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BROWN, Sr., Billy Edmond
BROWN, Sr., Billy Edmond Billy passed peacefully at home the morning of Sept. 23, 2014. He spent his final days and moments enveloped in the love and care of his wife of 18 years, Nancy; their two sons; two daughters and five of their grandchildren. Billy lived a story of many chapters, born Aug. 7, 1936 in the tiny ranching community of Ryan, Okla. to a father of Kiowa-Apache descent, George J. Brown and his mother Ethel (Bingham) Brown, he was very proud of his heritage and humble beginnings. Billys family came west to California when he was a toddler. A brave child and shining example of the adventurous tone of that era, he often recounted stories of riding railcars across the southwest, traveling far away from home to visit American landmarks and historic battlefields on his own. As a young adult Billy served our country in the Army, worked in the ranching & oil industries and most notably made a name for himself as a hay hauler. He raised his eldest daughter and son in the desert of the Antelope Valley. He became an entrepreneur, owning several local gas and truck stops until he got into the car business. Billy met his wife Nancy working as a salesman in the 90s. He was a skilled salesman; charismatic and knowledgeable. He managed to win Nancy and her children over with charisma and they spent nearly two committed decades together. In his later years Billy enjoyed his mornings at Judys cafe with the guys, spending time with his wife, siblings, children and grandchildren, watching Angels games with his Nancy, keeping an impressive garden, impeccable yard and reading western stories. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws, Mary and Jack Parker. He is survived by his wife Nancy; their children, Bonni (Alan), Billy Jr., Jason (Katie) and Marcy (David). His legacy also includes five granddaughters, Mandi, Emily Chelsey (Nick), Sierra and Tara; grandson, Parker; great-granddaughter, Ruby and three great-grandsons, Jonah, Logan and Sawyer, and siblings, William, Jean, Ponce and Maxine; his brother-in-law, Larry and wife Sherry. He was a tenacious, wise and spiritual man whose charm, warm chuckle and infectiously jovial nature will not be forgotten. His presence will be sorely missed but our family is so thankful for the time we had together. Services will be private.

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