June 17, 1920 - November 7, 2012 BETHANY Alvin Brown, 92, completed his final earthly night's rest to awaken in eternal glory with his Lord, family, and friends on November 7, 2012. Alvin, the third of four boys, was born into the family of Ruth and Jesse Brown on June 17, 1920, in Prescott, Arkansas. Depressed economic times during his early years developed a work ethic in Alvin that would serve him well throughout his life. After graduating from Blevins High School at 19 years of age, he became a carpenter helper, making $1.00 an hour. He then answered Uncle Sam's call to service during World War II. He served as an army staff sergeant in the European Theater, stationed in France, until the war's end. Upon returning to the United States, Al found himself in Bethany, Oklahoma, following after the girl that he used to wink at on the school bus in high school. Alvin married Winnie Warren on August 13, 1949, in Oklahoma City, and they spent 61 happy years together. Unto this union, two sons were born, Kent and Dean. Alvin completed his degree at Oklahoma City University with a math major and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at Choctaw Junior High School as a math teacher and junior high football and basketball coach. After six years at Choctaw, Alvin was recruited by the Bethany Public School system. In 1957, he became Bethany Junior High's football and basketball coach, while continuing to teach math. His success as a football coach was remarkable, losing only two games in the course of three years while at Bethany. In 1960, Alvin was asked to begin a career as the Bethany Earl Harris Elementary principal, which continued for 27 years until his retirement in 1984. His love for this job and the many teachers and students with whom he worked was the highlight of his life.Alvin and Winnie were charter members of Lakeview Park Church of the Nazarene and later became members of Bethany First Nazarene Church, where they were part of the Kumjoynus Sunday School Class.Alvin was preceded in death by his parents and by his three brothers. He is survived by his two sons: Dr. Kent Brown and wife Susan, and their children, Richard, Madeline, Savannah, and George, of Scottsdale, Arizona; and Dr. Dean Brown and wife Joni and their children, Carrie and Averie Brown, of Bethany, and Ryan Curtis and his son Creed, of Oklahoma City. The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Clara Raath and Joane Candelaria for their exceptional love and care. Their supervision and ministry provided Dad with true joy over these last four years. We are grateful for the long, full, rich and happy life that our father lived and the example that he set for his family. His sense of humor and love of life will be fondly remembered. Although his earthly life is over, we rejoice in knowing he lives in perfect peace and harmony forever with his Lord, whom he served well. Viewing will be Sunday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service, Bethany, OK. There will be an additional viewing with the family receiving visitors on Monday, 6-8 p.m., also at Mercer-Adams. Services will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Bethany First Nazarene Church, with interment in Bethany Cemetery. To share a memory or condolence, visit

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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 11, 2012