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Raymond Brown

d. October 8, 2018

Raymond Brown, age 101, of Cantrall, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by his family.

Raymond was born March 10, 1917 in Cantrall, IL the son of Earl and Lucy Brown.

He survived by his son, Jack (Donna) Brown of Cantrall, two grandchildren; Eric (Brenda) Brown of Cantrall, Tamara (Ken) Barba of Bloomington, IL; six great grandchildren; Jacob, Rachel, Maxwell, Madison, Megan and McKenna; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Raymond is preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Margaret and one son, Jim Brown.

Raymond worked for Allis Chalmers and Sears.

He is a member of the Athens Christian Church.

Raymond enjoyed woodworking, beekeeping and spending time with his family.

Visitation for Raymond will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 10-11 AM at the Athens Christian Church. Services will immediately follow at 11 AM at the Athens Christian Church.

Rev. Ken Gennicks will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorials can be given to the Athens Christian Church Building Fund.


  1. R.I.P. Raymond

  2. One special person who will never be forgotten.

  3. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers are with the family.

  4. So sorry we have alot of memories of growing up. The girls were so happy to call him “grandpa”

  5. He and Aunt Margaret were such a special part of my childhood and adult life. We will miss him. Love you Uncle Raymond.

  6. Our dear Raymond was always a part of our family and will always be. He always had a tinkle in his eye and love in his heart.

  7. A truly genuine and caring man. I will miss him.

  8. Raymond was a remarkable man. As a friend of Jim and Jack, I often visited them. He encouraged boys to be boys (swimming, baseball, hunting, working, 4-H, chores, bows and arrows, etc). Indelible are his smile, flat-top haircut, and extremely positive attitude. Raymond always looked forward to getting a grip on his next project or solving a problem. I visited with Margaret and Raymond a few times when I was home for family reunions. They were a wonderful couple. It was a gift last summer, that with Jack and Donna, I met with Raymond to talk about his ancestors. I have been working on my story of “Old Cantrall” and Raymond provided critical information of the settlers who made it a special place. He is a descendant of Levi Cantrall (our town’s namesake) who in 1819 was the first settler north of the Sangamon River. His connection to this rugged and industrious pioneer, gives perspective to Raymond’s values and grit. May he Rest In Peace…he has earned a special place with the Lord.

  9. So long for now dear friend! It has been a blessing to be a small part of your life! We will miss you and until God calls the rest us all home we know you are in the greatest of hands, the hands of God! Enjoy the reunion with your many friends and family that went before you! See you on the glorious side when God calls!

    To the family of Raymond Brown, you are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Loving Respect;

    Mike and Mary Buttry

  10. To Raymond’s family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I had the pleasure of working with Ray for many years at Sears. He will be greatly missed at our reunions.

  11. To Jack, Donna and the entire Brown family:

    Mom (Vi Gentry) and I (Paula Gentry) and my daughter Polly grieve with you the loss of such a dynamic Christian man. We always enjoyed talking with Raymond and I know that my parents enjoyed Sunday School with you. Praise God that we will all be reunited with Raymond in the future. We will keep your family in our prayers.

    Paula, Vi and Polly Gentry

  12. When our loved ones fall asleep in death it can be very devasting. When we think about how certain species of trees can live over 100 + years. We may wonder why we as humans only have only an expectant life span of 70 or perhaps 80 years. Romans 5:12 explains why this is so. Isaiah 25:8 tells us that in his due time, Almighty God will swallow up death forever. He will restore life to many who have fallen asleep in death.

    Psalms 90:10
    John 5:28,29
    Psalms 37:29          

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