Joe Carlos Brown, 80 of Jackson died Nov. 9, 2012 at his residence.
He was born Oct. 22, 1932 in Century, Fla. to Ernest Thomas Brown Sr. and Jessie Lee Driskell Brown. He graduated Copiah Lincoln Junior College in Wesson in 1952 where he played both football and baseball. He graduated Mississippi Southern University with a BS in Biology. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity. After graduating from college he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
After military service, Mr. Brown taught school for one year at his alma mater, Flomaton High School where he served as assistant football coach and head basketball coach. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Pamela Nicholson, with whom he was happily married for over 48 years.
In 1961, Mr. Brown and his wife moved to Auburn where he graduated school from Auburn University with a degree in Pharmacy. Mr. Brown moved to Jackson and became owner and operator of Brown’s Pharmacy of Jackson from 1966 to 1998, where he will always be remembered for his many acts of kindness in helping many residents of Jackson.
Mr. Brown was an active civic leader in Jackson, serving as a member and past-President of the Jackson Civitan Club, where in 1990, he was recognized and awarded the Civitan Club’s “Citizen of the Year.” During his spare time he was very active in First United Methodist Church of Jackson, serving as a Sunday School Teacher for many years and a member of the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class. He enjoyed all types of sporting events and frequently attended games at Auburn University and University of Southern Mississippi. Locally, he was a sponsor of Dixie League Baseball for many seasons. Two of his favorite past times were playing basketball where he earned the title “Bloody Joe” for his aggressive play in the lane and riding his bike to work.
Mr. Brown will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Survivors include five children, Vicki Brown Hearn, Chatom, Andrew Joe (Donna) Brown, Gulfport MS, Richard David (Lynne) Brown, Jackson, Frank Nicholson (Mandy) Brown, Ruston LA, Susan Brown (Homer III) Sledge, Cleveland MS, his sister, Doris Brown Thompson of Flomaton, 12 grandchildren, Carrie Caylor, Corbin Jordan, Jack Caylor, Anna Hearn, Courtney Brown, David Brown, Alex Brown, Baylee Brown, R.J. Brown, Brett Brown, Maggie Helene Sledge, Homer Sledge IV; two great-grandchildren, Sully Ray Harris and Connor Harris.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pam, and his brother, Ernest Thomas Brown Jr.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 12, at First United Methodist Church with Revs. Jim DuFriend, Brady Baird and the Honorable Gaines McCorquadale officiating. Interment will be at Pine Crest Cemetery .
Active pallbearers will be Andy Brown, Dick Brown, Nick Brown, Jack Caylor, Warren Nicholson, and Tim Anderson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Baugh, Irwin Cooper, L.T. McMillan, Richard McMullan, Marion Savage, Walter Brooks, Calvin Syphrit, Al Dykeman, Paul South, Buster James, Jimmy Parker, Billy Allday, Howard Few, Frank Criswell and Alan Steele.
In honor of Mr. Brown, memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, Jackson, AL or United Methodist Children’s Home of Montgomery.
St. Stephens Funeral Home will direct.