Brandon Joe Brown, of Oletha and Thornton, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at age 47. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, January 9, 2015, in Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 10, 2015, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Ben David Watson of the Victory Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Union Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Travis Crowson, Cameron Henderson, Cavin (Chip) Henderson, Kevin Ensminger, Keith Brown, and Kelly Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Crowson, Clint Brown, Bill Fischer, John Brown, Mike Brown, Jason Vincent, Jeff McDowell, David Oates, Bill Oates, Glen Ray Oates, Conner Brown, Braden Ramirez, and Gage Vincent. Brandon was born November 21, 1967 in Groesbeck to Joe Ray and Peggy Joan Brown. He graduated from Groesbeck High School in the class of 1986. Brandon lived in the local area all his life and worked as a self-employed bull-dozer and heavy equipment operator. He was a determined and independent man who worked hard and loved the outdoors, with farming, ranching, and raising a garden. He also was self-taught in playing a guitar and banjo “by ear.” He enjoyed playing and singing the old country songs for himself although he was too modest to play in front of others. He did like to talk politics and would freely share his opinions with others. He lived a modest and private lifestyle. He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church and had a strong faith. He was a caring person to his family and friends and had a close relationship with his brother. Because he had no children, he loved his nieces and nephews like they were his own. It was a mutual bond they were grateful to have shared with him. As Brandon’s challenges grew, he remained determined to stay independent and not burden his family. His family and friends were amazed at the things he learned to do and was able to handle in spite of obstacles. Brandon was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Joan Fischer and a nephew, Randall Scott Brown. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Joe Ray and Myrna E. Brown of Thornton and his brother, Charles Steve Brown and wife Janelle of Mexia; nieces, Kathleen Ann and husband Jason Vincent of Groesbeck, niece, Brittany Erin Brown of Tyler, nephew, Joe Clinton Brown of Waco, and nephew, Keith Bradley Brown of Groesbeck; and great nephews, Braden Ramirez of Groesbeck and Gage Vincent of Groesbeck; and many more extended family.