Jack­son Martin Brown

Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

Jack­son Martin Brown, 72, of Starkville, Mis­sis­sippi, passed Satur­day, Feb. 24, 2018, at Ok­tibbeha County Hos­pi­tal. A cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice will be held at 3 p.m. Thurs­day, March 1, 2018, with visi­ta­tion pre­ced­ing at 1:30 p.m., at the Epis­co­pal Church of the Res­ur­rec­tion in Starkville, with Revs. Wal­ton W. Jones and Lau­rence Wain­wright-Maks of­fi­ci­at­ing, and a pri­vate burial at Oddfel­lows Ceme­tery on Univer­sity Drive in Starkville will fol­low.

“Jack” was born Jan. 2, 1946, in Starkville to Lavell “Red” Brown and Una Martin Brown. He grad­u­ated from Starkville High School in 1964 and earned a bach­e­lor's de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence from Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity in 1969. He re­ceived his juris doc­tor from the Jack­son School of Law (now Mis­sis­sippi Col­lege School of Law) in 1971. He then re­turned home to Starkville to pur­sue his law ca­reer, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his fa­ther and broth­ers into the prac­tice of law. Upon grad­u­a­tion, Jack was the first Mis­sis­sip­pian to prac­tice un­der the Lim­ited Prac­tice Act and would pass the Mis­sis­sippi Bar that same year, where he re­mained an ac­tive mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion un­til his death. Although he en­joyed prac­tic­ing in all ar­eas of law, of­ten per­form­ing pro-bono work for many of his clients, he was most known as a prom­i­nent crim­i­nal de­fense at­tor­ney, de­fend­ing nu­mer­ous no­table cases through­out his ca­reer. His rep­u­ta­tion pre­ceded him in the court­room, and he thrived on the chal­lenge of pre­par­ing for and pre­sent­ing a case for trial.

In ad­di­tion to his per­sonal law prac­tice, he served as at­tor­ney for the Ok­tibbeha County Board of Su­per­vi­sors for more than 18 years un­til his death. Jack's knowl­edge of the law was ex­ten­sive, and he cher­ished his 46 years of law prac­tice, do­ing so un­til his brief hos­pi­tal­iza­tion from com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to can­cer. He was never with­out his yel­low le­gal pad and re­cently re­marked that he was never placed un­der a court gag or­der, but Jack iron­i­cally lost his abil­ity to speak and was si­lenced due to the pro­gres­sion of his ill­ness in the last sev­eral months of his life.

Sec­ond to his law prac­tice, Jack found so­lace and peace - and a lit­tle bit of fun - at his home, the Oa­sis, in ru­ral Ok­tibbeha County. Sur­rounded by pas­tures, woods and fish­ing ponds, Jack ad­mired all Godly crea­tures and wildlife within his view. He was a life­long learner, a vo­ra­cious reader, a grand sto­ry­teller, and could com­plete al­most any cross­word puz­zle with ease in only a few min­utes be­fore sun­rise with his morn­ing cup of cof­fee. Jack was drawn to ex­er­cis­ing his mind and body, in­clud­ing med­i­ta­tion and yoga, and he was a self-de­fense ex­pert proudly earn­ing his fifth-de­gree black belt sta­tus in karate, as well. He was a friend to all horses and German Shep­herds. He was a man that never met a stranger and will be missed by those who knew him.

Jack is sur­vived by three daugh­ters, Katy Brown (John) Stri­b­ling of Madi­son, Mis­sis­sippi. Marty Brown (Le­land) Geb­hart of Ridge­land, Mis­sis­sippi, and Ha­ley Brown (Carl) Smith of Starkville; six grand­chil­dren, in­clud­ing Mary Kate and Joseph Surkin; Grace, Land and Lilly Geb­hart; and Jemma Smith; his sis­ter, Adelia Ann Na­son, and dozens of nieces and neph­ews. Jack is also sur­vived by his child­hood friend, Grady Monts, and his le­gal sec­re­tary and dear friend of more than 30 years, Bar­bara A. Mitchell.

Jack was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Lavell (Red) and Una Brown, and si­b­lings Ed Brown, Johnny Brown, Lavell Wheeler Brown, Jr., Lucy Brown Mullins, and Mau­dine Brown Leonelli.

You can leave the fam­ily a con­do­lence at: www.welch­fu­ner­al­homes.com.

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