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George Edward Brown, Sr., was born August 16, 1945, in Hampton, Arkansas, to Akebi and Gertrude Moore Brown. They taught their children the value of hard work, being honest, and having a great name. Those attributes were a few of the many characteristics of the modest and soft-spoken George.
He accepted Christ at a tender age and was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. He attended bible study, and Sunday school faithfully all while bonding and spending quality time with the other men of the church.
When George met Mary, it seemed to be a match made in heaven and after a brief period of courtship, they were married. Their union was blessed with two sons, George, Jr., and Joseph. He took his role as a father seriously; teaching kindness, and respect for self and others. He worked hard and made many sacrifices to take care of his family. His sons were his pride and joy. He taught them to follow the golden rule --" treat others as they would want to be treated”.
He was a trusted friend and family was everything to him. George possessed a strong work ethic and modeled the scripture 2 Thessalonians 3:10 "If anyone doesn't want to work, he shouldn't eat." For more than 30 years he operated Brown’s Lawn Service. His skill with the Kubota Tractor made lawn mowing a piece of cake. In the blink of an eye, he could turn a hayfield into a golf course. He worked for both the Carthage High School and Malvern School District in environmental services for years.
By all accounts, he was a “jack of all trades”. In his spare time, he’d watch countless “western” and “shoot ‘em up” episodes and reminisce about his karate days where he earned a brown belt. The brown indicated that he had adequate knowledge about the skills and he was ready for combat. Some of his favorite music included oldies, gospel, and the sound of Sam Cook. He enjoyed fishing and loved eating fried catfish. He lived a simple, uncomplicated life and enjoyed the pleasure of just being happy.
At the blessed age of 76, George passed peacefully in his home on Sunday, April 24, 2022, surrounded by his wife and sons. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Bobby Brown, Ezell Brown, Ola Mae Brown, Osie Lee Brown, and Ida Mae Harris. George was known as a “Gentle Giant”, a loving, honest, kind, and caring man who never met a stranger.
Because love is greater than death, he will be forever loved by his wife, Mary Ann Brown; sons, George (Corbi) Brown, Jr., of Ivan, AR, and Joseph (Meyon) Brown of Pine Bluff, AR; his beloved grandchildren, Destiny Brown, Joseph Brown, Devon Brown and Braelin Hence; sisters, Stella Neal of Fordyce, AR, and Sletie Smith of Houston, TX; brothers, Curtis (Alice) Brown of Camden, AR, and Cardell (Ruby) Brown of Fordyce, AR. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and other treasured family and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, April 29, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ, Hwy 167 North, Fordyce, Arkansas 71742. Home-going service will be shared on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Hampton 3915 Hwy 167 South, Hampton, Arkansas 71744 with Bro. Greg Golden, officiating. Interment will be at Dixon Cemetery.
Friday, April 29, 2022
5:30 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Church of Christ - Fordyce
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Starts at 10:00am (Central time)
Church of Christ - Hampton
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