Elbert E. Brown Dies

Owner and breeder E.E. Brown died December 10

E.E. Brown died December 10.

Elbert Edwin “Tom” Brown, 89, died December 10, 2014, at his home in Seminole, Oklahoma.  

Elbert was born on May 25, 1925, in Seminole County to Annie Bell (Robertson) and Edward Frank Brown, as the youngest of twelve children. 

Elbert attended Twin Oak grade school and Varnum High School where he graduated and later attended Seminole Junior College and Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He excelled at baseball and basketball throughout his school years.  After high school and as soon as he became 18 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Calvert which was the first ship to take occupation troops to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb ended World War II.

 Elbert started working at Sun Oil Company in 1951 and retired in 1987 as operations foreman of the Seminole office. 

After his retirement from Sun Oil, he enjoyed raising, conditioning and training running Quarter Horses. He looked forward to spending time at the races with family and friends from around the state. The most prominent horse he raced is champion Spit Curl Diva ($829,353), whom he owned during her 2- and 3-year-old years. During that time she won the Blue Ribbon Futurity (G2) and Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity (RG1), as well as the Oklahoma Derby (G3), and was second in the Remington Park Futurity (G1) and Remington Park Derby (G2). She would go on to be a three-time champion before retiring at the end of her 5-year-old year. He and his wife also raced Brays Real Rocket ($108,317), who won the Oklahoma Futurity (G2) and Vespero Express Stakes (G3) during his career.

Elbert was a longtime member of Church of Christ at Litte, Oklahoma.

Elbert married Betty (DeShazo) Brown on August 18, 1951, in Seminole, Oklahoma, and celebrated 63 wonderful years this past year.

Elbert is survived by his wife, Betty, three daughters; Deborah Cornelison and her husband Mike of Ada, Oklahoma; Rebecca Dulworth and her husband Ron of Seminole, Oklahoma; and Angela Holmberg and her husband Bill of Edmond, Oklahoma, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, Lucy Chandler, Faye Lawson, Tressie Quimby, Bessie Kernal, May Miller and Maude Sarvash, three brothers Ona, Eddie and Delbert and two siblings that died in infancy.

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