He was born in Marion to Alex and Sandra (Helvie) Brown, who both survive. He was a life resident of Marion. He formerly worked at Atlas Foundry and Lein Corp. He liked to fish and camp. He enjoyed NASCAR and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.
Additional survivors include daughters, Norasue Gonzales, Georgia J. Gonzales and Dannika L. Brown, all of Marion; sisters, Debbie (Jay Denkins) Brown, Greenville, Mich., Cynthia (Roy) Perkins, Becky (Ray) Colburn, and Clara (David Holliman) Brown, all of Marion; brothers, Rusty Brown, Marion, and Ricky Brown, Putnamville; half brothers, Frank (Linda) Reyes, Marion, Richard (Teresa) Halstead, Wabash, and Earnest Campbell Jr.; grandchildren, Matthew F. Gonzales, Evea Lynn R. Alvarez and Kayell L. Gonzales, all of Marion; uncle, Ernest Helvie; aunt, Rosemary Harris; special friend, Phil Bauman; special nephew, Dae'Andre Brown; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.