John was born May 27, 1936 in Houlka, Mississippi. He was the son of John Russell Brown and Obera Deborah (Davis) Brown.
On May 24, 1959, John was united in marriage to Gail T. Trover at the Houlka, Mississippi Baptist Church. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2003.
John is survived by: his children – Leah (Richard) Cannon and Mark (Darla) Brown all of rural Tunnel Hill; 7 grandchildren – Martin Favors, Nick Favors, Jesse Cannon, Eric “E.J.” Oppedal, Rachel Morris, Andrew Brown and Will Brown; several great and great-great grandchildren; a sister – Martha Ann (Jim) Farrish of Yazoo City, Mississippi; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by an infant brother – J.R. Brown; a sister and brother-in-law – Mary & Pete Blake and a niece – Martha Russalynn Farrish.
John was a graduate of the Houlka, Mississippi High School. He served honorably from 1959-1961 in the U.S. Army transportation corps.
John was employed for 26 ½ years as a correctional officer at the Vienna Correctional Center prior to his retirement in February 1998.
John enjoyed fishing, traveling, gospel and country music. He was of the Christian faith.
A memorial service honoring the life of John Brown will be conducted Friday afternoon, January 4, 2019, at 1 p.m. at New Vision Church, 12615 U.S. Highway 45 North, Ozark, Illinois.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2019, at the church.
Inurnment will be in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Military graveside honors will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.