Buford Ray Brown, Sr., 84, of Crossett passed away on September 9, 2017, at home.
He was born in Pickens on September 13, 1932, to his parents, Kyrel George, and Willie Mae Barnes Brown.
Mr. Brown was raised in Chicot County, along with his five siblings, and worked alongside his parents as sharecroppers. As an adult, he began driving trucks and was employed by Georgia Pacific for many years. He later moved to Crossett and eventually opened Brown’s Cafe and Fish Market which he owned and operated for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, raising his coon dogs, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Virginia Marie Henson Brown; a sister, Gertrude Clay; and three brothers, Lamar Brown, Tom Arthur Brown, and Raymond Brown.
He is survived by his five children, Ray Brown and wife, Stacie, of Downsville, Louisiana, Cindi Robbins and husband, Mike, of Crossett, Tammy Renee Chenoweth and husband, Don Paul, of Welch, Oklahoma, Ricky Brown and wife, Tina, of Wilmar, and Ray Arlond Denny and wife, Lee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; a sister, Mary Ann Jackson of Mesa, Arizona; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 10 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m., at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett. Burial will follow at Tyro Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Brandon Martin, Alex Martin, Raymond Brown, Dale Norrell, Dee Wisecarver, and Philip McDonald.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Homecare, 2200 South Bowman Road, Little Rock AR 72211.