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Ralph Edward BrownAge: 61 years19442005

Ralph Edward Brown
Birth July 28, 1944 27 24
Death of a fatherMearl Elisha Brown
July 21, 1979 (Age 34 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherOna Ethel Chitwood
July 28, 1979 (Age 35 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Death of a motherElla Christine Armstrong
November 15, 2000 (Age 56 years)

Death August 2, 2005 (Age 61 years)
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Marriage: March 17, 1938, Garland, Arkansas
6 years

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Ralph Edward "Butch" Brown, 61, died on Tuesday, August 2, 2005. He was born July 28, 1944, at Royal, Arkansas, to Mearl and Christine Armstrong Brown. He was retired from the US Postal Service and was the Administrator of Moose Lodge No 1252 at the time of his death. Butch was of the Baptist faith, a 3-tour veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Army. While in the service, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Clusters, and was a Jumpmaster with the 101st Airborne Division and Special Forces. In 1968, he was named the Soldier of the Year. After returning from the service, he started his career with the Postal Service where he became the youngest President of the State and Local American Postal Workers Union, serving in that capacity for 15 years. He was a Board Member of the AFL-CIO, a life member of the VFW Post No. 2278, the American Legion, a Past President and board member of the Vietnam Veterans Organization. Under his leadership of the VVO, he arranged for the Moving Wall to be put in Hot Springs for a week. He was also a member of the Brushy Creek Hunting Club. He was predeceased by his parents, his only son, Darren Edward Brown, and his grandparents, Edd and Julia Houser Armstrong, Floyd Brown, and Jeff and Ona Chitwood Muncrief. He is survived by his wife, Gayle York Brown of Hot Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elisa and Robert Hotho of Hot Springs, and Cynthia and Daniel Cooper of Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas; three grandchildren, Michael Edward Hotho, Kristyn and Allison Cooper; one sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Harris Humphreys of Hot Springs; nephew, Harold Cunningham and his children, Laken and Cade; niece and her husband, Susan and Forrest Spicher and their children, Brandon and Lindsey; and several other nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Alaine and her husband Billy Songer and Judy O'Quinn. He leaves not only his family but his dear brothers and many friends. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in Central Baptist Church with Chaplain Richard Miles officiating. Burial will be at Lowe Cemetery with full military honors by the VFW Post No. 2278 Honor Guard. Arrangements are with Hot Springs Funeral Home. [from The Sentinel-Record, August 4, 2005, page 6A]