Virgil Alvin "V.A." Brown, Jr. resident of Haskell, formally of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Haskell at the age of 85. Services for Mr. Brown will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Haskell with Rev. Morris Johnson and Dr. Troy Culpepper officiating. Burial will be at Willow Cemetery in Haskell under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. A visitation is planned for Friday evening, June 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. V.A. was born November 9, 1926 in Haskell to Wilma (Wheeler) Brown and Virgil A. Brown, Sr. He graduated Haskell High School at the age of 17 and on May 10, 1944 V.A. enlisted into the U.S. Army, 25th Infantry and received his sharpshooter qualifications. While serving in the Military Band he was honored to play the trumpet for General George S. Patton. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon of the Occupation of Japan and 2 Overseas Service Bars. V.A. was Honorably Discharged on November 12, 1946 as a Tec 5. After returning home, he entered Okalahoma State and went on to receive a BA in Business. V.A. began his career with Southland Life as the corporate assistant Vice President. After 32 years he retired from Southland Life and then went on to work for Great Midwest Life as the company Vice President and Secretary. V.A. was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and ALIS and enjoyed helping people achieve their potential. Virgil was a founding member of The Brown Family Reunion held annually for more than 50 years in Quitman, Texas. One of his greatest joys was when OSU beat other Universities. V.A. is preceded in death by his previous wifes, Jeannie Guess and Betty Maude Higgins; and parents, Wilma and Virgil Brown, Sr.He is survived by his wife, Mary "Betty" of Haskell; his daughter, Barbara Knuth and her husband Rene' of Dallas; son, James Wayne "Jimmy" Brown of Cleburne; granddaughter, Monamolin Knuth of Dallas; his uncle, Gilbert Wheeler of Euless, Texas; and numerous cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to M.D. Anderson or to a charity of your choice.