Richard Alan Brown (68)

Carmi, Illinois
Birth: October 16, 1952
Death: November 10, 2020

Richard Alan Brown, 68, of Carmi, Illinois, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, Illinois. He was born October 16, 1952, in Fairfield, Illinois, the son of Lawrence A. and Lyndell (McArthy) Brown. He was married to Maricar (Pasaporte) Brown on May 2, 2010, and she survives.

Richard (often referred to as “the one and only” was a farmer and 5th generation grower of the famous John Brown Watermelons and a member of the Carmi Methodist Church. His watermelon stand in East Carmi was a regional landmark. He also worked for several years as a counselor for the Egyptian Health Department. He had a passion for sports and was one of Carmi’s greatest fans. He served several years on the Carmi Swim Team Board. His love for music and the stories behind the music was legendary. For many years, he managed to attend at least one Bob Dylan concert a year. Some of his many pastimes were repurposing things, fixing and tinkering, fishing and always listening to music.

Survivors include his wife, Maricar Brown of Carmi; sons Carl John Pasaporte and Rizeo Doilata, Jr., both of Manilla, Philippines; daughters Raven Brown of Shelbyville, Kentucky, and Robin (Joe) Kingery of Carmi; brother David (Sara) Brown of Carmi; sister Carolyn (Jeff) Hodge of Paris, Illinois; grandchildren Landon Kingery and Anderson Kingery (on the way).

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is 5-7 pm, Friday, November 13, 2020, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Funeral is 10 am, Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in Kuykendall Cemetery near Carmi.

COVID-19 precautions will be observed.

Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Friday, November 13, 2020 - 5-7 pm
Service: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10 am
Burial: Kuykendall Cemetery - Carmi, Illinois

10 thoughts on “Richard Alan Brown”

  1. Maricar, of course you do not know me, but when Richard was a little boy he played with my boys, Jamey and Tim Maloy. And he also rode with my children to school. I always liked Richard and Carolyn and David. I also played Bridge with his mother for years. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I have seen your postings on Facebook and will look for them in the future. Sincerely Jo Anna Maloy.

    1. Carolyn Brown Hodge

      so good to hear from you and I friended you on facebook. We did have wonderful memories growing up with your family. Best to you.

  2. White County has lost one ot its “characters,” said in a very good way. A man of the soil, who united us to our agrarian and entrepreneur past. What his family has done for over a century is now the cool “agritourism” business. I was privileged to know him. My prayers to Maricar and David and Carolyn and all of his family, extended and local.

  3. Maricar,
    From our family to yours, we would like to Express our deepest love , prayers and sympathy. We are always here if you need anything. God Bless you!
    Steve, Rosey York & family

  4. Lucy Williams and Gibson and Wabash Counties (GWC) Fil-Am Group

    Our deepest condolence to you Maricar and your family. Prayers for your strength as you loss your better half. We wish you peace and comfort as you grieve.

  5. Linda Loftin Nelson

    Condolences to the entire Brown family but especially to my “Big Sister” Carolyn Brown Hodge. My experience at Eastern Illinois University fifty years ago included many great memories. May Richard Rest In Peace!

    1. Carolyn Brown Hodge

      Flash from the past–so good to hear from you. Facebook friend me if you do facebook. Love to keep in touch.

      1. Yes, let’s touch base. I get to Illinois every once in awhile and if you are in Florida I would love to get together. I sent you a FB friend request. Hope you all are well at this difficult time! Love to all!!

  6. Maricar:
    We have not met, but everyone says so many great things about you and your marriage with Richard. He is the One and Only, for sure. Growing up around him and his Family was a great experience. In Grade School and High School, Tom Cook, Richard and I did some Awesome things together, according to our teachers back then, although they usually did not use the word awesome to describe them. Tom Cook is the best in the World, to be taking care of Richard now and you and your family. Hope to meet you someday. Take care, knowing he had so many friends, as you do.
    John Arbaugh
    Frisco, Texas

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