Lonnie Vernon Brown, 91, of Warren, died on May 17, 2017, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
He was a Baptist and a World War II Army veteran. Always a farmer, Mr. Brown grew his own tomato crop until this year. He was the owner of Brown’s Feed & Seed in Warren for more than 40 years and later was the manager of the Bradley County Farmer’s Co-Operative for another decade. He was named the 1999 Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. He was a founding board member of the Warren Pink Tomato Auction Marketing Board; Southeast Arkansas Livestock Auction; Bradley County Fair Board; Arkansas Cattleman’s Association; Warren Civitan Club; and served on the Arkansas Soil Conservation Service Board for many years.
Mr. Brown was born Nov. 6, 1925 on Big Creek, near Rison, and was the son of the late Charles Levi and Mary McClellan Brown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two wives, Claudia Bell Barrett Brown, whom he married Oct., 10, 1949 (she died on Oct., 3, 1991) and Betty Jo Hurst Trucks Brown, whom he married Dec. 1, 1996 (she died on Jan. 27, 2016); and three brothers, Leon, T.H. and Larkin Brown.
Survivors include a sister, Mattie Clark of Pine Bluff; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Brown and Ruby Brown, both of Monticello; a brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Pat Barret of Tucson, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews from the Barrett and Brown families; two stepsons, Drew Trucks and wife Mary of Fayetteville and Matt Trucks and wife Juli of Warren; a daughter, Jeanna Poniwaz of Russellville; three step-grandchildren, Nathan Trucks, Alexandria Poniwaz and Cassidy Trucks; and a step-great-grandchild Rhinna Poniwaz.
Visitation will be held on May 19 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren. Funeral services will be held on May 20 at 2 p.m.with Rev. Jerry Carter and Rev. Charles Wooley officiating.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Tracy Strange, John Gavin, Terry Donley, Scott Taylor, David Grider, and Michael Burns.
Memorials may be made to the Bradley County Veteran’s Museum, 210 N. Main Street, Warren or the Warren Branch Library, 115 W. Cypress Street, Warren, AR 71671