29 Oct Joe Lynn Brown
May 9, 1920
Joe Lynn Brown
Joe Lynn Brown, the youngest of 8 children of Luther Virgil Brown and Dannie Mary Jones Brown is born May 9, 1920. Joe lived a fairly uneventful life as the child of a farming family in Fayette County. When he was 18, he overheard his uncle Rome Stinchcomb whispering to his parents on the front porch. Soon after he left, a neighbor came to tell them that Uncle Rome had been found dead in the road not far away. The memories gave him bad dreams 60 years later.
Joe registered for the draft July 1, 1941, he was working as a machinist in Atlanta, and enlisted at Ft McPherson 11 Jun 1942. Joe spent his time in the Army in the 79th Infantry Division and fought in 9 major battles. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery, heroism and meritorious service. He kept a record of his military service and created a “Hall of Fame” in his home in his later years, with details, letters and his medals proudly displayed.
After he was discharged, Joe went straight to Stonewall Georgia, and married his sweetheart, Helen Cochran and took her home with him to Fayetteville. He and Helen had 4 children, Terry, Mike, Cheryl and Ted.
Joe and his brother Erroll worked hard, saved their money, and bought into the Johnson and Brown Machine Works, eventually buying out the other partner. Joe did not enroll at Georgia Tech, but attended classes to enhance his business knowledge. He and brother Erroll farmed and raised cattle on hundreds of acres they bought in the Brooks area of Fayette County.
In 1966 Joe was named Man of the Year in Soil Conservation by the Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District. In 1974 Joe and Helen moved from their home in College Park to the home they built on a knoll on their farm in Brooks. After retirement, Joe and Helen traveled the world, and he proudly kept a map of their travels in his Hall of Fame.
Life went on, Joe maintained his cheerful spirit when he lost the love of his life and a daughter. His mind and sense of humor remained sharp until he passed on June 13, 2019
By Jane Strickland
Source: Joe Lynn Brown and his Obituary