After bravely battling a lengthy illness, Robert Dale Brown, 76, former executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of TracyLocke Advertising, Dallas, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at his Cedar Creek home with his loving wife, Sue, at his side.
No service has been planned at this time.
A native of Macomb, Ill., Bob was born Aug. 30, 1932.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, and after his military service returned to Illinois to pursue undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a BBA degree in 1958.
He became a Texas resident in 1959, when he was hired as an account executive in TracyLocke’s Houston office.
Upon joining the firm, he began a life-long career in advertising that spanned nearly a half century.
In 1963, he moved to TracyLocke’s San Antonio office, overseeing the advertising for the agency’s Pearl Beer business, which, supported by the memorable slogan, “From the Country of Eleven Hundred Springs,” became the number-one selling beer in Texas.
While living and working in the San Antonio area, he enjoyed the rigors and rewards of the Hill Country life, which led him to becoming a hunter who traveled to far-away places in search of trophy game.
He was a voracious reader, writer, an avid fisherman and hunter who had a life-long love of the outdoors.
Cooking was one of his passions, which led to a series of Wild Game Dinners he hosted over a 25-year period with a network of friends and fellow hunters, who shared their wild game and wild stories in true outdoor gourmet fashion.
While successfully managing the San Antonio office for eight years, he never looked back, and never stopped moving upward.
He moved to the agency’s Dallas headquarters in 1971, and after more successes became executive vice president and COO, where he helped build TracyLocke into the largest and most successful advertising firm in the Southwest.
Brown loved the advertising business, and had a common touch of class and dash like few others in the business; it was an unpretentious and cheerful style that wore well with everyone he encountered.
He was a loving man, husband and father. He was a mentor to everyone who gathered around seeking advice or reassurance.
After a 25-year stint at TracyLocke, Bob resigned to lead his own agency, Berry-Brown.
After 10 years, Bob retired, and moved to Cedar Creek Lake in 1993 to relax and enjoy the sunsets.
Those privileged to know him, including veteran business associates as well as many young people he mentored and helped in their careers, will remember him fondly.
The many friends he left behind brought him as much joy and happiness as he brought to them over the years.
Surviving Bob is his beloved wife of 30 years, Sue Clark Brown, two children by a previous marriage, Bradley Brown and Christy Brown Hall, along with three granddaughters, Alexandra, Samantha and Madison Hall, all of Dallas; sister Jeanne Anderson of Michigan, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews.
Brown was one of five children. He was preceded in death by parents Augustus and Edith Brown of Illinois, along with a brother, Richard, and two sisters, Betty and Mary Ellen.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the ALS Association, UT Southwestern’s Friends for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research or The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
Barbara Jean Morphis
Services for Barbara Jean Morphis, 74, Gun Barrel City, were held Nov. 30, 2008, at the Eubank Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating. Burial was in Haven of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Morphis was born July 15, 1934, in Canton to Margaret Miller and Aurthur J. Cole and died Nov. 26, 2008, in Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson John Paul Adams, granddaughter Laney Morphis and sister Margineil Langley.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church of Mabank and loved to sew, cross stitch and travel. She enjoyed flowers and her little dog Lacy. She was an outgoing lady and loved her family and friends.
Survivors include her son Lonnie and wife Linda W. Morphis, Midlothian; daughter Vikki and husband David Mankins, Broken Arrow, Okla.; sister Florence and husband Travis Fuller, Garland; grandchildren Christi and Jeremy Bray, Chad and Jennifer Morphis, Cassie Morphis, Ericha Morphis, Valarie Morphis, Jimmy Morphis and Danny Worthy; great-grandchildren Colton, Bray and Cameron Morphis and Peyton Worthy.
Pallbearers were Steve McNeely, Jeremy Bray, Chad Morphis, Danny Worthy and Colton Bray.
Graveside services for Terry Bob Burr, 74, Kingwood, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at the Moorehead-Melton Cemetery in Eustace with the Rev. Don Teague officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Burr was born Nov. 10, 1934, in Houston and died Nov. 26, 2008, in Kingwood.
Previously of Houston, he had resided in Kingwood for the past 41 years and was a member of the Kingwood United Methodist Church.
He was a pharmacist and retired from Walgreen Pharmacy in 1996. He was an avid golfer and veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife Jane Morris Burr, Humble; sons Norman Burr, Humble; and Jonathan Burr and wife LiYan, Denton; daughter Colleen Burr, Kingwood; gransons Joseph and James Nieschwietz, Pine, Colo.; and several cousins.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Burr, Norman Burr, Mike LaRue, Jeff LaRue, Johnny Allison and Harvey Allison.
Graveside services for Annie Hurlburt, 77, Kemp, were held Nov. 29, 2008, at King Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Hurlburt was born July 6, 1931, in Aley to the late Carrie Reed and Thomas Hurlburt and died Nov. 28 2008, in Malakoff.
She was preceded in death by brothers Travis, Andrew, Homer and Horton Hurlburt and grandson Michael Byler.
She was a nurse’s aide.
Survivors include her daughter Victoria and husband Warren Chase, McKinney; son Carl Byler Jr., Kemp; sisters Geneva McClung and Margie Funburk; brothers Harvey and T.L. Hurlburt; granddaughter Amada Tanner; grandsons, Jacob Byler, Joseph and Daniel Chase; six great-grandchildren.
Services for Frances Humphrey, 70, Trinidad, were held Nov. 30, 2008, at the Trinidad Cemetery with Johnny Morgan officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Humphrey was born June 29, 1938, in Dawson to the late Nellie Mae Green and Arthur Eugene Poston and died Nov. 26, 2008, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her husband R.G. “Cy” Humphrey, sister Dorothy Burkett, and brothers Jerry, Randall and Jesse Poston.
She was a housewife.
Survivors include her daughter Vicki Watts, Trinidad; sons Jim, Daniel and Bruce Humphrey, all of Trinidad; sister Pat and husband Robert Tidball; brothers John and wife Frances Poston; Billy and wife Judy Poston and Darrell and wife Shirley Poston; grandchildren Amy Wilks, Patricia Reyes and Julie and husband Tray McKinney; great-grandchild Charles Reyes; numerous nieces and nephews.
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