Mr. Royce Henry Brown, formerly of the Howelton community, recently a resident of Oak Landing Assisted Living Facility, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Morgan Funeral Chapel. Dr. Roy Daroughty will officiate. Burial will be in Howelton Methodist Church Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
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Mr. Brown was born on March 12, 1925, to Mary Ollie Gunter Brown and Henry Delone Brown in Blount County. In 1947, Royce married Mae Hughes, who preceded him in death on June 22, 1987. Also preceding him were his brothers, James Brown, Allton Brown; and sisters, Leola Jacobs and Jewel Criswell.
Mr. Brown is survived by his children, Joyce Farley, Linda (Gary) Howington, Royce Brown Jr., Paul (Deborah) Brown, Timothy Brown and Anita Brown; grandchildren, Brandy (Tommy) Wiemann, Josh (Alaina) Brown, Christopher (Jessica) Brown, Casey Brown, Kevin Brown (fiancée, Aimee Gilbert), Michael (Donna) Howington, Tammy Smith and Mark (Jill) Howington; great-grandchildren, Hobie and Ashton Brown, Gage and Logan Wiemann, Andrew and Jake Smith, Shane Howington and Garret and Morgan Howington; brother, N.S. "Buck" (Dot) Brown; sister, Christine (Bill) Gibson; his special friend and dance partner of 17 years, Wanda Waldrop; close friend, Everett Lacy and a special nephew, Harold Bowman, with whom he greatly enjoyed his morning coffees; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Brown was a veteran of World War II, during which he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Brown was retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Royce loved to sing and play practical jokes and was an avid fan of Alabama Crimson Tide football. For as long as he could, he loved to tend his flowers, vegetable garden and cut his grass, though he was a reckless lawnmower driver. He also enjoyed senior citizen dances. Mr. Brown always had a sparkle in his eye, a sense of fun and a wicked sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Oak Landing Assisted Living Facility for their compassion, affection and understanding during the last years of Mr. Brown's life.
Morgan Funeral Chapel & Crematory
625 Gilbert Ferry Rd SE
Attalla, AL 35954
Published in The Gadsden Times from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2010