Memorial services for Vernon Ray “Vernie” Brown, 58 years, 11 months and 11 days will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at Randolph Funeral Home in Corydon. Officiating is Pastor Leroy Perkins. Visitation the family will greet friends at Randolph Funeral Home in Corydon on Thursday from 6–8 p.m. Interment will be in the Promise City Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers give memorials to the family.
Vernon Ray (Vernie) Brown was born Aug. 14, 1954 to Loyd and Ruth (Taylor) Brown in Centerville. He passed away from this life peacefully in his sleep on July 27, 2013 at his home in Promise City.
Vernon was raised in Seymour and attended Seymour Community Schools. As a teenager Vernon loved to drive “muscle” cars and hang around with his older brother Ricky and Ricky’s friends getting into all kinds of mischief but having lots of fun. During his teenage years Vernon began his long journey of hard work starting with putting up hay for area farmers, working at the Derby Gas Station in Seymour, and at The Neighborhood Tap in Seymour for Shorty Holmes. He worked at L&M Tire in Seymour, drove semis for Dick Parker, Marvin Leach, Oden’s Trucking, Johnson Tire and also drove rock trucks. He worked with Robert Merritt running the Conoco Station in Seymour and when Robert moved away Vernon managed it for him. In later years of his life Vernon worked with local farmers in the spring and fall. He worked for Ziggy’s and Rod’s Auto. He trained dogs with his brother-in-law Shawn Davidson, ran a bait route for Mason Blizek, worked for Blyzo Fish Farms and also lent a hand to his brother-in- law Galen Lunsford at Lunsford Auto until the time of his death.
Vernon worked in law enforcement for the majority of his life and began that career as the Seymour Marshall in the 1970’s. He then went on to become a deputy sheriff at the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and lastly at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office where he was also Chief Deputy and a K-9 officer. All in all, his law enforcement career spanned 27 1/2 years. He also volunteered with the Seymour Fire Department and as a First Responder for some time.