg Brown (Christine), Hal Brown (Kathy), Dadaw's precious grandchildren, Eric Brown (Chelle), Hope Brown, Amy Bay (Peter), Sarah Bolding (Aaron) and Molly Brown and great grandchildren Shepard Brown, Henry Brown, Walter Bay, William Bolding, and Eleanor Bolding. Sister-in-law Gloria Brown, brother-in-law Dee Jerome, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 10th at First Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given in Tom's memory to Oklahoma State University Foundation at www.osugiving.com or by mail:
Oklahoma State University Foundation
P.O. Box 174
Stillwater, OK 74076-1749
Published on June 08, 2021