Curtis Lavell Brown was born on September 6, 1942, in Hampton, Arkansas, to Akebi and Gertrude Moore Brown. They taught their children the value of hard work, being honest, and having a great name.
He accepted Christ at a tender age and was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. He attended Bible study and Sunday school faithfully. He met the beautiful Alice Mae and they were married on March 8, 1966. Although they had no children, they cherished their nieces and nephews as their own. He worked for several logging outfits over the years including Matt Harper, Willie Walter and Greg Golden.
Curtis found a passion for quartet singing. His resounding and melodious voice landed him a place with the “The Spiritual Connection”, the “Atkins Family” and lastly the “Wings of Joy”. He would sing in quartets all over the state and be well-known. He maintained close ties with Marilyn Lee Goodman who played the keyboard and Ray Gulley “Big Money Grip”.
His pilgrimage was modest but full. Being from the South, he was an outdoorsman who loved fishing, landscaping, and watching the Westerns. At the blessed age of 79, Curtis passed peacefully Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Bobby Brown, Ezell Brown, Ola Mae Brown, Osie Lee Brown, Ida Mae Harris, and George Brown (April 24, 2022).
Because love is greater than death, he will be forever loved by his wife, Alice Mae Brown of Camden; sisters, Stella Neal of Fordyce, and Sletie Smith of Houston, Texas; brother, Cardell (Ruby) Brown of Fordyce, and a sister-in-law, Mary Brown. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and other treasured family and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, May 13, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, Hwy 167 North, Fordyce. Home-going service will be shared on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Hampton, 3915 Hwy 167 South, Hampton, with Bro. Greg Golden, officiating. Interment will be at Dixon Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be George Brown Jr., Joseph Brown, Justin Thomas, London Golden, Travis Shelton, and Mark Vincent. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Wings of Joy, Spiritual Connection, The Atkins Family, and the Spiritual Stars.