In Memoriam of Horace Brown

Friends, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a fellow surveyor. I apologize for posting the news this way, but I wanted to make sure everyone hears before the funeral.

William Horace Brown

William Horace Brown, 83, of Shelby County, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, the 30th day of April 2019, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Born in Spencer County, on the 10th day of February 1936, he was the son of the late Corinne Hughes Brown and William Goebel Brown.

He received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky, after which he launched and managed a successful family business known as W.H. Brown & Associates, servicing Shelby County and beyond for more than 50 years.

Most of his life was spent exploring nature and wildlife. His love for birds translated to a successful photography business, capturing Kentucky’s native birds.  An authority on birds and nature, he contributed articles to The State Journal, the Sentinel-News and various other publications.

For 45 years, he led bird counts to provide population data for use in conservation efforts throughout North America.  He served as Chairman of Kentucky’s Environmental Quality Commission and Environmental Education Council. He also served on the board of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.

His lifelong dedication to protecting Kentucky’s environment earned him many accolades and awards, including The Harry M. Caudill Conservationist Award by the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club, The Environmental Education Award from the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education and The Earth Day Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Rebecca Schafer.

His survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Iris” Cloud Brown; his children, Leslie Brown McBride (Stephen), William Todd Brown, Lloyd Douglas Brown (Kimberly), Helen Jane McBrayer, John Keith Brown, Christy Rebecca Brown, Megan Snyder Crabb (Gregory), Maury DeWitt Snyder Jr. (Jessica) and Seth Dandridge Brown; his 21 grandchildren, Paul, Brandon, Zachary, Sean, Corey, Casey, Jacob, William, Nora, Jackson, Ethan, Mia, Savannah, Luke, Augustus, Lyla, Calla, Gabriel, Ada, Maura and Nico; and his seven great-grandchildren, Ashley, Paul, Layla, Wyatt, Hayden, Sophia and Brandon.

A Celebration of the Life of William Horace Brown will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, the 3rd day of May 2019, at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville. Interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m., until 12:45 p.m., Friday, at the Hall Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville and expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions to the Kentucky Resources Council, P.O. Box 1070, Frankfort, KY  40602, or via email at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home and online condolences may be expressed at