BROWN, VB "SONNY, 90
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Live Oak - VB "Sonny" Brown, 90, passed away at home of natural causes September 25, 2012.
He was born in the Tiger Lake community of Live Oak, Florida April 5, 1922 to James Otha and Dollie Horne Brown. Finishing high school in Virginia, he continued working in a local seed plant. After Pearl Harbor, he joined the Marine Corps, and served with distinction in three Pacific campaigns, Roi, Saipan/Tinian and Iwo Jima. After the war, he quietly and simply went back to work in Virginia, eventually relocating to Live Oak.
He met and married Louis Maude Day, his wife of 62 years, and ran a successful fuel oil business for over 50 years. Sonny was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee.
He contributed in many ways to his community, and was active in many local groups including the Live Oak Jaycees, the Board of Trustees of the Suwannee County Hospital, the Board of Trustees of the Commercial Bank, the Suwannee Country Club, the Kiwanis Club, and the Barnett Lodge of Masons.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Vera Voyles, brothers Ottis and Alvin Brown. He is survived by his wife Louis; sons Jep (Marisol), Michael (Karin), and Greg (Theresa); daughter Barbara Ann (Richard); grandchildren Brian Brown, Jenni Roberts (Mike), Rachel Magnoni (Kirk), Rebecca Brown, Michael Campagnone, Megan Brown, Matthew Brown, Gregory Brown, Spencer Brown, Dustin Scott, Vonnie Gayle Hudson (Cranley), Cothee Ann Stalvey, Benjamin Ford, Molly Ford, and Holli Bishop; and great-grandchildren Kade Maulden, Gracie Roberts, Jacob Scott, and "little man" Magnoni on the way. A special thank you goes to niece Moseley Ruark and her husband Ray for their love and support throughout the years.
Visitation will be Saturday, October 6, at 10 a.m. at Daniel's Funeral Home, North Ohio Avenue, Live Oak, Florida. A memorial service celebrating the life of Sonny Brown will follow in the chapel at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Ray Ruark officiating.
Daniels Funeral Homes &
Crematory, Inc., Live Oak
& Branford, FL.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2012