Mr. Arthur Ray Brown, son of the late Mack Brown, Sr. and Marcella Jackson Brown, was born September 26, 1954, in Reydell, Arkansas. He attended Watson Chapel High School and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1972. He was also a graduate of Pines Vocational Technical College. At an early age, he professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a dedicated member and served faithfully as a Deacon.
Ray met the love of his life, Joyce C. Williams Brown, and they were united in holy matrimony on November 9, 1975. This union was blessed with two beautiful daughters.
Ray was an active member of the Haygood Masonic Lodge #407 for over thirty-three years. He retired from Central Moloney in Pine Bluff after forty-one years of employment. His favorite pastimes were working in his yard, doing odd jobs around his home, and hosting family events such as huge fish fry dinners, which were attended by family members, as well as other Pine Bluff citizens. Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman. As a result of his generous spirit and pleasant personality, he was loved by many. After a short illness, Ray quietly departed this life on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents-Mack Brown, Sr. and Marcella Jackson Brown; brothers-David Jackson Brown, Mack Brown, Jr., Floyd Edward Brown, and Mack Brown, III.
Ray's life will forever be cherished in the lives of his devoted wife of forty-five years- Joyce C. Williams Brown; his two daughters-Pamela KlauDette Brown of Phoenix, Arizona and Kasey Sha'Nai Brown of Cincinnati, Ohio; five brothers- James (Delores) Brown of Snellville, Georgia, Michael (Nicole) Brown, Sr. of Lithonia, Georgia, Glen (Clara) Brown, Sr., Louis (Vera) Brown, and Lattermore (Jennifer) Brown Belcher all of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; one sister-Vanessa Y. Brown Taylor of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and a host of in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and dear friends.
"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
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