Obituary of James Thomas Brown
James Thomas Brown, age 88, of Lake Village, Arkansas, passed away August 18, 2018, at his home surrounded by loving family and close friends. He was born on November 11, 1929 to Thomas Lafayette Brown and Velma Atkinson Brown of Lake Port.
James joined the Army and fought in the Korean War in 1951 and 1952, where he was part of the 2nd infantry division, 9th Battalion. He received three purple hearts for wounds he received in Combat. On his way home from Korea, he met his wife to be, Margaret Alice Boyd of McGehee, Arkansas. They lived in McGehee for 5 years, then in Lake Village for 10 years. They moved to Rolling Fork, Mississippi in 1969 where they lived for 25 years before returning home to Lake Village upon retirement. James worked for Arkla Gas Company while in Lake Village, then Mississippi Valley Gas Company while in Rolling Fork. James was ordained a Deacon in the Baptist Church in 1964. He coached baseball for 8,9, and 10-year olds while in Lake Village and Rolling Fork. He belonged to Fawnwood Fire Department and served them faithfully. He was a member of the Purple Heart Association and the American Legion.
James is survived by his wife of 65 years, one daughter, Rita Brown Vincent and husband Malvin “Frenchie” of Lafayette, Louisiana and one son, James Ray Brown and his wife Sheila of Birmingham, Alabama. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Dr. Harold Brown of Houston, Texas and Eugene Brown of Alexandria, Virginia and 2 sisters, Lavone Brown Hallman of Florida and Carolyn Brown Cherry of Texas. He was Pop Pop to 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
James was preceded in Death by his parents, Thomas Lafayette Brown and Velma Atkinson Brown along with one brother, Kyrel Brown, and three sisters, Marie Coyle, Faye Briggs, and Lucille Ponder. He also was preceded by a grandson, Paul Thomas Vincent.
Visitation will be 5-7pm Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Bishop-King Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation also will be 9-10am Monday, August 20, 2018 with Funeral Services following in Bishop-King Chapel. Burial will follow at 12:30pm, Monday, at Tyro Cemetery in Dumas, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village, Arkansas.
In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations be made either to the 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division Association Monument Fund, C/O Bob Haynes, P. O. Box 218, Fox Lake, IL 60020-018 (Phone: 224-225-1202) or the Fawnwood Volunteer Fire Department 865 Lake Hall Rd. Lake Village AR, 71653