---- — Tommy L. Brown collected his final checkered flag crossing the finish line at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at his home in Mt. Vernon after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73.
Tom was born April 2, 1940, in Mt. Vernon, son of Loyd and Alice (Gray) Brown.
He is survived by his mother; his wife, Judith Maynor Mulvaney Brown; brothers, Jerry Brown and wife Sharon of Mt. Vernon, Jimmy Brown and wife Beverly of Rock Hall, Md., Ernie Brown and wife Patty of Mt. Vernon and Rod Brown and wife Kathy of Fayetteville, Ark.; his sister, Alice Marie “Sue” Brown Mason of Texico; his children and a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; his second wife, Linda (Ward Jacobs) Brown; and a granddaughter, Shawna Lee McCombs.
Tom graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1958, and married Shirley Ellen Evans Brown in 1958. Together they had six daughters, Robin Peterman of Denver, Debbie (McCombs) Frankford of Aurora, Brenda Goodwin and husband Harvey of Montgomery, Lorrie Darce of Montgomery, Stephanie King and husband Jimmie of Aurora and Tracy Green and husband Rodney of Poulsbo, Wash. He married Linda Ward Jacobs and she preceded him in death. He married Judith Maynor Mulvaney on June 2, 2001, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon, and she survives in Mt. Vernon along with Tom’s two stepsons, Linda’s sons, Steven Jacobs and wife Ginger and Michael Jacobs and wife Lillibeth, both of San Jose, Calif. Fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.
Tom proudly served in the United States Army from 1958, and received an honorable discharge on Aug. 4, 1964. His training took place at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Hood, Texas. He was stationed in Japan with the 61st Artillery Division and Missile Unit for the Nike Hercules Missile program. He also proudly served on the honor guard for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He began working for the Burlington-Northern Railroad after the Army and worked in several locations throughout his career. He worked many years as night watchman at the roundhouse, in Aurora, as an inspector and in Research and Development in Chicago. In 1997, he retired from a supervisory position from Burlington-Northern Railroad at Fort Worth, Texas.
Tom always loved racing cars; he raced on most dirt tracks in Illinois compiling a collection of trophies. His prized possession is his trophy from the Michigan Motor Speedway for fastest track time of the day. Since his retirement, Tom enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, roller skating and go-cart racing with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had his own collection of go-carts and enjoyed racing them and showing them to family and friends. Tom was a member of honor guard for veterans, a lifetime member of the Mt. Vernon Gun & Sportsman Club and Turner Roehm AMVETS Post 4. He was a member of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141, National Rifle Association (NRA), Shrine Club, Masons and the Clay City Shriners. He loved driving the midget cars in parades for the Clay City Shriners and helping with their charity drives. He was of the Baptist faith. He was dearly loved and will be truly missed.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time 1 p.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Chaplain Ernie Collins officiating. Interment will be at Old Union Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Members of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and to Hospice of the Good Samaritan and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.