A Memorial Service for Earl Brown, Jr., 87, of Melcher-Dallas was held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Truth Assembly of God Church in Chariton. Family received friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials are requested to the Truth Assembly of God Church. Earl Brown, Jr. was born on Dec. 10, 1928, to Earl Sr. and Opal Brown. Earl grew up in Missouri alongside his brother and sister. Earl was united in marriage to LaVonne “Bonnie” Morton on Feb. 2, 1947. To this union, six children were born: Caroline, George “Pete”, Robert “Charlie”, Mary, Earl “Butch”, and Linda. Earl’s family was very important to him. Earl made a living as a farmer. He loved farming and the outdoors. Earl enjoyed mowing the yard, fishing with his grandchildren, camping, and gathering with loved ones around bonfires. In his later years, Earl loved to sit at the park and watch his great-grandchildren play. Earl never knew a stranger. He spent countless hours sitting outside his home under his favorite tree, waving and greeting anyone who passed by. He was always happy to have company, inviting friends and strangers alike into his home with a warm smile and the offer of a cold Pepsi. Earl attended the Truth Assembly of God Church in Chariton. He greatly enjoyed the potluck dinners and fellowship. When his health started to decline, Earl was thankful to have loved ones to care for him. His son-in-law, Darrell, made himself available during all hours. His granddaughter, Dorothy, and great-granddaughter, Sondra, also stepped in to make sure he was well-cared for. Earl’s family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton, Corydon Specialty Care, and Wayne County Health Center for their wonderful care of Earl and their kindness during his time with them. Earl passed away on Feb. 19, 2016, at the age of 87. He will be greatly missed by many. He is survived by his children: Caroline Hogue (Bill), George "Pete" Brown (Susan), Robert "Charlie" Brown (Deanna), and Mary Collins (Greg); daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Ellis (Earl); son-in-law, Darrell Riggs; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald "Wimp" Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVonne "Bonnie" Brown; children, Earl "Butch" Brown III and Linda Riggs; and sister, Edna Morris.
Published on  March 4, 2016