M.V. "Johnny" Brown

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

M.V. "Johnny" Brown, 93, of Cassville, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Cassville. He was born Aug. 17, 1921, son of Orby and Clara (England) Brown, in Wheaton. He was united in marriage to Ava Leigh Rhea and to this union three children were born; she preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 1994. He was employed by Kansas City Power and Light and retired on Sept. 1, 1976, after 30 years of service. Following retirement, he purchased a small farm in Exeter. On Jan. 17, 1995, he was united in marriage to Marie (Padgett) Simmons in Miami, Okla., and she survives. They sold their farm and moved to Cassville. He was a member of the Community Faith Chapel in Cassville. Additional survivors include: one daughter, Carolyn Harper, of Rogers, Ark.; two sons, David Brown and his wife. Theresa, of Lee's Summit, and Tim Brown and his wife, Leesa, of Blue Springs; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters, and one grandson.

Funeral services were held Thursday at White Funeral Home with Pastor Doyle Russell officiating. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cassville Senior Center and entrusted to White Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.