Official Obituary of

Ivory S. Brown

June 22, 1957 ~ August 28, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Ivory Brown Obituary

Ivory S. Brown was born June 22, 1957, in Grady, Arkansas to the Late Julia Mae Brown Duncan and the Late Jesse Knight Jr. He was educated in the Grady & Pine Bluff School Districts. Ivory and his family decided to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1977. Being the man of the family that he was, he started working at the Greyhound Bus station full time at 16 years old. He continued through his lifetime to use his skills and ability to learn quickly to provide for his family. In 2020, he took the opportunity to go back to school and graduated with his High School GED from MATC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was so proud of that, and because of who he was, his teachers and classmates asked him to speak during the graduation ceremony, and he did an excellent job. During this latter part of his life, he was still interested in property maintenance but had evolved to home/property Inspector.

He had professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with the Mount Horeb Missionary Baptist Church where he was a devoted and committed member and served as a faithful Deacon.

He was affectionately called a jack of all trades, the family jokester, and advisor. He wasn't satisfied until he could get you to laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. Ivory loved life, everyone in his family including those that became family from the number of years of friendship that he had with them, but he also took time to celebrate life. At any family gathering you would find him trying to bond and touch base with every family member present, from the old to the young. But his favorite thing that brought him total joy and peace was "fishing" with family and friends. Sonny's favorite songs are sung by Lee Williams and Rev. James Cleveland, but it was something about the song "GOD Is" that would bring tears to his eyes.

Monday night at 9:06 p.m. August 28, 2023, he peacefully joined his mother Julia Mae Brown, father Jesse Knight Jr., brother Cleophus Toney Jr., sisters Sophia Brooks, Mollie Ash, Pearl Pitts, and Bennie Sue Brown (Suzie) and his other mother Rosie Lee Alexander who has preceded him in death. 

Sonny (Ivory) leaves to cherish him, his wife Nurma Bozeman-Brown and their children Sammy Fields, Latrice T. Brown, Derrick L. (Amanda) Bozeman-Brown all of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His adopted daughter Alisha Harrion in Ennis, Texas. His 11 grandchildren− Xavier Fields, Darius Harrion, Jaylin Fields, Diavya Fields, Derrick L. Bozeman-Brown Jr., Shamar Hofmann, Davon T. Bozeman-Brown, Shafiq Fields, Samirra L. Bozeman-Brown, and Mia S. Fields. His sisters− Charlean Hughes of St. Louis, Missouri, Louise Jenkins (Joe), Betty Jackson both of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sherri Cole, Angela Coleman, Wanda Brown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Anthony Knight (Delphine) of Little Rock, Arkansas; Cynthia Ashley of Grady, Arkansas; Chiquita (Gregory) Nathan of Flint Michigan, Gail (Robert) Thomas of Grady, Arkansas;  brothers− Gregory Thompson and Tom Earl Gilligan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Aunts− Essie "Aunt Sally" Knight, Obie Knight and Georgia Sanders. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews who affectionately called him Uncle Sonny, as well as many cousins, and friends. 

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Celebration of Life
September 9, 2023

2:30 PM
Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church
909 South Wisconsin Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601


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