In Memory of




Obituary for Doris Jean Brown

Doris Jean Buckner Brown passed away August 29, 2022 at the age of 93. A lifelong Ellis County resident, Doris was born on April 5, 1929 near the Oak Branch community on her family’s farm that was first purchased by her great-grandparents in the early 1870s. She was the daughter of Curtis Charles Buckner and Bertha Leona Apffel Buckner. Doris was very proud of her deep family history in Ellis County. Doris graduated from Maypearl High School in 1946 as the salutatorian of her class. One week after graduating from high school, she married A. L. (Jack) Brown of Mountain Peak, and the couple first made their home in Midlothian. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, Jackie, Doris and Jack moved to Waxahachie where Doris lived for the remainder of her life.

Doris held a number of occupations during her career. Most notably, she worked for several years at the Texas Theater in downtown Waxahachie where she established strong friendships with the many local residents who frequented the theater. She later worked for more than 15 years as a sales clerk at the DuAll Shop, an electronics and appliance store popular with Ellis County residents during the 1970s and 1980s, where she once again became known and well-liked by the many folks who frequented the store. She was a devoted Christian and attended several different local churches during her lifetime. She rarely missed an opportunity to attend church services, and she read and studied her Bible daily. For approximately the last 20 years of her life, she was a member of the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, and she was quite proud to describe herself as one of the Cowboy Church’s earliest members.

Doris enjoyed simple pleasures in life. Her family and faith were her focus. Having grown up in the golden age of radio, Doris was a lifelong devotee to music and radio programming. Listening to music was one of her passions, and she frequently chose listening to sporting events on the radio, rather than watching them on television.

Doris was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as a loyal friend, community servant, and hard worker. Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Jack, as well as her brother, Walter Dale Buckner, with whom she shared a close sibling bond. Doris is survived by her daughter, Jackie Brown Wray of Waxahachie; her grandson, John Wray and his wife, Michele, of Midlothian; her great-grandchildren, Morgan Wray and Patrick Wray; and her sister-in-law, Linda Buckner.

Services will be held at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County on Saturday, September 3 at 1:00 in the afternoon. The family will receive visitors immediately preceding the service at 12:00. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Doris’ memory to Waxahachie’s Old-Fashioned Singing Project at and the Cowboy Church of Ellis County at