Food Culinary 05

John Henry Brown

1927 ~ 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

John Brown Obituary

John Henry Brown, was born on December 13, 1927 in Kyle, Texas, to Willie Marshall Brown and Luphillis (Martin) Brown. He was the oldest of four boys who spent their childhood in Kyle, Lockhart and Austin areas.  His brothers referred to him as “Big John” throughout their youth and adult years.

At an early age John became a member of Grant Chapel AME Church, joining a family legacy of membership that included his mother, Luphillis (Lue) Brown, his aunts and his brothers William, Herman and Charles. Lue’s sons participated in many church and youth activities during their growing years.  John remained a faithful, financial, and committed member of Grant Chapel AME Church which later became Grant Worship Center. John used his culinary skills as a Chef to provide breakfast and donate his catering services for many church activities and events. In his honor, the church kitchen was named John Brown’s kitchen. John served as a Greeter and on the Steward Board. When John’s health prevented him from being fully engaged, he continued his support of the church. He maintained relationships with his Grant Family even after moving to Chicago, Illinois to live with his daughter who was assisted by his nephew Herman.  John was also well known at Ebenezer Third Baptist Church, where his wife Nehoma is a longtime member.

John attended Austin Independent Public Schools at Blackshear School, Keeling Junior High School and graduated from Old Anderson High School. John loved studying history and was a pretty good artist who enjoyed painting and sketching. John was drafted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19 and served in Alaska from 1946-1949. John graduated from the Cook’s & Baker’s School during his service. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to Austin and enrolled at Tillotson College.  During his time in college, he met the love of his life, Nehoma Moultrie from Caldwell, Texas.  John and Nehoma later married, and they developed lasting relationships with their college friends that spanned many years. John and Nehoma had one child, their daughter Linda Diane Brown.

During his early adult years, his parents separated, and John took on the responsibility of supporting his mother and younger brothers in the household. With new responsibilities and being a newlywed, he left college and took a job working for former Austin Mayor Harry Akin as a cook with the Night Hawk Restaurant where he worked for over 10 years.  During his later adult life, John became the primary caregiver for his father, mother and brother Herman. He was faithful and committed to their quality-of-life care and received the support of his wife and daughter. John also was a cab driver for the Black owned Harlem Cab Company where he established a relationship with many longtime friends.

John ‘s cooking reputation at the Night Hawk caught the attention of Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock.  Bullock brought John from the Night Hawk to the position of Cook in the kitchen at the State of Texas Capitol from 1995 to 2005 and as a caterer from 2005 to 2008.  During his time at the Capitol, John developed many close friendships with his co-workers who became part of the Brown Family and have remained so through the years. John enjoyed sharing his trade secrets and advice with his co-workers in the kitchen and taking pictures with dignitaries and celebrities who came to the Capitol. 

John was a proud and contributing member of the Capital City Lions Club of Austin, giving his personal time and talent to many community service initiatives that have touched the lives of many.   In 2022 he completed 45 years as a Lion and received the Milestone Chevron Award from the Lions Club International. John loved volunteering with his Lions Club and often used his culinary skills in community outreach activities.

John has been a brother in the Most Worshipful Mount Carmel Grand Lodge in Austin, Texas since the 1950’s. 

John has been a faithful and devoted husband to his wife, whom he affectionately called Annabelle in a most loving way.  John was the cook in the household and delighted in telling everyone that Nehoma made him a bologna sandwich when she made her first meal for his birthday. He was very supportive as a Sigma Gent to his wife’s lifetime service and membership with Alpha Kappa Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. He was always willing to help anytime he was asked to assist or make contributions to their activities.

John was most proud of his daughter Linda, of whom he was very protective and shared a special daddy and daughter relationship. He would light up whenever someone said that Linda took after him. He was caring and generous with family and friends. He was always extending himself to help others and taking them under his care, much to the jealousy of Linda who learned later this was an honorable trait of a kind and gentle giant. 

John was the go-to parent and spouse for advice and help. When he and Nehoma learned they were going to be grandparents, they were so excited to welcome baby John Richard Marshall Brown and Linda at Austin Airport coming to Texas for the first of many trips back home.  John was a positive and strong influence on his grandson from childhood to manhood. John and John Richard, affectionately referred to as “Uncle Bud” shared many special moments together.

John and Nehoma loved engaging with family members at reunions, birthdays, and other special events.  It was one of the greatest joys for both who always lived up to Faith, Family and Friends motto in life and they lived for these precious moments with family and extended Family friendships. 

John is preceded in death by: his father, Willie Marshall Brown; his mother, Luphillis Brown; his brothers, Willie Brown and Herman Brown.  He leaves to celebrate his legacy: his loving and devoted wife, Nehoma Brown; a devoted daughter, Linda Diane Brown and his devoted grandson, John Richard Marshall Brown; his brother, Charles Ray Brown (Gaysorn); sister-in-law, Josephine Brown and sister-in-law, Betty Daniels. John leaves a host of wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins. The Brown family has adopted friends that will forever be in our hearts and a part of our family.

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April 5, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Grant Worship Center (A.M.E.C.)
1701 Kramer Ln.
Austin, TX 78758

Funeral Service
April 6, 2024

11:00 AM
Grant Worship Center (A.M.E.C.)
1701 Kramer Ln.
Austin, TX 78758

Interment following funeral service
April 6, 2024

Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery
14501 North Ih-35
Pflugerville, TX 78660


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