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Albert McKinley Brown was born on May 11, 1932 to Jerry McKinley and Hattie (Wood) Brow of Tishomingo. He passed from this life on January 28, 2012 in Antlers at the age of 79. Albert and his family moved to the Antlers area in 1938. Albert married his best friend, Maxine Morrison Brown, on September 26, 1956 in Rattan and was a doting, devoted husband their entire marriage. He always strived to take the very best care of everyone he came in contact with and was the consummate country gentleman. He attended schools in Tishomingo, Finley, Rattan, Paris, TX, and Antlers, graduating from Antlers. Albert was a longtime member of Rattan Baptist Church, where he taught the Young Menâs Sunday School class for many years. He and Maxine later moved their memberships to First Baptist Church, Antlers. He served his country with honor, doing a stint in the U.S. Army in the 338th Military Intelligence Service Company. Albert was always a hard-working, dedicated family man. From an early age, he worked at a variety of jobs including bank teller, dairy farmer, U.S. Postal Service mail carrier for 11 years, cotton harvester, pig farmer and grocery sacker/stocker. Albert also owned and operated several businesses over the years, including Brownâs Tastee Freez, Brownâs Furniture and Appliance, A & M Quick Stop, A & M Laundry and A & M Car Wash. Albert fostered and encouraged countless âkidsâ through the years out the back door of the Tastee Freez. Many have given personal testimony to the numerous times they were helped in some way through his kindness, whether it was just listening to them, giving them a âtalking toâ or simply feeding them because they had no money. His long and varied career also included holding the position of Pushmataha County Clerk from 1993 until his retirement in 2005 when he was named Public Official of the Year. He also took his civic duties very seriously and enjoyed serving on various boards and clubs within Pushmataha County. Albert had served as past president of the Kiwanis Club, was a longtime Chamber of Commerce member, a member of Kiamichi Country to promote tourism of his beloved county, was a Lions Club member, served 8 years as a member of the Antlers School Board and also served on the Little Dixie Kiamichi Place Apartment Board for several years. He was made an honorary lifetime 4-H member in 1973 and for many years purchased the trophies and ribbons for all the county livestock shows. Albert taught not only his family the value of hard work and a job well done, but anyone coming in contact with him knew that was his standard. He enjoyed working in his yard and woodshop, reading, cooking, watching old westerns, and spending all the time he could with his family. Albert was famous around Antlers for his peanut butter cookies and especially his chocolate peanut brittle, which he was always delivering to folks at the hospital, nursing home, courthouse and sheriffâs department. He was also known for his absolute love for babies and children, who always reciprocated that feeling. Albert was a rare commodity of a man. Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; parents, Jerry and Hattie Brown and Claude and Annabel Winters; stepmother Carrie Cordelia Brown; a son, Mark Wayne Brown; in-laws J.A. and Nellie Morrison; a great grandson, Joshua Potter; sisters Beatrice Brown, Delphia Larson, Bernice Handland, Bessie Ray Parsons; brothers Calvin Brown and Jerry Eugene Brown; stepbrothers Bill Hertz and Ted Hertz. He is survived by his children: Kim Belcher and husband Curtis of Atoka; Mitch Brown and Kathy Hamshare of Richmond, TX; Lorianne Wise and husband Jim of Tulsa; stepdaughter Linda Tolladay and Mike Bray of Phoenix, AZ. Albert is also survived by his grandchildren: Ashley McClour and husband Joseph of Atoka; Leah Belcher of Tulsa; Abbey Belcher of Durant; Mary Belcher of Lawton; Kirbie Rovolis and husband Jason of Hertford, NC; Kylie, Kaitlan and James Mark Brown of Rosenberg, TX; Molly Beth and Max McKinley Wise of Tulsa; two great-granddaughters: Audrey McClour of Atoka and Addison Rovolis of Hertford, NC; one great-grandson: Henry Luke McClour of Atoka. Surviving siblings include Lynn Childers and husband Gaylin of Coalgate; Gary Winters and wife Barbara of Bartlesville; Bob Brown and wife Betty of Del City; Barbara Sue Hill and husband Joe of Albuquerque, NM; Billie Brown of Tacoma, WA; Virginia Ann Blake and husband Paul of Plano, TX and two sisters-in-law, Donna Brown of Antlers and Kathy Schmoldt and husband Hans of Grand Junction, CO. Surviving step-siblings include Jim Hertz of Virginia Beach, VA; John Hertz of Tecumseh; Jess Hertz of Antlers; Norman Hertz of Folsom, CA; Mary Osgood of Yukon. Albert leaves behind a wealth of many other treasured family and friends, including Cheryl Hunsucker and Sherry Clark, devoted family friends and caregivers. Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Antlers First Baptist Church with Curtis Belcher & Reverend Andy Reed officiating. Music was âWhen We All Get to Heavenâ, âOne Day at a Timeâ by Bridget Paxton, & âGo Rest High On That Mountainâ with Denise Lovell as Pianist. Pallbearers included Leon Williams, David Williams, Jack Matthews, Blake Low, Barry Savage, James Moon, Robert Rodenberger, Earl Cooper, Bob Bouffleur, Tom Wells, & Dr. Wayne Flatt with Honorary Pallbearers as R.W. Clark, Boyce Couch, Jane Dunlap, Charlotte Orr, Patsy Brittingham, Linda Battles, Tammy Hill, Jenny Beth Caraway, Frances Smith Joslin, Tom Scott, Edna Baugh, Sharon Christian, Ray & Wanda Berryhill, and Breck Logan. Interment followed at Antlers City Cemetery in Antlers. Family and friends may send online condolences at www.millscoffey.com.
Funeral services conducted by Mills-Coffey Funeral Home of Antlers