Funeral services for Clifford D. “Cliff” Brown, 80, will be Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Northwest Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Leonard Ezell and Dr. Virgil Trout. Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be conducted following services in the church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park


Funeral services for Clifford D. “Cliff” Brown, 80, will be Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Northwest Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Leonard Ezell and Dr. Virgil Trout. Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be conducted following services in the church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park


Son of the late Joe and Vera Cowden Brown, Cliff was born June 23, 1928, at Alpers, Oklahoma in far northwest Carter County. A graduate of the Woodland High School, Class of 1947, Cliff was of Native American ancestry, and was proud of his Cherokee Indian heritage. He died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at his Ardmore, Oklahoma home following an extended illness.


Cliff served four years in the US Air Force during the Korean War. While being stationed in Europe he installed communication systems at Army bases throughout England and Germany.


A resident of Ardmore since 1952, coming here from Hennepin, he and Margaret Pursley Clark were married June 19, 1982, at Ardmore by the late Dr. Edwin Parker. He counseled them on love, family relationships and the bonds of marriage. Following their marriage they united with the Northwest Baptist Church.


An analytical person, Cliff served on many civic boards in the community including the Carter County Excise Board, SODA, the Equalization Board, the Northwest Baptist Building Committee and the Finance Team. 


Cliff realized a longtime desire when he became a 32nd Degree Mason in 1998, after much study and being tutored by Ted Pruitt of Lone Grove.


Cliff and Margaret owned major interests in their businesses the Joe Brown Co., Inc, and Century 21 Clark and Reed, Inc. Elected President of Joe Brown Co., Inc. in August 1982, Cliff served until August 1993, when he retired.  He continued to do contract and evaluation work for several more years for companies in Oklahoma and Texas.


A quiet, reserved man, Cliff cared deeply about his very diversified family and helped each of them as they grew up, married and had families of their own. He was well known for loving the color pink and having many different types and styles of pink shirts. He even had a pair of sporty pink shorts he wore occasionally. He was his own man dedicated to God, family, friends and community who will be missed by his family, church family, the community he quietly served and all the Joe Brown Co. employees who worked with him over a span of fifty plus years.


Survivors include his wife, Margaret Brown of the home, a son, Clifford Scott Brown and his wife, Frances, Ardmore, Okla., two daughters, Debra and her husband, Charley Allison, Hennepin, Okla., Rebecca Hardin and her husband, Michael, Center Point, Texas, three step sons, Johnny Clark and his wife, Vickie, Roger Clark and his wife, Sherry, B. J. Clark and his wife, Danielle all of Ardmore; three brothers, Bert Brown and his wife, Ruth, Blum, Texas, Ted Brown, Lone Grove, Okla. and Dale Brown, Oklahoma City, Okla.; four sisters, Maxine Bumgarner, Kennewick, Washington,  Dot Wells, Norman, Okla., Fern Primrose, Davis, Okla., Bernice King and her husband, Jim of Oklahoma City, two sisters-in-law, Betsy Brown, Hennepin, Okla. and Dorothy Brown, Davis, Okla., a brother-in-law, Jackie Reece of  Tecumseh, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, Scott Brown, Dallas, Texas, Betty Cowie and her husband, Den, of Ardmore, Kevin Warren and his wife, Camille, Hennepin, Okla., Krystal Rawls and her husband, Justin of Hennepin, Okla., Skyler Marlow, Corpus Christi, Texas, Aiden and Cullen Clark, Ardmore, Cory Clark and wife, Tanae, Edmond, Okla., Kristie Bascus and husband, Tony of Ardmore; great-grandchildren include Caleigh and Alexandra Cowie, Chance, Chase and Balee Warren, Kobee and Kolton Rawls, Ashlyn, Kolby and Kyla Clark. His parents, three brothers, Joe D. Brown, James Brown, Gene Brown, and a sister, Rachel Reece preceded him in death.


Memorials may be made to the Children’s Shelter or the YWCA Grace Center of Ardmore.
A time of support and visitation is scheduled Monday, June 1, 2009, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.  Condolences may be expressed on line at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.