The Curry Coastal Pilot

Thomas Alfred Brown, 74, of Brookings, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sept. 18, 2013.

He was born March 3, 1939 in Bell City, Mo.

Tom and his family moved to Marysville, Calif., when he was 6 years old. During this time he picked fruit in the orchards of California. At age 16, he worked part-time at the Western Hotel in Marysville as a bellhop. While attending high school there he was reunited with Carol Whitley with whom he had picked fruit when they were 6 years old. They were married Sept. 23, 1956, in Reno, Nev. when both were just 17.

The couple moved to Coos Bay in 1957, where he began working for Georgia Pacific's Bunker Hill Lumber Mill. He began millwrighting at age 20. He received a congratulatory letter from then Governor Mark Hatfield for being one of the first to complete the Oregon State Maintenance Millwright Program. Tom was grandfathered into the newly-formed program as a journeyman.

When the mill closed in 1981, Tom spent two years in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana working for Sweet Six and Diamond Oil Drilling companies.

In 1983, the Brown family moved to Brookings, where Tom worked for South Coast Lumber Company as a maintenance millwright and welder until he retired.

Tom was very active in every church he attended, as a board member, Sunday school teacher and mentor.

Tom is survived by his wife Carol Brown of Brookings; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Junnie Brown; and daughter Sherry Halleib, all of Brookings; son Brad Brown of Washington; sister Faye Lewis of Clearlake, Calif; brothers Claude Brown Jr. of Ukiah, Calif. and Ted Harmon of Coos Bay. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 5, at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 15803 Highway 101, in Harbor.

Submitted by the family.