“It’s a good thing I love to COOK.”Joyce Brown
I was born in Beaumont, TX. I graduated from South Park High School in 1961. I attended Abilene Christian University. I married my High School Sweetheart, P.D. Brown in October 1962. I worked in Our Family Business after school and summers and then moved the Business and Family to Lumberton in January 1975.
We loved the small community and acreage we could raise a Family on. We have 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great Grandchildren. We work and worship with the Lumberton Church of Christ and have worked with the Youth much of the time.
Our children and the Grands come to lunch every Sunday and I wouldn’t have it any other way. “Good thing I love to COOK!”
After closing our business in the recession of 1984, I substitute taught in all of the Lumberton Schools and Christian Schools of Beaumont. Later, I opened Bouquets of Love by Joyce Florist and Bakery on Main St. With this venture, I could still enjoy the community, and working with God’s beautiful gifts of flowers, baking yummies, and catering until arthritis took over my arms and knees. I enjoyed every minute of it. “Good thing I love to COOK!”
Next, we helped our oldest daughter’s family with Granddaddy’s Coffee Shop. Yep, I cooked and P.D. became a barista! “Good thing I like to Cook!”
Hurricane Rita took the Coffee Shop out!
So, I semi-retired!
We have worked through growing pains, hurricanes, and building our teams.
About that time the Central Fire Station was within a few months being built. The HCESD #2 Board decided to hire an Office Manager and with my Business Experience, that turned out to be ME! I can say I have enjoyed almost every minute of being here. I was able to help “grow” us to where we are today. We have worked through growing pains, hurricanes, and building our teams.
“Good thing I love to Cook!!!” l’ve enjoyed being “Momma Joyce” to many around here. Though, some evenings I sure do like to enjoy a good meal from Napolis that I don’t have to cook!
P.D. and I love to travel and camp. We gather CoCo, our poodle, a couple pots of flowers, and hit the road for some fishing and relaxation. By the way, one of CoCo’s favorite things is getting to come to the Central Fire Station to see all of her friends she made during Hurricane Harvey!
We got to feed all of these hard working Firemen, Paramedics, and Friends that came to help us get through the STORM. “Good thing I love to cook!”
When friends and family come to visit, there is usually a big pot of GUMBO in my kitchen ready for the Cajun experience! Pine lsland Bayou is always a point of interest and the pine trees in our area catch their eyes. Most of our family is from West Texas, trees are fascinating to them. So, we usually take a drive through the Piney Woods, pass by the Central Fire Station to show them where I work, and then it is back to the house to visit over a little coffee and Peach Cobbler or Bread Pudding.
I just want to say that the Board of Hardin County E.S.D. #2 is an awesome Board. I love being able to work with and for them. Such an inspiration from people that CARE for their community, out of the goodness of their hearts.
Jesus Christ is where I draw my true inspiration and hope from day to day.