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Rayford Freeman “Brownie” Brown

  • Birth 23 May 1917 Chambers County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 6 Nov 1987 Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 10560362


U.S. Army WWII.

His nickname was "Brownie" because that's what my grandmother always called him.

Son of Lloyd Woodson Brown (1890-1975) & Annie Mae (Freeman) Brown (1892-1969).

Brother to Cloyd M. (1915-1945 KIA), Dorice (1919-1951), Arzelia, Edna (1924-2004), Elton and Joan.

Husband of Seawillow (Bozarth) Brown (1918-1986).

Father of Seawillow Rae (Brown) Vonheeder-Rolly, and Maj. Daryl Freeman Brown Sr (USAF).

Beloved Grandfather to Kim Vonheeder, Kelli (Vonheeder) Prader, Danica (Brown) Love, Kristan (Brown) Corsiglia, Hilary (Brown) Jones, and CPL Daryl F. Brown Jr (USMC).

Great grandfather of Nathan Love, Kyra F. Love, Austin C. Prader, Emma C. Love, Gracie R. Prader, Jillian J. Corsiglia, Bianca C. Brown, and Gavrie Jones.

He served his country, lost his brother at Iwo Jima, and instilled a great sense of service to country, honor, and bravery in his children and grandchildren.

Grandpa Brown died when I was just 8, so my memories of him aren't the best.I remember he was a big man, over 6'2, who always had a ready laugh and had a wonderful sense of humor. And I remember than when grandma passed away, he was totally lost. He came to live with us for a short time after that, and his smile was gone. He died of broken heart syndrome. He had only lived a year and a half after grandma.

Census info provided by James G. "Jim" Phillips
1920 Census, Pearson Crossroads, Chambers, Alabama, USA, NARA T625


Loyd (Lloyd) W (Woodson) Brown Head M 29 Alabama
Annie M (Mae) Brown Wife F 27 Alabama
Cloyd M (Maurice) Brown Son M 4 Alabama
BAYFORD (Rayford) F (Freeman) BROWN Son M 3 Alabama
Daniel F Brown Son M 0 Alabama
1930 Census, Pearsons Crossroads, Chambers, Alabama, USA, NARA T626


L (Lloyd) Woodson Brown Head M 40 Alabama
Annie Brown Wife F 37 Alabama
Cloyd (Maurice) Brown Son M 14 Alabama
RAYFORD (Freeman) BROWN Son M 12 Alabama
Doris Brown Daughter F 10 Alabama
Arzelia Brown Daughter F 8 Alabama
(Edna) Marcile Brown Daughter F 6 Alabama
Elton Brown Son M 3 Alabama

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  • Created by: D. Brown Love
  • Added: 5 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10560362
  • D. Brown Love
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rayford Freeman “Brownie” Brown (23 May 1917–6 Nov 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10560362, citing Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by D. Brown Love (contributor 46781225) .