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In Loving Memory

Floyd Neri Brown, Jr.

August 3, 1927 – April 10, 2020

Floyd Neri Brown, Jr. was born on August 3, 1927 to Floyd N. Brown, Sr. and Lettie Avitts Brown in the small community of Hastings, TX.  He was the eldest of 6 children—Floyd Jr., Ona Mae, Jamie, Carmie, Connie and Stanley.  As a child, Floyd Jr. enjoyed nature and living on the family farm.  After attending early grade school in Alvin, his family moved to Friendswood so they could worship at the Friends Church.  In 1936, he was thrown from a horse (riding bareback) while helping a neighbor, severely breaking his right leg.  After a year of hospitalization and home convalescence, his father took him to a revival meeting in Houston.  By his faith in God, his leg miraculously was healed.  Even though the bone healed, it limited his participation in football.  His desire to be on the team got him the position—water boy. 

Floyd Sr., as a 1940s member of FISD School Board, donated live oak trees for the school grounds.  Floyd Jr. helped his father plant these around the school building.  Those beautiful live oak trees still line the street in front of the old school. 

Floyd graduated from Friendswood High School in 1944.  He attended Friends Bible College (now Barclay College) in Haviland, KS and Pacific College (now George Fox University) in Newberg, OR.  In 1948, he graduated from Friends University in Wichita, KS with a BA.  Floyd moved back to Friendswood.  On December 20, 1949, Floyd married Marjorie Faye Glines, a lifetime resident of Friendswood (Class of 1949).  Floyd Jr., with brothers Carmie and Connie, started the Brown Brothers Dairy, also raising beef cattle. 

As a Quaker, he served his country during the Korean War as a Conscientious Objector working at the State Hospital in San Antonio for 2 years, where Cheryl and Jamie were both born.  Upon returning to Friendswood, Ronnie was born.  Floyd worked at Hughes Tool on the third shift while attending University of Houston to earn his Texas teachers' certification.  He also served as a charter member of Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department. 

 Throughout his career, Floyd held various leadership positions for FISD.  Twice, he volunteered to be an unpaid band director–later teaching band, choir, public school music and numerous other classes for 9 years (1958-1967).  By then, he had earned his Master's degree.  He served as Acting Superintendent (spring 1967) and Junior High Principal for 9 more years (1967-1976).  He later enjoyed serving on FISD's Board of Education for 6 years.  He retired early from FISD, forming Brown Associates to assist elderly relatives with estate management needs.  

A lifelong Quaker, Floyd was dedicated to Friendswood Friends Church (FFC) and often led the congregation in singing hymns, with Margie usually playing the organ or piano, during worship services.  Throughout his 92 years, he held many leadership roles, including Presiding Clerk, and served on various committees.  As FFC Cemetery Administrator through the years, he measured plots for funerals of many long-time Quakers.  In addition, he spent countless hours setting up and maintaining the church sound equipment and recorded hundreds of church services, funerals and weddings using reel-to-reel, cassette and CD recorders.  He also drove buses for school and volunteered as a bus driver picking up kids for Sunday School and church. 

After riding horses as a kid, Floyd's first motorcycle was a 1930s-era Harley, which was followed by a 1940s-era Harley he rode with his brothers.  While attending college in Kansas, he received his private pilot license.  He flew various tail-dragger and tricycle landing gear aircraft.  Taking metal shop classes in college, he learned to weld and was a knowledgeable mechanic and electrician.  He could run, operate and repair just about anything, including tractors, bulldozers, backhoes, etc. 

One of Floyd's proudest accomplishments, other than his wonderful family, was when he and Margie celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last December with their extended family.  Floyd was known as "Pa" and Margie is "Mimi" to all the immediate family and more.  Pa and Mimi had much patience with kids, spending a lot of extra time on projects—explaining to kids and including them in their many adventures.  For nearly 40 years, they generously dedicated themselves to sharing their love, faith, education and music with their grandkids. 

Floyd had a servant's heart and lived his life being respectful of others.  He was honored for his achievements as a Distinguished FISD Alum in 2009, representing the Character Counts "Trait of Respect".  In his humble way, he was most proud of this award.  He cared about educating the children of Friendswood and was dedicated to providing service to his community.  Floyd and Margie were pleased to maintain friendships with many of their childhood friends, church friends, former students, fellow school administrators and teachers, as well as welcoming new friends moving into our community as it quickly grew.  The family appreciates the visits of many friends and relatives the past few years. 

Floyd Brown, Jr. is survived by his loving wife Marjorie and family:  daughter Cheryl (Steve Huber), daughter-in-law Cindy, son Ronnie (Suzy); grandchildren:  Nathan (Grace), Andrea, Wesley, Caleb (Danielle), Sara (Justin Thorne) and Jacy; great-grandchildren:  Ariel, Blythe and Cyrus Brown, and Caleb and Danielle's baby son-to-be; Floyd's sister Ona Mae Worden and brothers Connie (Elaine) and Stanley (Eloise); brother- and sister-in-law Billy and Jackie Glines and sister-in-law Carol Glines Brown.  He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous other relatives and friends. 

Floyd was predeceased by his parents; father- and mother-in-law Ransom and Mildred Glines; brothers Jamie and Carmie; sister-in-law Lois Jean Glines Brown; brother-in-law Myron Worden; and beloved son Jamie.  Floyd was the Patriarch of the Brown family and coordinated many reunions with a host of almost 100 relatives every 4 years.  He leaves a legacy of devotion to the Lord, family and the Friendswood community. 

For a long time, Floyd N. Brown, Jr. has been ready for the Lord to take him Home.  He quietly passed into Heaven on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.  He fought a good fight, finished his course and kept the faith (II Timothy 4:11).  His family rejoices that he was with God on glorious Easter Sunday! 

When in the long-term care facility for 1-1/2 years, Floyd had many visitors, young and old.  These were cherished moments that kept him going.  Amongst them all, one of the most appropriate and funniest stories was when Greg Jeter came for a visit.  Greg rounded the corner and walked through the doorway.  Floyd quickly and pointedly asked "Well, Greg, are you here for me?"  (pause)  Yes, Greg, he was ready.  Dust-to-dust, ashes-to-ashes. 

The family especially thanks Wes Brown for his loving care and assistance to Pa and Mimi this past year.  We appreciate the caring staff at Friendship Haven in Friendswood, as well as the staff and sitters of Home Instead who were so helpful to Floyd and Margie these past few years.  We are grateful for the compassionate staff in the Emergency Room at Clear Lake Hospital and the kind 6th floor nurses who cared for Pa in his last hours. 

Being mindful of CDC regulations during this Covid-19 pandemic, the family plans a private service at FFC Cemetery.  At a later date, a Celebration of Life will be held at the church.  If you would like to commemorate Floyd's life, the family suggests memorials to (1) Friendswood Friends Church–Missions, 502 South Friendswood Drive, Friendswood TX 77546 or (2) Friendswood Schools Museum, c/o Friendswood ISD Administration Bldg, 302 Laurel Drive, Friendswood TX 77546.  

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20 thoughts on “Floyd Neri Brown, Jr.”

  1. Larry & Kathy McClaugherty

    Margie and Brown family please accept our most sincere condolences. Floyd was an amazing gentle man. He served the Friendswood community in so many ways in such a positive way with such class. I was so blessed to work with him on the FISD Board and live only a block from him and Margie for 44 years. Kathy & I loved him and Margie. The Brown family are just awesome. Big hug from Kathy & me with prayers for all.

    1. Janis McIntosh

      I'm so sad for your family's loss BUT I'm happy for Floyd. I know he's celebrating heaven and being with his loved ones there.
      He was such a great example to all of us, I
      have very fond memories of him as a neighbor, church leader, my teacher and our principal and friend. He will be missed.

  2. Harold and Marilyn Doiron

    Harold and I wish to send sincere condolences to the Brown family. Floyd was such a fine Christian gentleman. I served on the Friendswood ISD School Board with Floyd. He was a very quiet man, but when he spoke it was with great wisdom. He served his community and his church humbly and with dedication. His love for Margie and his family was so evident. He will be missed.
    May the peace of Christ be with the Brown family during this time of grief.

  3. Kathy Kelly Brafford

    Mr. Brown was such a sweet and kind leader in Friendswood and especially in the Friendswood schools and Friends church. My heart is breaking for his family.

    Sincerely,
    Kathy Kelly Brafford

  4. Kathy (Chennault) Gaddy

    Mr. Brown was such a big part of my memories growing up in Friendswood – as was all of his family. I loved them all. So glad I got to see him and Margie last year at church one Sunday when I was visiting from Tennessee. Rest in Peace, Mr. Brown. I know Heaven just got sweeter with your presence.

  5. Everyone knows how I felt about Floyd. There were two people on this earth that meant the world to me: My grandmother who raised me and Floyd who made me a better person. Floyd was special in every way!
    My heartfelt condolences to Margie and the kids. Floyd will be missed!

  6. Scott Chennault

    One of the nicest people I ever knew. Teacher, leader and a great Christian example. My consoles to the Brown family

  7. Many fond memories of Floyd Jr. and family. He was a quiet man who humbly served His Lord during his life on earth. My prayers of comfort and peace are with Margie, Cheryl, Ron, his sister Ona Mae and all family. I love and miss you dearly. ❤️🙏💙🙏

  8. Louise W McClure

    Mr. Brown was truly a gentleman and a gentle man. A devoted Christian mentor to many over the years. Very helpful to me with several situations. He was very instrumental in my educational career. I truly hope he knew how important he was to so many. He will leave a void, and many wonderful memories.

  9. Our time with your family was so special. Our prayers are with you during this time of loss. We love you all.
    Clark & Janie McQuigg

  10. Stephen R Skeeter

    Peace be with you Brown family. Mr Brown always met me at church with a firm handshake and a smile.
    Stephen Skeeter

  11. May the Brown family find peace in their heart knowing what a devout kind gentle person Floyd was in life and now residing in his heavenly home. He was mentor to so many who remember him being part of Friendswood's community at the Friends Church, at school and all his other endeavors, always involved in our lives. Our love and condolences to the family.
    Perry Lee and Susan Brown

  12. Lee and Cindy Hamilton

    Mr. Brown was such a sweet man that always had such a beautiful smile. He will be missed by many especially in the Friendswood community and in the church. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the Mrs. Brown and the whole Brown family. He will be missed.

  13. Prayers for your family at this difficult time Floyd was a special man and will always have special memories when we moved to Friendswood in 1971

  14. Margie,
    Dorothy and I have held you and Floyd in our prayers for years and continue to do so. Please know we love you and will see you at the memorial service when it's held. We look forward to spending eternity with you and our Lord.
    John

  15. I begin Friendswood high school in 1959. The first timeI Imet Floyd and Margie was at church and it was always a blessing to see and
    talk with them. It made my day better and happier. Floyd will be missed very much. When time comes for the Memorial it will nice
    to share it with he and Margie.
    Linda Fosterr

  16. You have my deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Brown. He was, and will be, one of the original positive influences on my life. I will always recall Mr. Brown (as well as your entire family) as a kind and pleasant man who walked his talk; a straight shooter with high values which he instilled in so many of us.
    I could go on and on but will simply say that the Friendswood Schools, the City of Friendswood, and humanity in general is better off for Mr. Browns presence and influence.
    God bless you all,
    Matt Taylor

  17. Lydia Boyer Abuisi

    Cheryl,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dad. Peace and prayers.

  18. Yajaira Garcia

    My Lord gave you stranigth to support this..
    Ms Floyd this is Yacky from Frienship Heaven..
    I am sorry!!

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