James Allen Brown Jr., 54, of McKinney, Texas, passed away on November 21, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.
There will be a visitation held privately due to COVID at Merit Memorial on November 25, 2020, as well as a private graveside service at Fort Sill National Cemetery on November 27, 2020.
James Allen Brown Jr. was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to James Brown Sr. and Carole (Borderieux) Brown on June 21, 1966. He attended high school at East Robertson School and graduated in 1984.
James served in the USAF for 24 years where he attained the rank of SMSgt working as an antennae technician, First Sergeant, and as an AWACS crew member. Proudly defending our country, he deployed in the Global War on Terrorism following 9/11. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. After retiring from the military, he worked as a Senior Systems Engineer for Rockwell Collins for seven years.
Jim loved flying, scuba diving, and skiing. When he really wanted adventure however, he would root for the Philadelphia Eagles and his beloved Tennessee Volunteers. His loyalty to his teams never wavered because that’s who he was at his core-steadfast, loyal and loving with an endearing sense of humor that carried him through life’s toughest challenges.
He received the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in the Air Force and continued serving the community after retirement in the Civil Air Patrol.
James Allen Brown Jr. is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jodie Brown; two sons Jonathan and Justin Brown; beloved granddaughter McKinley Brown; his father, James Brown Sr. and mother, Carole (Earl) Petty; two sisters Becky (Mike) Brown-Hagmaier and Debbi (Rick) Talley; two nephews, Matt Wilber and Nick Hagmaier; one niece, Cassie Wilber.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother Cheryl Brown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Rizvi and his oncology team at UT Southwestern Simmons Medical Center.