Holder-Wells Funeral Home, Inc., Moss Point, MS
Ms. Joann Grice Piper Brown 46, 710 Center Hill
Drive, Houston, Texas, died Friday, Aug. 19, 1983,
in Houston. She was born Feb. 27, 1987, in Columbus,
MS., and formerly in Pascagoula
She was a general manager and realty broker and was
a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Pascagoula.
Survivors are her husband, L.C. Brown, Houston, Texas:
two daughters, Margaret Jean "Peggy" piper, and Patricia
Joann "Patty" piper, and three step-daughters, Patricia
Brown, Kathy Brown, and Gwenda Brown, all of Houston:
her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Buford P. Grice, Pascagoula:
Three sisters, Ms. Darr Fred (Nancy) Sullivan, Washington, D.C.,
Mrs. Daniel I. (Julia) Miller, Dickinson, Texas and Mrs. Robert
(Brenda) Versiga , Pascagoula; two brothers, James Warren "Jimmy"
Grice, Monroe, La., and Bobby Dale Grice, Washington, D.C.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. today at Holder-Wells Funeral Home
in Moss Point. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
23, at the funeral hoe chapel. The Rev. George Berger of Calvary
Baptist Church and the Rev. Howard Taylor of Arlington Baptist
Church will officiate. Interment will be in Serene Memorial Gardens
Joann Grice Piper Brown
"Married to Glenn Piper of Mobile, Alabama. Glen and Joann had two children, Peggy & Pattie. She later married a Brown.
Joann was one of my dearest friends
Another set of mystifying murders occurred when realtor Elizabeth Shumate, 54, and two of her employees, JoAnn Brown, 46, and Fran Ivey, 60, were slain Aug. 19,1983.
Witnesses saw a man, believed by police to be the killer, enter the office of the Shumate Realty Co. at 16007
Memorial about closing time.
At the time, Shumate was talking on the telephone, and the caller told police she heard a man's voice and could
tell something was wrong.
Police said Brown and Ivey seemed to have feared they were going to be robbed and apparently had time to slip off some jewelry. A diamond ring belonging to Ivey was found under the cushion of a couch.
According to the police theory, the killer appeared to be tying Shumate's legs with cord from a Venetian blind when she began to struggle. Then he shot her and the other two women. All three were shot in the head.
From descriptions provided by witnesses who saw the man enter, the police obtained a composite drawing of
the suspected killer, but they never got a firm lead.
This came from: Houston Chronicle July 26,1987
Unsolved murders not rare for Houston area Author: BOB TUTT; Staff
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