Ray Winton Brown
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Ray Winton Brown
  • February 2, 1926 - August 24, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Ray Winton Brown, Sr., age 91, passed away on August 24th at his home in New Orleans. He was born to the late Brigadier General Robert Washington Brown and Georgia Ray Hamilton Brown in Little Rock AR. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Brown Kelly; brother, Robert Washington Brown, Jr. and his first wife, Eleonore Brace "Bracie" Brown. He was the beloved husband of Peggy Abshier Brown, and loving father of Georgia Ray Brown of Buena Vista, CO, Ginny Brown Lorber (Gus) of Charlottesville, VA and Ray Winton Brown, Jr. (Beth) of Austin, TX. Stepfather to Ashley Aparicio McDonald (Marc) of Nashville, TN and Nicolas Raymond Aparicio (Bea) of Tampa, FL; known as "Padar" to his grandchildren Jean Lorber (Anne), Taylor Lorber, Austin Brown (Fiona), Vaughn Brown, Marigny McDonald and Evan Aparicio; and to his great grandson, Joseph Lorber. After several moves, his family settled into the Washington, DC area. He attended the University of Virginia where he earned the nickname "All-The-Way-Ray" due to his prowess as a running back for the Cavaliers. He excelled in various sports, served as president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, was inducted into several honorary organizations, including the Z Society, and received a BA in History. After graduating, he had a brief coaching career at Davidson College. He moved with his family to New Orleans in 1956 where he began a more than fifty year long career in the insurance industry, first with Connecticut General then with Standard Mortgage Insurance Agency where he served as President until his retirement in 2014. Throughout his life, Ray remained an avid supporter of his beloved UVA, working with the Alumni Association in recruiting dozens of students. He was a life-long athlete and member of the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club and the New Orleans Country Club where he enjoyed decades of playing bad golf with good buddies, affectionately known as "The Blue Bloods". He was a devoted Saints fan and Tulane Basketball Booster. He was also a member of the Stratford Club and served on the Metropolitan Crime Commission. He was a stranger to no one, always quick to shake a hand, listen to a story and share a joke. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered as a loving and loyal husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Saturday, September 9th at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com. The family would like to express gratitude to Diane Causey for her many years of devotion to the Brown family and to Passages Hospice for the support and comfort they delivered. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UVA scholarship fund at www.giving.virginia.edu or to the Louisiana SPCA.