L.D. Brown, 69, of Sapulpa, Okla., passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, in St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla.
He was born May 11, 1938, in Neosho, the son of Leslie E. and Nellie R. (Brazeel) Brown. On March 31, 1956, he was united in marriage to June Charles and to this union two children were born: Leslie Dale Brown, who preceded him in death and Debbie Yarnall, who survives, along with her husband, Jerry, of Cassville; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
On Nov. 4, 2006, in Eureka Springs, Ark., he married Jean Najera, who survives along with her children: Marty Najera of Sapula, Okla., and Lisa Wood of Bristow, Okla.; and four step grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, E.L. "Bud" Brown, of Exeter; one sister, Luma Dean Day, of El Dorado, Kan.
Besides his son he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lula Geene Cole.
He received his education at Washburn, graduating from high school in 1956. After living in Kansas City several years, he moved back to Exeter and started Brown's Farms and raised cattle. In 1971 he bought the Ford dealership and built a new building at the four-way stop, naming it Brown's Ford Sales, Inc. he helped build the Cassville Airport and the first hanger. In 1979 he purchased Farmers Livestock Auction, Inc. at Springdale, Ark., and a year later started his first trucking company, L.D. Brown and Associates, Inc., and Missouri Eastern Leasing, Inc. Four years later he bought his own authority, American Farmland, Inc. During that time he went to Sierra Leone, Africa, where he engaged in mining diamonds and traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, where his jewelry was designed and crafted, returning to Springdale, where he opened the Golden Nuggett Jewelry Store in Fayetteville. In 2003 he moved to Sapulpa, Okla.
He was a member of Mission Baptist Church, Washburn.
He served on the Exeter School Board, Maplewood Cemetery Association, had been a member of Cassville Rotary and Cassville Chamber of Commerce.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in Exeter First Baptist Church under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Jerry Yarnall conducted the services. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.
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