Dezie L. Brown, 71, of Edmond, Oklahoma, died at his home on April 18, 2020. He was born in Lyons, Georgia, February 23, 1949, to Minnie Lee (Snow) and Monroe Brown.
Leaving home at 16, he took on odd jobs until he was old enough to join the Navy as a “Kiddie Cruiser”. After leaving the Navy, he began for the state of Georgia in Savannah, and then later, he moved to Atlanta and began working at General Motors. In 1978, he transferred to the General Motors plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and worked as a maintenance supervisor. While there, he met and married Larae Bolton, who had two daughters and together the couple had one son.
Dezie was a good, honest man who loved his family, his work, good conversation, and trying new adventures. Always an eye for trying to make a good situation better, Dezie was known for seeing the potential in people, businesses, land, and other investments around him. Bitten by the self-employment bug, Dezie and Larae together bought and operated two convenience stores, a motel and a farm in Asher, Oklahoma. Besides farming, the two worked together to develop land and breed dogs. He enjoyed the work and the people he met through these ventures.
Dezie also loved to travel, visiting all 50 states as well as most continents. Because of his size and height, he would often get bumped up to first class. As he enjoyed the “fine things” in life – Larae says, she got to enjoy the empty seat next to her. He was very knowledgeable about sports and would often ask questions and have conversations when he came to Georgia about local high school standouts, the Georgia Bulldogs, athe Atlanta Falcons, and the Atlanta Braves in which he stayed current. When living in Atlanta, he coached a little league team in which he enjoyed.
Proceeded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wanda Ekas and Linda Copeland, he is survived by his wife, Larae, his son, Joshua Brown, Joshua’s wife, Amy, and their daughter, Miriam; two step-daughters: Myklee Williams and her husband Leo, and Sara McKisson and her husband Jeff and their two daughters, Lila and Camryn; sisters: Anita Mumby of Montana and Shirley Brown (Dan) Cowart of Twin City; one brother, Gary Brown of Metter; uncles, Orben (Diann) Brown of Jenkingsburg, Georgia, Aulden Wildes of Newton, Georgia, and Giles (Hazel) Brown of Berryville, Florida. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In order to follow mandatory established Covid-19 safety protocols, a small group of family gathered in a graveside service with military honors Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Hiwassee, Oklahoma.
Afterwards, friends met with family during a memorial reception at their home.