DUBLIN Mack Brown, 88, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Austin.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church in Dublin with Rev. Cathy Mordecai and Rev. Ronny Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Erath Gardens of Memory.

Mack was born on Aug. 24, 1919, to Preston and Eula Mae Brown in Proctor. He attended school in Proctor and Dublin graduating in 1936. He married Lavena Ray on Feb. 9, 1942. They had two children, Sidney Preston Brown and Sylvia Maxine Brown.

In 1941, Mack joined the Air Force and was stationed in Wichita Falls, San Antonio and Liberal, Kan. The family moved to Stephenville in 1945. Mack worked as a carpenter and started his ownership of businesses in automobile services in Dublin. Mack opened his own business, Red Front Firestone and Service Station on March 17, 1954, in Dublin. He later sold that business and after a time opened Brown Tire Store, also in Dublin. At 55 he sold that business and began building service stations for Gaines Oil Company.

After the death of Lavena, Mack renewed the acquaintance of a school classmate, Eloise Hodges Morgan, and they were married on June 6, 1991.

Mack served on the Dublin City Council as well as being a member of the board of directors of the Upper Leon Water Board and the Dublin Rodeo Association. He was a member of the American Legion, Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge #504 where he served as Past Chancellor of Dublin Lodge #107. Mack was a life long member of the First United Methodist Church of Dublin, serving on numerous boards and sharing his talent as a skilled carpenter with the church.

Mack was an avid fisherman fishing local tanks, lakes and rivers. Mack loved to travel and fish, taking his grandchildren on many memorable trips. As well as the fun both he and the grandchildren had fishing, he passed along to them his love and skills of fishing.

Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Eula Mae Brown; wife, Lavena Ray Brown; brothers, Edward Brown, Skeet Brown and Andrew Brown; sister, Vera Brown Ewing; and grandson, Marty Hudson.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise Brown; sons and daughters-in-law, Sid and Cynthia Brown and Scott and Nancy Morgan; daughters and son-in-law, Sylvia and Dud Hudson and Sharon Mallouf; grandchildren and spouses, Catherine and Steve Granville, Derreck and Maggie Brown, Justin Brown, Leslie and Dawn Hudson, Thad and Wendi Hudson, Stacey and C.W. Schneider, Russell and Raven Morgan, Leslie and Arron Veach, and Clay Mallouf; 10 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends who will miss him dearly.

Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Dublin.

Published May 12, 2008

Stephenville Empire-Tribune