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Kenneth LaRue Brown

Memorial for Kenneth LaRue Brown

Born in Austin, Texas on Sep. 2, 1960
Departed on Jan. 26, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Jan. 29, 2010
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Service: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
3:00 pm
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery
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Kenneth LaRue Brown was born on September 2, 1960 to the parentage of Thomas LaRue Brown and Mable Marie Limuel Brown in Austin, Texas. Both preceded him in death. Kenneth was the youngest of three children and was educated in Austin public schools. He was a graduate of L.C. Anderson High School.

Kenneth received Christ at an early age. In the mid 60's, his family united with the Ulit Avenue Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. O. S. Davis. The Brown family lived across the street from the church and young Kenneth would climb through the window of the church and bang on the piano. Even then, "little" Kenneth knew the gifts that God had bestowed upon him. His family church realized this, as well. He was encouraged to hone his gifts and began playing for the youth and other auxiliaries in the church.

Kenneth's gift grew extremely and he began to write music and direct. It was then as a teenager, Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church hired him as a musician, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. N.W. Bacon. Kenneth worked with the N.W. Bacon Singers and was very instrumental in the musicianship at the church. During this time Kenneth met and married Bridgette Watts and through this union a beautiful daughter was birthed, Britne LaRue Brown.

As a young man Kenneth was very active in the Gospel Music community. He played an active and integral role with the Children of Faith, Austin City Wide Mass Choir, Claudia Williams and the Voices of Christ, Austin All-City Wide Male Chorus, just to name a few. It was with the Voices of Christ, Kenneth debuted his skills as a musician and songwriter on their first recording. The 1984 album entitled "Some Glad Morning" featured Kenneth on keys and organ on which he also wrote the title track.

The Lord led Kenneth to start his own community choir (Resurrection Community Choir, affectionately known as Resurrection) in the fall of 1985. December of 1985, Kenneth Brown and the Resurrection Community Choir held its first concert to a capacity filled church and all who attended were blessed indeed. Their vocal skills and talents blended with their anointed worship garnered them several local and state awards and also afforded Resurrection to sing throughout the region sharing the stage with great Gospel legends. Kenneth and Resurrection released their debut album entitled "He's Coming Back Again" in January 1990 during their 4th anniversary service. Also while in Austin, Kenneth served as a musician of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, under the pastoral leadership of Dr. G.V. Clark and Antioch Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. W. R. Jasper.

The Lord moved Kenneth to Houston, Texas. During his tenure in Houston, Kenneth was blessed to work with New Faith Baptist Church, South Post Oak Baptist Church (Fountain of Praise), and Kainos Community Church. Kenneth became a true "Choirmaster". For many of these music ministries Kenneth established the foundation for which they are now built. He knew how to have "CHURCH" and let the Lord have His way. During this time, Kenneth married Gospel recording artist Kathy Taylor.

Kenneth moved back home to Austin and united with the Rosewood Avenue Baptist Church where he was appointed the Minister of Music, pastored by Rev. Coby Shorter III. Anointed with his God-given talents, enriched expertise and strong leadership traits, Rosewood Baptist Church music ministry was strengthen not only in numbers, but musically and spiritually grew to become a great ministry. Additionally, Kenneth also worked with Dr. Ruth Sauls and the St. John Regular Baptist Association. Kenneth definitely embraced and embodied the very essence of "Community" by always extending himself and ministry wherever needed and asked of. Having a heart for his ministry, music and the people of God, in 2008, Kenneth brought forth another vision that brought several Austin church choirs together to form "The Good Friday" choir; an annual Good Friday worship service whereby many looked forward to participating and being under the directorship of Kenneth Brown.

God called Kenneth home on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. He leaves to cherish: his loving daughter Britne LaRue Brown, his granddaughter, Starylnn Renee McKinney, his brother Thomas E. Brown (Alice) his sister Jocelyn M. Taylor, his nephews, Kurie Brown, Victor Brown, David McIntosh, Clarence McIntosh, Terrence McIntosh, Johnathan Brown, Mark Taylor, Jr., and his niece, Jennifer Taylor all from Austin. He also leaves to cherish his memory, a host of relatives, friends, church members and musician friends.

Many sentiments are expressed and summarized as follows: "There are people in our lives whose generosity, kind heartedness and genuineness leave an everlasting imprint on your heart. Kenneth was such a person. He touched so many of our lives with his love of music, as a tailor, as a brother, father, mentor, relative and friend."

Kenneth LaRue Brown leaves an amazing musical legacy without equal, but what will be greatly missed are Kenneth's kind and giving spirit, loving heart, compassion for people, great sense of humor, and a personality that will forever dwell in the hearts of many.


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