Obituary: SFC Joseph Ray Brown

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HAUGHTON – Celebration of life service for Joseph Ray Brown will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel on Friday Jan. 23rd 2015 at 4:00 P.M. Pastor Danny Moffett and Senior Pastor Dr. Ramonalynn Bethley will be officiating the service. The family will be receiving friends for visitation one hour prior to the service at 3:00 P.M. at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel.

Joe retired from the United States Army in 2001 after 26 years of honorable service, which included active tours of duty in the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. Following his military retirement, he worked for the Bossier Parish School Board for 10 years at Apollo Elementary. He was a very loving and faithful Christian man, and was active in church prior to becoming ill. He was a member of the Prayer Line, as well as the NRA and Veterans Association.

Joe loved the outdoors and spent many hours at his camp hunting, fishing, riding his ATV, and sitting around the campfire listening to Willie Nelson. He loved to cook, whether at home, or large cookouts for the entire family. He enjoyed the sports of boxing and football, and always enjoyed a good cup of coffee. He loved to give back and volunteered at Asbury United Methodist Church and Believers Worship Center. He also helped build the playground at the original St. Jude Catholic Church. Joes’ biggest pleasure was spending quality time with, and providing for his family.

Joe was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Isabelle Miramontz; father, Linston Brown; father-in- law, Troy Moore; and mother-in-law; Isabelle Moore.

Joe is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 43 years, Kathy Ann Brown, of Haughton, La. He is also survived by his mother, Elaine Vaughn, of Ball, Louisiana; daughter Angie Miramontz and husband Ignacio of Bossier City, Louisiana; son, Jody Brown and wife Lee of Gonzales, Louisiana; and daughter, Kayse Dinger and husband David of Bossier City, Louisiana. He has 12 grandchildren that loved him very much; Jordan Fergurson; Marcus, William, and Joseph Miramontz; Alyssa and Jody Brown, Karly and Michaela Moore, Scott, Corey, Madison and Aimee Dinger. Siblings; Patricia Bolton, Jimmy Brown, Mike Brown, Paul Brown, Pete Vaughn, Kristi Smith, Kathy Williams, Terry Brown, Tim Brown, David Brown, and their spouses and families.

In lieu of flowers, the family has an account setup at Regions Bank to assist with past medical expenses. The family will make a donation to the Lung Cancer Foundation.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Willis Knighton Medical Group; Dr. Deere, Dr McDonald, Dr. Nathan, Dr. Lambert, and the many nurses involved in his care during his illness.