Jerry Don Brown

Jerry Don Brown

1935-2023

Jerry Don Brown was born June 13, 1935 in Granite, Oklahoma. He passed away on October 30, 2023. 

Jerry was the 3rd of 8 children born to Frank & Zelma Brown. Jerry attended school in Oklahoma City. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the United States Marines. He served during the Korean War. His time in the military left a lasting impression on him. He was very fond of the saying “once a Marine always a Marine”. After his time in the military and time at Central State University he met and married Carol Miller. They were blessed with one son, Paul David.

Jerry’s first job after the military was with the Fuller Brush Company. He also spent time as a car salesman. From the mid 70’s until the early 2000’s Jerry owned and operated Trucker’s Village #2, which was billed as the largest truck stop in the world. He served on the board of directors of the National Association of Truck Stop Owners, which gave him the opportunity to visit Washington DC and meet two sitting presidents, Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush. During that time he had an active truck stop ministry and on site chapel for truckers. He was also very active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as chairman of the state board of representatives. He often hosted events for FCA at the truck stop restaurant. He served on the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and was both chairman of the board and director of Transport for Christ International. In the mid 80’s Jerry became more active in politics, running for governor as an independent in 1986. At the time he received the most votes by an independent in Oklahoma. 

After the truck stop closed in the early 2000’s he had several home based businesses. Jerry was an ordained Baptist minister. He was active in ministry as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He spent the last few years focused on ministering to people and his hospital visitation. 

Jerry loved being of service. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved his church family dearly. He loved his country and the time he served in the military. He also loved football, especially OU and the Dallas Cowboys. 

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Zelma, wife Carol, son Paul David, brothers Bobby, Richard and Gaylen, sisters Alice, Barbara Charlene and Marie. He is survived by his brother Gerald of Mustang, several cousins, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends from his various organizations and church families. 

Visitation will be held from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2nd at Matthews Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, November 3, 2023 at Fairview Baptist Church Edmond, OK.

3 thoughts on “Jerry Don Brown”

  1. Sara Kilborn

    He was such a wonderful godly man! Loved by all! He cared so much about people’s salvation, and I was so blessed to know him. Thank you Brother Jerry for the blessing you were and thank you Jesus for sharing him with us. We love you!

  2. I remember hanging out at the truck stop as a kid with my parents several times. Jerry was such a kind man.

  3. Gwenn Rogers

    I was blessed to know Jerry and worked for him. He was a beautiful human ❤️ inside and out. He brought out the best in everyone.

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