William Franklin Brown was born May 23, 1921 in Joplin, Missouri to Sallie Alexander Brown and Dr. William Wylie Franklin Brown. Before Bill graduated Joplin High School his mother took him to look at colleges. She had a long time girl friend who had married and lived in Dallas. His mother’s friend insisted she and Bill come to Dallas, stay with her, and tour Southern Methodist University. Bill fell in love with Dallas and the school.
After graduating SMU he attended the University of Kansas Dental School, Kansas City, Mo. In 2003 he was inducted into the Joplin, Mo. Sports Hall of Fame for his championship basketball. He was a member of SMU Kappa Alpha Order. Bill served as a dental officer in the Army, and was stationed in Japan for 3 years during World War II. One of his assignments was Sugamo prison where Japanese generals and warlords were tried, convicted and sentenced for war crimes.
Upon his discharge from the army he returned to Dallas to begin his dental practice. He officed in the Medical Arts Building and in Oak Cliff. After the Medical Arts Building was torn down he moved to the Preston Road and Forest Lane area and retired in 1993 after 47 years of private practice. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Dallas County Dental Association. He also held a license to practice in the state of Missouri until the time he retired in 1993. Bill was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. He was a member for well over 57 years of the Dallas Country Club. He dearly loved to golf and to play cards. Unfortunately due to his health he had to quit golf. But nothing could or would keep him away for long from the 19th hole. He enjoyed the friendship of the membership.
Preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Marjorie Brown Bunn, Doc Brown is survived by his son, Gary Randolph Brown and daughter Sandra Denise Brown, his wife Cheryl Jackson Brown and her son Carl Russell Hensch, his sister’s children: Judy Bunn Flickinger, Cindy Bunn Mates, Stephen Bunn, and their families, and his niece, Peggy Lubben Gould and her family.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Preston Hollow United Methodist Church. A reception followed at the Dallas Country Club. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.