Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012, at Ray Funeral Home with services immediately following at Ray Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Haney officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date in the Shaw City Cemetery.
Mr. Brown was born March 14, 1939, to Benjamin Franklin Brown and Emma Geneva Johnson. He served in the Air force in 1957. On May 11, 1959, Billy married Alice Nell Brown in Shaw. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, fishing and playing country music.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Nell Brown; nine children, Allen Gilliland (Liz) of DeSoto, Mo., Howard Brown (Karol) of Cleveland, Bobby Brown of Tulsa, Okla., Janie Leach (Burell) of Brandon, Pamela Brown Hancock and Margaret Chisolm, both of Rosedale, Anthony R. Brown (Lisa) and James Gilliland (Cheryl), both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michelle Coulombe (Alan) of Utah; and 26 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sisters, Annie Terry of Shaw and Pearlie May Baker of Alabama.