Brown, Brigadier General (Dr.) JRoyston

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February 27, 1928 - August 5, 2018

Brown, Brigadier General (Dr.) JRoyston

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.


               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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Col Conner W. Hawkins

September 06, 2018 3:32PM

I am sending condolences on behalf of my husband (too ill to send himself). I know he was honored to serve under Gen. Brown. He always spoke highly of him. Farewell Gen Brown.

Marco Marin, COL, USA (Ret.)

August 21, 2018 7:49PM

For those of us who never had the honor of serving under this fine officer, our condolences to his family. I am proud to be a 807th Medical Brigade "alumnus" and be among such fine patriots. God speed BG Brown.

Sandra Morris

August 13, 2018 4:18PM

I first met Dr Brown as a new graduate Registered Nurse in 1970 in the Operating Room at Wadley Hospital. As I moved into management Dr Brown became a good friend I could confide in and ask for advice. He was always professional and I so admired his exceptional skills as an anesthesiologist. I missed him when he moved from Texarkana, and have thought of him often in the years since. Rest in peace my friend.

Lou Ella Humphrey

August 13, 2018 1:52PM

I first came to know Dr. Brown in 1956 I was a new Registered Nurse and worked the night shift at UAMS which had only recently moved into its "new" location (62 years ago) on Markham Street in Little Rock.
At that time the concept of Recovery Rooms (Post Anesthesia Care) for the "recovering" post anesthesia patients was a new one and the Recovery Room at UAMS was open only in the daytime. The unit where I was in charge was where the new surgery patients were brought at night to recover.
I can see him now accompanying the patients and their entourage down the hall. He was always professional, a gentleman, and always helpful. He was one of the few who was precise and legible with their orders. Many times I stood and looked at his orders and was thankful that in the middle of a busy night that I didn't have to try to decipher what he meant.
Little could either of us fathom that we would spend much of our careers in Texarkana. Those were good times. I still miss him.
Rest in peace my good friend. Thanks for your expertise and many kindnesses that you have brought into the lives of others. We are better because you touched our lives.

Stan Stanberry

August 13, 2018 9:05AM

So many thoughts and not enough words to express our deepest sympathies. J was so much more than my Great Uncle. He was a mentor, a role model, a confidante, the greatest source of knowledge and a friend. I loved our talks because I always walked away more educated and informed than before the discussion. He was many things to many people and I am a better man for having known him. Thank you Sir for your never ending love and support. You will be missed.

Jim Carden

August 11, 2018 5:19PM

Gen. Brown was my commanding officer first in the 94th General Hospital and then in the 807th Medical Brigade. He was truly an officer and a gentleman. He encouraged me to be a better soldier. Will miss seeing him and Susie at our annual reunions. Good night, General Brown.

BG (RET) James Mobley

August 09, 2018 6:05PM

BG Brown was always my idea of what a general should be. He was a friend and mentor throughout my Army career. I always tried to be like him when I followed in his footsteps in my Army assignments. Truly a great soldier and a great friend. God bless.

Col James Duke

August 09, 2018 10:53AM

RIP My favorite Commander and Friend.

CSM (Ret) Joe Baker

August 09, 2018 9:29AM

I had the honor of serving with BG Brown and knowing him as a friend since 1976. He was a great General who took care of soldiers and always had a vision for the future of the 807th Medical Brigade. He was extremely loyal and patriotic, a True Soldier. GOD Speed.

SFC (R) Becky Magee

August 08, 2018 8:13PM

BG Brown was the Commanding General of the 807th Medical brigade when I enlisted into the Army Reserves. It was a Saturday and I was taken directly to the unit. That was July 1978 and I still always looked forward to visiting with him at the 807th Alumni reunions. He will be missed at the reunion in October. Thank you and RIP General Brown.