Amber Patty
Frank Jr. Brown
Frank Jr. Brown was born June 13, 1942 in Loudon, Tennessee to Mary Kate Motts. Adopted by Stover and Dusty Brown, Frank grew up in Lenoir City on Nelson Street across the railroad track and had two brothers Avery Motts and George Motts who lived next to them. They had no TV growing up and had to do homework by an oil lamp. He went to school at Highland Park and graduated from eighth grade in 1956, which is his highest education received. During school years both his adoptive mom and dad worked in a cotton mill as janitors while also maintaining a farm, which supplied their fresh vegetables during the summer and milk year round. When asked about his duties on the farm and his earliest memories he replied, “Eat and mow the yard.”

Although Frank’s relationship with his adoptive parents healthy he admits he reflected on his real parents and the reason for his adoption. He never knew his real father and his mother was financially and emotionally unable to care for him, giving up custody as an infant. Frank confessed that even though the Brown’s were always there for him he would have rather lived with his real mother who every week or so was permitted to visit him.

In the mid 1960’s Frank got a job in Knoxville as a landscaper and later turned to what he knew best, farming. When he was not working, Frank spent the majority of his time hunting rabbits, squirrels, and fishing. He never got married or had any children- and he did not want to. His best memories included fishing on the dam and playing basketball on Nelson St. but says that most of his life he hung around by himself to stay out of trouble. He had a dog named Sheba and a cat that accompanied him at home.

When Frank was 23 years old he bought a ’65 Chevrolet and soon after had a serious wreck. He remembers the tie rods came loose and the car turned over causing blindness in his right eye and a scar down his cheek. He remembers drinking whiskey in local bars with friends and getting six-packs of beer and going off into the woods to be alone.

While in his forties the Browns passed away leaving him with no living family. He went to church at Pinetop Primitive Baptist Church in Lenoir City where later he met Patricia Burns who admitted him to East Tennessee Health Care Center. Now at age 72 Frank enjoys reading, writing, and putting puzzles together and adds that the workers of ETHCC takes good care of him and they are all like a big family. His advice is to be good, mind your own business, and stay out of trouble furthermore wants to be remembered as a good man that loved God and was saved at a young age.
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