Jack Robert Brown, Jr. of Marianna, Florida passed away at the age of 83 on February 27, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Jack was born in Springfield, Missouri and moved to Marianna, Florida at the age of four. He graduated from Marianna High School in 1953 and excelled as a multi-sport athlete breaking both local and state records. After attending Marion Institute on a basketball scholarship, Jack graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served in the Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina for two years before moving back home to Marianna, Florida. While living in Marianna, Florida, he owned and operated the following businesses: Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Hinson Realty, Oak Realty, Brown Appraisal, Title Services of North West Florida, and Marianna Title Services.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Agnes Brown, and Brother-in-laws Joe Wheat and John Taylor. Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dru Brown, daughters Cami Brown Smith (Stephen) of Panama City and Margaret Brown Thompson (John) of Tallahassee; grandchildren Chase Smith (Melisa) of Waco, Texas; Ali Wingate of New York City, New York; Strom Wingate and Jack Wingate of Tallahassee, Florida; sisters Carol Ann Lamb of Birmingham, Alabama; Betty Taylor of Dallas, Texas; and brother Jerry Brown (Terry) of Marianna, Florida as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at 1:00 pm CST on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Marianna, Florida followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm CST. Following the service, the family will receive friends and family in the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions to the 1835 Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Marianna, Florida, North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group or Big Bend Hospice.