Winn Davis Brown, Sr.
February 28, 1918 – March 23, 2015
Winn Davis Brown, son of Seymour Horace and Genevieve Curd Brown, was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 18, 1918. He graduated from Bowling Green Business University, now part of Western Kentucky University, with a degree in business.
Before entering the working world he volunteered to participate in the Methodist Youth Caravan, a summer project for college students. This brought him to the Mississippi coast for training. There he met Annie Ruth Hurt, another student volunteer for the project. Every night he introduced himself to her and she silently said, “There comes that boy who looks like a boy from home; why can’t I remember his name?”
When the summer project ended and students were departing, Annie Ruth suddenly saw this Kentucky boy jump on her bus headed for Memphis, where he introduced himself to her family and spread a little Kentucky sunshine before he left for home.
He went to work for an accounting firm in Cleveland, Ohio, before World War II intervened. He was one of many young men who volunteered for military service in the Army Air Corps, predecessor to the Air Force, where he served overseas for more than four years, answering role call in England, North Africa, Italy, France, and beyond. After four years and countless letters, he came back to the United States on leave for a “Rest and Relaxation” break; he phoned from New York and made his R&R plans – that’s how Horn Lake, MS had a wedding before any Kentuckians saw the new Mr. and Mrs. Brown.
The “atomic bomb” happened before Winn had to return to his military duty. War soon ended and Winn decided that Nashville was a good solution for pacifying both Kentucky and Mississippi families, so he accepted a job and found an apartment there. Everyone was happy – except the “father of the bride”, who insisted that he wanted and needed a son at home. After a year of resistance, Winn Brown became that son, and a resident of Horn Lake, Mississippi in the process.
He was not only learning and doing the farm and country way of life, he was one of those who saw needs and who helped bond together and start the Horn Lake Fire Department. He partnered an ongoing legacy for local insurance options through Brown and Stevens, Brown and Caldwell, and Brown and Haynes, now known as Southgroup after his retirement. He served as the first mayor of the City of Horn Lake when it incorporated in 1973, and has always encouraged and served this area and its people.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Annie Ruth, and their children, Winn D. Brown, Jr. and wife Phil; Ann Brown Ashcraft and husband Lee; William A. (Bill) Brown and wife Mary Lee. Grandchildren are Ruth and Greg Munday; Winn Davis Brown, III and Yueh Ching Lee; Betsy and Brent Walker; Kate and Brett Leggett; Will Brown; and Rob Brown. Great grandchildren are Hannah, Emily and Owen Leggett; Winn Davis Brown IV, Frank and Oakley Anna Brown.
Funeral arrangements are through Hernando Funeral Home with visitation there from 5-8 pm Friday, March 27; funeral service at 2 pm Saturday March 28, at Hernando United Methodist Church, with a grave-side service and internment following at New Bethlehem Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Horn Lake United Methodist Church or the Historic DeSoto County Museum.
Hernando Funeral Home