Samuel Lee Brown was born on Nov. 14, 1928, in Pine Valley, Okla., to Sam Lee and Elizabeth Cynthia (Gray) Brown. Sam passed away Sept. 6, 2011, surrounded by his family.

A memorial celebration was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the University of Oklahoma Memorial Union in the Frontier Room. An interment service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla.

Sam graduated from Poteau High School in 1947 where his great passion was playing football. An accomplished athlete, playing halfback and quarterback, he went on to play at Poteau Junior College, Eastern Oklahoma A&M in Wilburton, Okla., and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., graduating in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary JoLein Young, on April 25, 1950. After receiving their degrees, they moved to Miami, Okla., where Sam went to work at the BF Goodrich plant.

Sam loved life, he loved his family, he loved his pets, he loved football, he loved the Sooners and he loved to fish. His favorite fishing spot was Roaring River State Park in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. After 36 years at BF Goodrich, he retired and moved to Grand Lake with his wife JoLein, where they could fish anytime they wanted.

Sam was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary JoLein, an infant son Samuel Kent, and infant daughter Mary Lea, three brothers and two sisters.

He is survived: by three daughters, Gayla Goodell of Norman, Okla., Paula Tobin and husband Paul of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Furan Jackson and husband Tom of Miami, Okla.; two sisters, Ruby Lee Smith of Franklin, Tenn., Helen Bea Batcha of Riverside, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Gayle Baker of Norman, Okla.; he has five grandchildren, Addie Taylor, Jon Goodell, Sam Jackson, Lee Jackson and Mary Jackson; and two great grandchildren, Olivia and Owen.

A special thank you to Good Shepherd Hospice and Good Samaritan Home Health, you outstanding care of Sam was truly appreciated.

Thank you for the memories, Sam, you will be missed. Boomer Sooner!