Thomas Henry Brown was born on March 1, 1941 in Edwards, Mississippi to the late Flenory Donaldson Brown Sr. and Mary Brown.
In 1949, his parents relocated to Champaign, Illinois. Thomas enjoyed learning and excelled greatly. In his formal years, he attended Lawhead Elementary School, Willard Elementary School and graduated from Champaign Central High School. Thomas later attended the University of Illinois Champaign - Urbana Campus receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning.
Thomas served in the Naval ROTC and in the United States Army. He also served as an Advisor for the Champaign Park District. Thomas was employed by the University of Illinois Office of Admissions and Records and Frances Nelson Health Center where he served as the Executive Director.
Thomas delighted in being a die heart Illini Sports fan, basketball being his favorite game.
Thomas departed this life on September 16, 2020 at his home in Urbana, IL.
He leaves to cherish his memory an extended family, his first cousin/raised as brothers Robert Henderson of San Francisco, CA., several nieces and nephews, a special cousin Elsie R. Easley of Sacramento, CA and his long time friend and neighbor of more than seventy years, Melvin L. Mitchell of Urbana IL.
Thomas will be laid to rest with his parents at Spring Hill Cemetery in Florence, Mississippi.
Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 1215 West Bradley Ave., Urbana, IL, in charge of arrangements.
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