Ranching is something Charles Brown said he desired to do since he
was a small child. And his interest only grew with his choice of reading materials.
"I would look at the magazines like 'Progressive Farmer' and I started to get a feel[ing] [that is was something that I wanted to do]," Brown said.
He gained a lot of experience working on ranches as a youngster, but it would be years, before he would run his own ranch. That is because a scholarship took him to Texas College where he played football and earned a Bachelor's degree in education.
After he graduated in 1950, he began his career as a high school football coach at Dixon High School in Shepherd, Texas.
Brown would coach against white teams during the racially turbulent 1960's and 70's.
"You got called a few names and all like that, but you know we knew who we were," Brown said.
What helped him he said, was that he kept in mind what his parents taught him.
"I had been raised to accept the situation and defeat it in the proper matter," Brown said.
The proper matter, was to consistently win on the football field, which he did. And his success sometimes resulted in negative outcomes or his opponents.
"I caused a few people to lose their jobs because I was on their schedule and beat them," Brown said
During his thirty-six years in high school coaching, Brown won several state championships before he moved to the collegiate level. Former Texas A&M University head football coach, Jackie Sherill hired Brown to be one of the team's national recruiter.
His coaching prowess was further validated. He was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association, Hall of Honor on the first try.
"That really made me feel good because my peers who I competed against selected me."
The THSCA lists his overall record as 203 wins and 101 losses.
Brown said his life has been blessed because of his faith in God and because he exercised wisdom.
"I listened and I associate with people who have something to offer," Brown said.
That is evident in both his coaching and his success as a cattle rancher. He was able to listen to sound advice from individuals like the late O.D. Butler who was an associate vice
chancellor of agriculture at A&M.
Currently, Brown owns and operates the Lazy B-5 Ranch where he raises Brahmans. He said his success is not not just his, it is also for those you come after him.
"[It] lay[s] the ground work [or] foundation for someone else to build on," Brown said.