Alvin Allen "Jack" Brown, 82, Sheldon, Mo., passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following an illness of several months. He was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Barton County, Mo., to Riley Watson Brown and Ida Mae Gaston Brown. He married Erma Elizabeth Carlton on April 11, 1940, in Bronaugh, Mo., and she survives of the home.
Mr. Brown was born in Barton County but spent virtually his entire life in Vernon County. He owned and operated a paving business and dump truck. He also worked for the railroad in Wyoming, Lawn-Boy Manufacturing in Lamar, Mo., for 10 years and laid silica rock. He was an avid horseshoe pitcher, square dancer, bowler, fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends and enjoyed his family, grandkids and great-grandkids.
Survivors in addition to his wife Elizabeth include six children, Joann Jones and her husband Ronnie, Sheldon, Mo., Bob Brown and his wife Ida, Bella Vista, Ark., Sue Spencer and her husband Larry, Regina, Saskatchewan, Ray Brown and his wife Norma, Lee's Summit, Mo., Bill Brown, Lawson, Mo., Don Brown and his wife Charlotte, Diamond, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Mooney, Nevada, Mo., and June Simmons, Benbrook, Texas; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Riley and Ida Brown and stepmother, Opal; two brothers, Riley and Harold Brown; one sister, Betty Troxel; and one grandson, Travis Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, April 3, at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon, with John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in Sheldon Cemetery. Friends may call until the hour of service and the family receives friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in his memory to the charity of the donor's choice.