Paul J. "Bud" Brown, Jr.

May 12, 1922January 8, 2013

Paul J. "Bud" Brown Jr., 90, of Decatur passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born in Morgan County to Paul and Evelyn Brown. Mr. Brown was an Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of five Bronze Stars. He was a lifelong resident of Decatur and member of First United Methodist Church. Mr. Brown's family was the first family of undertakers in Morgan County, opening Calvin Brown Undertakers and Embalmers in 1855. Until his illness, as of this month, he was still taking care of the deceased of Morgan County.

Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha Kilgore Brown; and his sister, Peggy Fite. He is survived by his sons, Calvin J. Brown and his wife, Judy, and Jeffrey L. Brown, and his wife, Bebe; four grand- children, Julia Brown, Paul J. "Pete" Brown III, Jordan Brown and Carlton Brown.

Funeral service will be Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Sandra Locke Godbey, Reverend Dr. Rudy Guess and Reverend Dr. Kenneth A. Dunivant officiating. Burial will follow in Decatur City Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Pete Brown, Pete Fite, Larry Fite, Gerald Newsom, Pat Hennessy, Kenneth Thomas, Dick Wilder, Doug Hamilton, Tommy Loyd, Martin Agnew and Paul Stanley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Bolan, Bill Fite, Drew Stanley, Peter Wasmer and Reverend Dr. Terry Greer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church.


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2013

Paul J. "Bud" Brown, Jr.

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Angela Turner

January 16, 2013

I was deeply saddened to learn of Bud's passing. He and my father had been friends for many years and I have fond childhood memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

Tommy Cole

January 13, 2013

Calvin and family,

Saddened to learn of your Dad's passing. I have fond memories of both your parents from when we were in high school. I pray that God may comfort you all in knowing the impact he had on so many lives through the years.

Billy Perry

January 13, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

January 13, 2013

So sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Please accept our condolences.
We have been out of town and could not be there for the service. We loved Bud and enjoyed being with him and your Mom at "The FD Conventions".
Don and Faye

January 12, 2013

Calvin, Judy and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.
Brad, Celeste, Hunter & Alex Smith

January 12, 2013

With the passing of Bud Brown, north Alabama has lost both a fine community leader and great friend. It is probably no exaggeration to say that he and my father, their paths crossing naturally because of being a longtime Decatur minister, probably worked together on literally several hundred funerals. More than once over the years, I heard Dad say: "Bud knows how to do it right." By that he meant a grieving family could rest assured Bud Brown would conduct their loved one's memorial service with professionalism, kindness, promptness, and dignity. Such leadership traits are increasingly rare, yet Bud's example and legacy will continue to inspire us in the years ahead. Please know of our prayers and sympathy during this sad time, and that our family already misses him, too.

Mark Ray
Tommy and Lori Ray
Ann (Mrs. Joe D.) Ray

Linda Hall

January 11, 2013

Calvin and judy so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Martha Maples

January 11, 2013


I am so sorry that I won't be able to be there today, and so sorry about the loss of your dad, I know from everything I've heard he was a great man and my heart goes out to you and your family as I know the feeling of that loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers today, the earth may have lost a wonderful soul but Heaven has gained a guardian angel to watch over you. My love to your family.

David and Linda Peek

January 11, 2013

Calvin and Jeffrey. David and I were saddened to hear of your father's death. He was a wonderful man and I know you will miss him. We are thinking of you and your families. Linda and David Peek

Steve Smith

January 11, 2013

Calvin and Jeffrey: I wish I could be there for Bud's service today. He is a special man and I am so proud to have known him. Many fond front porch memories! Thoughts and prayers are with you guys.