Vernon Brown

Mr. Vernon Lloyd Brown, 63, of Middletown, MO, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at his home.

Visitation was held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 2:30-5 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 28 Snyder Road, Troy, MO.  A Celebration of Life service to immediately follow. Pastor Wes Denham officiated.  McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory of Lincoln and Pike Counties in charge of services.  Private interment.    

Vernon was born on October 20, 1956 at Troy Memorial Hospital, Troy, MO to Lloyd and Mary Graham Brown.  He married Judy Taylor on October 20, 1978 at Eolia Baptist Church.  They were married for 34 years.   A daughter, Tiffany Nicole (Derek) Howard, survives and step-children, Tom (Valarie) Gregory, Foristell and Julie Gregory (Clay) Lockard, Eolia.

Other survivors include his mother, Mary Brown, Bowling Green; step-sisters, Carolyn Dempsey, Quincy, IL and Donna (Buck) McPike, Bowling Green; step-brother, Ronnie (Kay) Brown, Elsberry; half-brother, Eugene Brown, Eolia; grandchildren, Taylor and Paisley Howard, Silex; step-grandchildren, Gage and Grant Gregory, Foristell and Kyle and Jillian Lockard, Eolia; other friends Jordan and Cody.

Preceding him in death were his dad, Lloyd Brown; step-dad, Carroll Brown; half-brother, Bruce Brown and step-brother, Eddie Brown.

Vernon and Judy bought Hwy 79 Meat Company in 1979.  They built Brown’s Processing on Highway 61 in 1980, then recently partnered with Tony Mendonsa to open Brown’s Smokehouse Meats in Troy on 185 E. Cherry Street in 2017, eventually buying him out.  Vernon worked hard to build strong businesses in the community, creating many jobs besides offering professional meat cutting services and quality food.

Vernon graduated from Clopton High School in 1975 where he played on the Clopton Hawks baseball and basketball teams.  His greatest passion in his adult life was forming and coaching many youth softball and basketball teams in the community, raising the bar on the skill level of play for the Silex area.  The smallest school in the county that was always easy to beat became a great competitor against much larger schools because of his vision, drive and perseverance on the travel team circuit.  His proudest moment was when Tiffany’s Silex Lady Owls basketball team won the State Basketball Championship at Columbia in 2001.

Brown’s Processing also has been a long-time sponsor of KJFM Eagle 102 radio broadcasts of area sports for Silex and Clopton Schools. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sports Programs in either Silex High School Athletics  or Clopton High School Athletics c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory of Lincoln and Pike Counties.  

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