Published 12:00 am Monday, September 15, 2008
Richard Marvin Brown, 88, of Havana, Florida died Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at his home. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, September 14, 2008 at Salem United Methodist Church in Havana. The interment will be at 2 p.m. (CDT) Monday at Forrest Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the funeral home. Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com.)
Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 1545 Raymond Diehi Rd., Suite 102, Tallahassee, Florida 32308 or Salem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 646, Havana, Florida 32333.
Mr. Brown was born December 3, 1919 in Birmingham, Alabama. After high school he attended Birmingham Southern College, studying engineering. He enlisted in the Army on April 24, 1942. He was part of the 75th Infantry Division: Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland. He was a Communication Specialist. He was a proud American and proud of his service record to his country. After the service on January 6, 1945 he married his wife Margaret. He then attended and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for South Alabama Electric Cooperative in Troy for more than 25 years. He then started his service with Talquin Electric Cooperative on May 6, 1974 as Director of Engineering Services in the electric department.
At Talquin, Marvin as was called, quickly made many new friends who in his own words, “made me feel welcome.” It was easy working with and befriending Marvin because he was so easy to get along with and absorbed the Engineering Department duties easily. After about 13 years of employment at Talquin, Mr. Brown ended his years of service on December 31, 1987. He later served as a consultant. He will be missed by his Talquin Electric family. He was also a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Louise Brown of Havana; one daughter, Clare Louise Davis-Roth of Havana; one granddaughter, Bonnye Elizabeth Westphal (and her husband, Wayne) of Havana; two great-grandchildren, Logan Richard Westphal and Kenneth Wayne Westphal; one brother, G.B. Brown of Birmingham and one sister, Anita Brown May of Birmingham.