Joseph R. Brown.
- This eternal flame burns forever -
- in remembrance of Joseph R. Brown. -
January 10, 1936 - October 17, 2011
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
Occupation: Retired Navy & Assurance Inspector for Arkansas Nuclear One
Hobbies: Woodworking, Traveling Across Country and Visiting his Grandchildren
Organizations: River Valley Good Sam's Travel Club, Rogers-Rye Post #2283 of
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Russellville Senior Center in the Meals on Wheels Program
Joseph R. Brown, 75, of Russellville, AR, died Monday, October 17, 2011 at St. Mary's Regional Medical
Center in Russellville, AR. The son of John and Della Mae McCulloum Brown, he was born January 10, 1936
in Carl Junction, MO. He was a 1954 graduate of Riverton High School in Riverton, Kansas.
He married Irene Noyes on July 19, 1958 at Worcester, MA.
He entered the United States Navy in 1954 and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War as a submarine repairman
and machinist mate. Rising to the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class (E-6), he had a total of 20 years of service
including 5 years of foreign service, retiring in 1974. Ships he served on included the USS Norfolk, USS Wren,
USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Alstede and the USS Amphion.
He received five awards of the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Following his military career, Joseph worked for Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville as a quality assurance
inspector retiring in 1991.
He was a lifetime member of the Good Sam's Travel Club. He volunteered at the Russellville Senior Center in
the meals on wheels program served as a member of the Senior Center's Advisory Council.
He was a member of the Rogers-Rye Post #2283 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Pleasant View
Baptist Church where he served as Deacon.
He loved woodworking, traveling across the country and visiting his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Brown, Russellville; two sons, John Brown & wife Joy, Burkeville, VA. Jeff Brown
and wife Dolly, Florence, SC; daughter, Kathy Weatherl & husband Jim, Dover;
seven grandchildren, James Lewis, Amanda Miller, Joseph Brown, Audrianna Brown, Michael Brown, James Brown,
four great grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Brown & wife Doris, Crestline, KS, Cecil Vernon Brown, Crestline, KS;
two sisters, Geraldine Umphenour, Blue Springs, MO, Hazel McGrew & husband Gary Columbus, KS;
many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral was 2:00PM, Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Humphrey Chapel. Brother Larry Pettus will officiate. Burial will be
at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville, by Humphrey Funeral Service. Full military honors will be provided by
Rogers Rye Post #2283 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation was 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Wednesday, October 19, 2011at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Russellville Senior Centers, Meals On Wheels, 1010 North Rochester, Russellville, AR 72801.
Chapel Service was Thursday October 20, 2011, 2:00pm at Humphrey Funeral Service, Inc.
Dedicated to Joseph R. Brown!
Though He's gone, He is not forgotten.
Though absent, He remains in spirit.
Though once a worker, He now rest.
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