1998 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Capps

House Concurrent Resolution 123

(As Adopted by House and Senate)


WHEREAS, Mr. Norman Brown of Duncan and Clarksdale, Mississippi, departed this life on February 14, 1998, causing great loss to his family and friends; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Brown, as a young child of age two, was diagnosed with polio which paralyzed both his legs, resulting in his family moving from one place to the next for his treatments; and

WHEREAS, graduating from Duncan High School, Mr. Brown was salutatorian of his class, never telling his family until the last minute that his class consisted of only two graduates; and

WHEREAS, after graduation, Mr. Brown attended Murdock Cotton Classing School in Memphis and became a cotton buyer as well as operating a service station; and

WHEREAS, after watching the success of the farmers in the area, Mr. Brown decided to sell the service station to buy a second hand tractor, rent some land and become a farmer; and

WHEREAS, he taught himself how to drive the tractor, keeping a loaf of bread and a package of bologna on the tractor with him as getting on and off was difficult for him physically; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Brown continued his business in farming, at one time owning one of the largest herds of cattle in the county; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Brown was a member of Delta Council from the time of its organization as well as numerous other community groups such as Cleveland and Clarksdale Planters Clubs, the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association, a charter member of the Bolivar County Livestock Association and remained an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life; and

WHEREAS, he also served in leadership positions including, President of the Bolivar County Livestock Association, President of the Planters Gin of Duncan for 10 years, Commissioner of Bolivar County Drainage for District 14 and a representative for Duncan on the County Advisory Commission; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Brown is survived by his lovely wife of 33 years, Mrs. Vivian Hall Brown; and

WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Mississippi finds it most appropriate to pay special tribute to such an outstanding man as Mr. Norman Brown, who was a benevolent man, helping others obtain a college education, as he was deprived of this due to growing up during the depression:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do commend the life and accomplishments of Mr. Norman Brown and express deepest sympathy to his devoted wife, Vivian, and to his family during their time of loss.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to the family of Mr. Norman Brown and the Capitol Press Corps.