Wayne Thomas Brown Sr. died Feb. 4, 2020 at the age of 96.
He will be buried after a graveside service at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Center Cemetery in Lampasas County near his ranch. Sneed Funeral Chapel has charge of arrangements.
He was born in 1923 to Anna Belle Carpenter and George A. Brown in Burkett Texas in Coleman County.
A member of what is considered “the greatest generation,” he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was sailing to Japan on the USS Kasaan Bay when the war ended.
His family had moved to Fort Worth during the war, and Wayne brought his bride, Mildred Elane (Grimmett) Brown, here to begin their lives together.
After graduating from Texas Wesleyan College at the same time as his sister and mother, he started his first career as a cameraman and reporter at WBAP Channel 5 where he worked with people such as Bobbie Wygant, Pat Boone and Bob Schieffer. He covered John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth and was one of the few in attendance at Lee Harvey Oswald’s funeral.
Retirement began at age 55 after 30 years at the television station, which had become KXAS and now is known as NBC-DFW.
His second career as a rancher began after he moved to his cattle ranch near Lometa. His favorite pastime was fiddling, and he was a regular at the Pearl Bluegrass Show where there is a practice room named in his honor.
He lived the last few years of his life with his daughter Frances Faulkenburry and son-in-law Marvin. He is survived by them and his daughter Mary Brown; son Wayne Thomas Brown Jr.; his sister Frances Thompson; two nieces, one nephew and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.