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Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home

1420 North Main St., China Grove, NC

OBITUARY

Donald "Ray" Brown

December 15, 1958November 18, 2019
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Mr. Donald “Ray” Brown, age 60 of Salisbury went home to be with his Lord and Savior in the early hours of Monday, November 18, 2019 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born December 15, 1958 in Iredell County to the late Thomas Preston Brown and Mary Benfield Brown and was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. He was of Baptist faith and was called to serve the Lord by preaching the Word of God. He proudly served his country in the US Army for over 20 years. After his service, he worked many years for E.F. Belk and Son Electrical Contractors and truly loved his job.

Ray was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who lived a life to serve. He always willing to help others, he was a faithful and dedicated man who loved his family, especially his grandchildren dearly. Ray loved his job, loved the outdoors, was an avid rabbit and deer hunter, and enjoyed fishing. He loved his nine beagles, which were his rabbit hunting dogs. He had a passion for cooking and loved preparing meals not only for his family but loved to share with everyone. He was a true giving soul.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 38 years, Sherry; his son, Zacharay (Rudy) Brown and wife, Kayla and his daughter, Jacqueline Merwin and husband, Nicholas. He also leaves behind his brothers, Red Brown, John Brown, Thomas Brown and Billy Brown and sisters, Bonnie McCullin, Peggy Simpson, Evelyn Bailey, Mae Smith and Edith Kurfrees. He lovingly leaves behind his grandchildren, Hunter Merwin, Silas Brown and Titas Brown, who were so precious to him.

Visitation for Ray will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home officiated by Pastors Richie Honeycutt and Ron Young. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park immediately after the funeral service. Online condolences may left for the family at www.linn-honeycutt.com. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home of China Grove is serving the family of Mr. Brown.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Military Burial with Honors Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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Allen price

November 21, 2019

I served with Ray in Mooresville. He was a very dedicated man not only to his service but more importantly to his family and his God. As Christians our ultimate goal never wavers it is to live in paradise with our savior. Ray has made it. You will be missed.

Misty Riccoboni

November 19, 2019

Uncle Ray always knew how to put a smile on your face with the many, many jokes he would share with us. Family was everything to Uncle Ray. He will always be remembered.
My love and prayers are with Sherry, Rudy, and Jac.
May Peace Be With You!!!
Misty

Lori Tilley

November 18, 2019

I have known brother Ray for many years and even got the chance to worship with him and his family. Every time I hear the song Surly goodness and Mercy I think I brother Ray. Praying for his good family!

Lora Hamilton

November 18, 2019

Mr. Ray allowed me to be a part of his family when I was growing up. He and his family always welcomed me with love and open arms. I will always remember him joking and laughing with us. The Browns allowed me a seat at their table for family game nights, dinners, holidays, birthdays and life. They are wonderful people with beautiful hearts, and I am forever grateful for them. Mr. Ray loved and cared for his family, and I am blessed that God placed such beautiful and kind hearts in my life. I will always cherish the memories I have with my second family!
Love you Mrs. Sherry, Jacqueline, Rudy and all of your family!
Love you Ray, see ya again some day!
Love,
Lora Hamilton

Margaret Goldin

November 18, 2019

Ray was always cracking jokes and making the kids laugh. He will be missed by MANY. I spent a lot of years at baseball fields with him. Rest well Ray. - Zingers Mom

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