Billy Lee (Bill) Brown was born in Marvell on June 4, 1938, the son of the late Hersey Lee and Vela Lee Shackelford Brown.
In November 1959 he married Henrietta Wells, who survives.
Mr. Brown served his country in the Navy. He was a Baptist minister for 51 years, serving churches in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Mr. Brown departed this life on March 30, 2013 in Adamsville, Tenn. at the age of 74 years, 9 months and 26 days.
Besides his wife, Henrietta of Adamsville, he leaves his children, Jeff Brown of Memphis, Barry Brown and his wife, Shana, of Port Lavaca, Texas, Karen Quarles and her husband, Ricky, of Jackson, Tenn. and Steve Brown and his wife, Heather, of Henderson, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Bobby Brown of Helena-West Helena, David Brown of Olive Branch, Miss. and Ronnie Brown of Marion; two sisters, Betty Kay Crader of Munford, Tenn. and Suzanne White of McGehee.
Besides his parents, a sister, Brenda Moneymaker and two brothers, Larry and James Brown, also preceded Mr. Brown in death.
Services will be held 11 a.m. April 3 at the First Baptist Church in Adamsville with Jetta Forsythe officiating. Burial will follow in the Corinth National Cemetery at Corinth, Miss.
Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah, Tenn. are in charge of the services.