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September 15, 1930 ~ September 19, 2019 (age 89)


Rockport, Ky-Earl “Ray” Brown,  89, passed away Thursday September 19th, 2019 at St. Vincent’s in Evansville. He was born on September 15th, 1930 to Bert and Mabel (Taylor) Brown of Chiggerville, Ky. Ray retired from Peabody Coal Mine’s River Queen Surface Mine and a member of Local 1178 UMWA.  He enjoyed spending time working on his vehicles and tending his garden. He was resourceful, the kind of person who fixed problems; quick with a joke or story to tell, and he was always surrounded by laughter. As the years went on his warm smile became a toothless grin; his family finds comfort in knowing that he is now tinkering in a workshop with his buddies Neal and Jim that have gone home before him.

            In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by siblings, Margaret and Cecil Hunley Brown, nephew, James “Jim Bob” Brown, and his wife of 61 years, Wanda Ezell Brown.

Ray is survived by his children Kelly Brown and Lugenia (Mike) Sapp, grandchildren, Lee Sapp, Katie (Junior) Staggs, Aaron (Erica) Brown, and Travis (Caitlin) Brown, great-granddaughters Savannah, Sophie, and Scarlett Staggs, brother Glen “Bobby” Brown and nieces and nephew, Vena Cardwell, Debbie James, and Bobby Joe Brown

            Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Beaver Dam.  Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery near Echols, Ky.  Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 9:00 a.m. until funeral time Tuesday at the funeral home. 

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