Billy Ray Brown, 64, of Soddy Daisy, TN, passed away September 12, 2020 of a brief illness. He was the sixth child of Malcolm and Beulah Brown. He attended Daisy Elementary, Soddy Daisy Jr., Soddy Daisy High School and graduated in 1974 from H.C.O.T.C High School in Hamilton County, where he was voted “Senior Boy with the Best Personality”.
Billy had worked at Adcox Kirby Chevrolet, Worley Construction, Burner Systems International, and Dupont.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Lester and Allie Reel and Alph and Damaris Brown; mother of his children, Deborah Reno Brown; grandson, Nathaniel Brown; sisters-in-law, Sara Brown, Mary Katherine “Pud” Brown, Sharon Kelley Brown, Patricia Manghane; and brother-in-law, Jack Ammonds.
Survivors are his loving wife, Teresa “Tina”; daughter, Crystal Gail; sons, Billy G. (Beau), Patrick (Holly) and Michael (Tasha); step daughter, Wendy (Phil) Heald; stepson, Andy DeFur; grandchildren, Korbyn, Brooklyn, Austin, Trinity, Shianna, Elizabeth, Alexander, Leah, Mia, Thompson, Calvin, and Samantha; and great grandchildren, Sebastian, Lyanna, Colson, and Elyza.
He is also survived by his loving siblings, Willis Brown, Herbert (Pat/ Patsy) Brown, Wayne (Sharon) Brown, Brenda (Ronnie) Fitts, Carolyn (Mike) Eddings; aunts, Bernice Reel, of Chattanooga and Loretta Reel of Texas; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his church family and friends whom he loved dearly.
Billy was raised at the foot of Montlake Mountain in Soddy Daisy, where his childhood was full of adventures. He loved nature, animals, and the simple things in life. He liked to hunt, fish, swim, and collect arrowheads. He received an award for horseshoe pitching.
Billy was kind and had friends from all walks of life. He took his time in talking to people and inviting them to church. He keyed in on people’s needs and either helped or connected them with someone who could help. He was a “Jack of all Trades”. He could rig just about anything that was beyond repair.
After his first wife passed in 2001, Billy met and married Tina who assisted him in caring for his bedridden daughter and younger sons. He and Tina attended Straightway Holiness Church until his recent illness. They played important roles in the church under the leadership of Rev. Aaron Simmons (deceased) and his son, Rev. Troy Simmons. They were strong prayer warriors.
Billy lived life to its fullest. It is not how you start the race but how you finish. He would tell you today that the last 15 years of his life were the most rewarding as he faithfully trusted and served the Lord.
Psalm 116:15- Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints.
The family will receive friends and loved ones from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the funeral home. Services will follow in the funeral home chapel at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Troy Simmons presiding. Burial will follow at Granny Walker Cemetery.
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Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.
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