[Funeral Program for Leo J. Brown, Jr., January 31, 2000] Page: 2 of 3
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"A CELEBRATION OF LIFE"
October 27, 1927 in San Antonio, Texas a son
was born to the late Leo and Eva Brown, who
they named Leo, Jr.
As a young child, he attended Second Baptist
Church and was baptized. He attended public
school in San Antonio and graduated with honors
from Phillis Wheatley High School, Class of 1946.
A former Wheatley High football star, Brown was
Captain of that team in 1944-45, and was chosen
all District Center. He also attended Prairie View
A&lM College four years and was one of that
school's star football players while there. Leo
joined the San Antonio Police Force on July 30,
1956. He served in the Patrol Division as a
District Officer as a Patrol Wagon driver, as a
District Officer for the East side; a burglary
Detective in March, 1966. Leo was the first Black
sergeant of the San Antonio Police Department
in September, 1966. He served the Police
Department for 36 years and received many other
honors during his tenure. Leo was described by
his colleagues as, "The most patient man I've ever
seen. He had to deal with the public a lot and he
did it better than anyone."
Leo's well spent earthly life came to a close on
January 27, 2000.
ABOU BEN ADHEM
James Henry Leigh Hunt
(Born October 19, 1784; died August 28, 1859)
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An Angel writing in a book of gold:
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the Presence in the room he said,
"What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
And is mine one?" said Abou, "Nay, not so,"
Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow-men."
The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And, lo Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!
ORDER OF THE CELEBRATION
OF THE LIFE OF
MR. LEO J. BROWN, JR.
Family and Ministers
Rev. Robert L. Jemerson
Hymn Of Comfort "Amazing Grace" No. 161"
"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch
like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind but
now I see.
Thro' many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
'Tis grace hath bro't me safe thus far, And grace will lead
Old Testament Psalm 23
New Testament John 14:1-6
Rev. Lowell Johnson
Mrs. Helen Joshua
Musician, Second Baptist Church
Second Baptist Church
Mrs. Corean Carter
"How Great Thou Art"
Mrs. V Ruth Thomas, Soloist
Eulogy "The Peacekeeper" Rev. Robert L. Jemerson
"Depart From evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it."
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