Brown, Brigadier General (Dr.) JRoyston
February 27, 1928 - August 5, 2018
Brigadier General (Dr.) JRoyston Brown of Plano, Texas passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 90.
Celebration of Life service will be on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
A procession will follow the service to the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211, for the graveside service, with military honors, at 2:00 pm.
A LIFE WELL LIVED
Very few men reach the highest achievements in one recognized public professional profession, much less two of them in the normal 70 years of life; however, JRoyston Brown, a small-town country boy from Arkansas, did exactly that!
This individual earned the highest marks as an anesthesiologist in the medical profession, as well as reaching the rank of Brigadier General in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. Quite outstanding for achieving all of this in only one lifetime.
JRoyston Brown had two professional titles to his name, Doctor Brown and General Brown. He went by both, according to where he was serving, in a civilian or VA Hospital or whether he was a Commander of a military unit.
He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on February 27, 1928. He grew up in a home of structure, discipline, work and faith. At an early age this young Brown boy didn’t care much about school and studying. He would rather be out playing with neighbor kids, having fun.
It was not surprising that after high school, he joined the United States Army, which began a 40 years military romance and duty to his Country as an Infantry Private. Before he retired from the Army as a General Officer, he would be promoted 13 times, from a Private to a One Star.
As a young soldier on the frozen hills and snow-covered valleys of North Korea, he experienced the horrors of war, seeing death and destruction up close and almost personal. That war, called a “Police Action,” helped develop him into a “Soldiers Soldier” and with American blood pouring across the battlefield developed his heart of a warrior, a true Patriot, as well as a great American. This man, for a lifetime, wore with pride the “Combat Infantry Badge” even as he transitioned into the Army Medical Corps as a medical officer.
There were many unique experiences this man had in life and one of them was he quit Medical School at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock after only a few months into his training. To be selected as one of approximately 50 doctors in training was honor enough; to walk away from this opportunity was unheard of by most people. His father was extremely ill and was moving towards the end of life when Medical Student Brown felt he should go home and help care for him.
It never happens; however, it did happen to JRoyston Brown. After many months, another student dropped out and he was invited by a professor who saw “hidden possibilities” in this young man and persuaded the Dean of the Medical School to allow Brown to return.
Not only did he return to Medical school, but with a promise to Nancy Sue Tuck, a young lady who had previously turned down his proposal for marriage, that he would succeed to become a doctor, and she would marry him.
He kept his word and she kept hers, and they were married for nearly five decades. He graduated toward the top of his Medical School class with special training as an anesthesiologist and practiced medicine for more than 40 years. They spent most of their lifetime together in Texarkana, Arkansas, where Dr. Brown had his medical practice.
At the same time, he continued his military participation in the Active Reserves, and traveled to his military assignments across the country. Dr. Brown’s most prestigious assignment was always that of a “Combat Medic.” Reaching the highest plateau of General Officer is achieved by less than one-half of one percent in all Army Officers.
The love of his life preceded Dr. Brown to Heaven by four years, and yet he continued to develop his life physically, mentally and spiritually. He lived more than 33,000 days and for nearly all of those he was a “self-developer” and one who reached out in friendship and kindness to others.
Dr. Brown was an early riser, beginning most days at about 4:00am. After a Spartan breakfast, reading the Bible followed by prayer, he was off to the gym. It was not surprising when he was found about 6:00 on Sunday morning, August 5, 2018 he was slumped over a treadmill machine that completed his workout, and his life on earth.
There is a saying that fit Dr. Brown quite well, according to those who knew him best. “OLE SOLDIERS NEVER QUIT ON LONG MARCHES.” He didn’t quit until he reached Heaven, and there to join His Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity.
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