Abraham (Coach) Brown Jr.

Abraham Brown Jr. 67, of College Station, was greeted by his God on his home going Friday morning, May 26, 2017, in the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan, TX. Life Tribute Services honoring his life along with Military Honors will be at 2 pm on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the funeral home. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.

Abraham was born to Abraham and Helen Blue Brown in Jacksonville, Ill., on October 4, 1949. He was one of four children to Abraham Sr. and his wife. Abraham Jr. was a man of moral foundation and faith. He strove for perfection and offered encouragement to others throughout his life. He married the love of his life Jacqueline Ann Mitchell on March 14, 1970, in Jacksonville, Illinois. The young coach and his bride would begin a life together, which offered many opportunities to grow as one. They followed his Track and Field coaching career, which moved them several times beginning with the University of North Texas (Alumni Member), Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University and Abilene Christian University. Coach Brown retired from Texas A&M University in 2004. He was the assistant coach for the men and women’s horizontal jumps, relay team, sprints and high hurdles.

Coach Brown enjoyed life off the track field as well; he was a family man who enjoyed cooking his BBQ and listening to an array of music genres for all to enjoy. He also loved to go to a garage sale and to visit the Jockey Lot (flea market). He loved a good bargain. His family, colleagues, former athletes, and friends will miss him; but we all know coach would want us to enjoy an adult beverage of choice in his honor.

His mother Helen Brown predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Jacqueline Brown; children Abraham Brown III, Adam Brown, Ashlee Brown and husband Aaron Cheatham; grandson Alonzo; his father Abraham Brown Sr.; his sisters Cheryl McCleary and husband Ellis; Aurelia Reese, and Bonnie Fearson; and other close family and friends.

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  1. Jacquie, Abe III, Adam and Ashlee,

    Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you at your time of sorrow.

    Along with Abe’s love for you his family, his legacy and light will shine daily in the hearts of many young people whose lives he has touched.

    May God surround you with His strength and love,

    Carolyn and Rob Evans

  2. My family has lost a dear friend and God had accepted one of the finest people anyone of us has ever known. Abe will now be in the kingdom of the lord, forever.

    We will miss you Abe.

  3. To the family of Coach Brown. He was a inspiration to me and helped mold me into the man I am today. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow. May god bless you.

  4. Coach Brown helped me become the strong individual I am today, teaching me about hard work, perseverance, and being respectful of others. I truly appreciate all the wisdom he poured into me so that I may pass it to others. I will truly miss him.

  5. My sincere condolences to Coach Abe Brown’s family upon his passing. I have known Coach Brown many years in coaching circles, since at least 1988. He was one fine hurdles coach! By his service at North Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Abilene Christian, Coach Brown significantly touched the lives of many athletes and fellow coaches. We acknowledge and celebrate his excellent work, and he will be missed in the coaching community and beyond.
    Rest in peace Coach Brown.

  6. Coach was our friend and garage sale buddy. We always enjoyed seeing him, and he will be missed. Prayers for the family.

  7. my condolences to you and your family, Jacquie on the loss of your husband Abe. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  8. The “dad” will be truly missed. Jackie you will always be my Peanut Butter.. Oct 1993 is when i met yall and adopted me into the family. I will continue to look out for the “mom” Love you DAD!!

  9. sorry for your loss ,me and Abe were in kindergarten together and graduated 1967. I knew he was in Texas and coaching. Abe had a good life from what I read . But cut to short . thought and prays are with u and family. REST IN PEACE C0ACH

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I had the pleasure of being coached by Coach Brown and he was a wonderful man. He was a positive influence on so many lives and will be missed.

  11. Coach Brown was an inspiration to me. He was a great motivator on the track. He e taught me a lot. Love you coach!

  12. To Jackie and family, Our hearts are with you as you mourn the loss of Abe, so soon after Harriett. Memories take us back a few years!
    The Birdsell familly, Jacksonville

  13. I have nothing but good memories of Abe even though I only knew him for a short 4 years in high school. Definitely one of the good guys. Condolences to Jacquie and all those who hold him dear.

  14. Condolences to Jacquie and the family. I will remember all the good times we had growing up in Jacksonville, IL Love you cuz!

  15. My thoughts and prayers are with your family especially today as you say goodbye bye to your loving husband, father, and grandfather. Cherish the memories whenever you feel lonely while you listen to his
    8 track tape collection and know that he will always be with you.

  16. I met “Bussey” when I was 4 years old. We lived at 583 Independence in Jacksonville and he was the first friend I ever remember having. I spent many an afternoon playing at his house, I think it was on Allen St., because Mrs. Brown would not let him cross Independence St. The Browns always accepted me into their home, never minding that I was white. When I turned 5, my Mother planned a birthday party for me at our house and of course I wanted my best friend Bussey to attend. My mother had to walk down to the Browns house and convince Mrs. Brown that it was okay for him to attend. It was one of the few times he was at my house. I didn’t know his name was Abraham until we were in Jr. High and by that time we were on different tracks, him sports and me helping my Mom and Dad move to the country and run their Burger Chef business. I saw him at one of our 1967 class reunions and he laughed when I called him by his nickname. He said that was what his sisters called him and that I had better keep it a secret. I will always think of him fondly, proud that he was my friend, and he will sorely be missed.

  17. Jacqui I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Abe. I remember very well your love story that began in high school….Two very special people that were two of the best of the best back in the JHS days in the 60’s. Please know you have our prayers. I know that you know that God will see you through. God Bless you and all of your family.

  18. We are all very sorry for your loss.
    Coach will be greatly missed.
    He always would stop and talk to all of us at the Hospice Thrift Store.
    He was such a delight. He was a very positive man.
    RIP Coach
    Patty, Lily (Hospice Thrift Store)

  19. My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you on the passing of Abe. I felt I needed to let you all know that Abe had a very special influence on my life. We both attended Franklin Grade School in Franklin, Illinois in different classrooms but we rode the school bus together and most times sat together on it. It was such a short time when he attended Franklin but he was a gentleman even tho some weren’t. He was very tolerant when he had every right to be mad (it made me mad) and with that I learned that I did not want to be like them. He taught me not to stoop to their level by getting mad and yelling back. I felt sad when I lost my bus buddy & friend when he moved to Jacksonville but I later read about his great accomplishments at JHS!! God knew where he best needed to be 🙂
    Reading his obituary, he went on to even greater accomplishments and it was nice to read about YOU, his family and the things he enjoyed. He will hold a special place in my heart always and I know he will be with all of you still because he’s right there in YOUR hearts.
    Eternal rest grant unto Abe O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May Abe’s soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.

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