Barney Umphrey Brown
Barney Umphrey Brown
  • October 23, 1919 - January 19, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Brown, Barney U., Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed away on January 19, 2017 at the age of 97. Another of the greatest generation has blessed us and made us proud. He was born in Yale, Oklahoma to Barney Sr. and Dema Brown on October 23, 1919.
Barney grew up in Oklahoma City, graduated from Oklahoma A&M with a degree in Agriculture, and went on to serve proudly and with honor in the United States Army and Army Reserve. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1963.
He married Virginia Martin Brown and their romance continued for 75 years. After serving in World War II, they returned to Oklahoma City and joined his father in the wholesale petroleum business. Thus began a four generation business that originated in the Stockyards and is now known as Red Rock Distribution Co.
With a passion for work, Barney continued his various business interests well into his 95th year. As a charter member of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, he and Virginia enjoyed socializing with many friends, cutting a rug on the dance floor and golfing. He was a longtime member of United Methodist Church of Nichols Hills where he served in many capacities over his 60 year membership. He was also active in various organizations related to the petroleum industry. And he was a proud member of the Oklahoma State University Chapter of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Having been blessed with a long healthy life, Barney was happiest spending time with his family. He leaves behind to cherish these memories, wife Virginia, son, Steve and wife Lora Brown, and daughter, Becky and her husband Brad Johnston. Affectionately known as Mac to his 5 grandchildren, Matt and Kristen Brown, Meredith Brown Wrighton and Rand, Ryan and Jessica Johnston, Megan Johnston Barron and Dan and Rachel Johnston, he provided memories to last a lifetime. His 9 great-grandchildren who will carry on his generous legacy are Bella and Micah Brown, Hollis and Syms Wrighton, William, Adeline and Anna Barron, and Elin and Reece Johnston.
The family would like to give a special thanks for the compassionate care provided by Patsy, Mary, Melisha, Nesha and George his confidante, companion and Cattleman's cohort.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the United Methodist Church of Nichols Hills or Sigma Nu Education Fund. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Nichols Hills United Methodist Church.
Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.