Fort Worth —
J.W. Brown, 83, known affectionately as “Boss” by his grandchildren, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Fort Worth.
J.W. Brown was born March 25, 1927, in Hollis, Okla., the youngest of six children to the late G.W. and Juanita Parker Brown. He attended school at Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma A&M (O.S.U.), where he received a masters degree. J.W. made a 20-plus-year career teaching school, first in Alfalfa, Okla., and then Weatherford I.S.D., and eventually retired from Arlington I.S.D.
J.W. had an avid interest in the old west and began his first stagecoach project in the early 1970s, when he began J. Brown Stagecoach Works. He never really retired and, in fact, had a stagecoach in the works at the time of his passing. His coaches were used in several Hollywood productions and are in a number of museums across the country and Europe. J.W. also has coaches on display at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, the Fort Worth Zoo and in the Wells Fargo Museum. He was employed by Wells Fargo in the production of stagecoaches.
J.W. was a dreamer and lived out his dreams. In addition to teaching and building coaches, he loved to tell stories and was known to be a great storyteller.
J.W. was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Brown in 1996; his parents; and five brothers and sisters that called him J. Boy.
Survivors include his daughters, JaVana “Bonnie” Cannon of Weatherford, Christi Shepherd and husband, Michael, of Ovilla, Tina Sutton and husband, Dwight, of Weatherford, and Nan Wilson and husband, Jimmy, of Paradise; grandchildren, Stacy Cannon, Laura Staples, Kevin Sutton, Mica Hicks, Rusty Wilson, Clint Wilson, Terri Bales, Sunni Cannon, Jacob Sutton, Christopher Shepherd, Rebekah Shepherd and Allison Shepherd; great-grandchildren, J. Dallon Hicks, Katelyn Hicks, Savannah Wilson, Grady Hicks, Reese Wilson and Bradlee Shepherd; special friend, Sybil Dean; and a host of loving family and friends.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, at Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church, 200 South Lakeshore Drive, Hudson Oaks. Interment is in Memory Gardens of the Valley Memorial Park, 5600 Mineral Wells Highway, Weatherford.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at White’s Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
To honor J.W., please feel free to attend in your western wear.