Carlton Ralph Brown
Carlton Ralph Brown
  • November 23, 1928 - August 17, 2017
  • Rienzi, Mississippi

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Carlton Brown

Carlton (Carl) Ralph Brown, of Rienzi, (formally Rockford, Il) died at 1:53 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 in his home following cardiac arrest. Born Nov. 23, 1928, in Zion, IL, son of Mabel (Neal) and Russel Brown, he was raised by his grandparents, Dale and Virginia Neal, of Zion, IL. Carl graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School, and following Army service, 1946-48, he attended Lake Forest College. He married Betty Marlene Studebaker in Zion in 1951, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism in 1952. He then served two more years as an officer with the Army Signal Corps, his final assignment in Korea.

Carl's first newspaper job was with The Southern Illinoisan at Carbondale. A Rockford resident for 55 years, he was a reporter, editor and columnist for The Rockford Morning Star, The Register-Republic and The Register Star. In the 1980's, he was among those trained to convert the newspapers to computerization. Carl was a member of the founding board for Rockford's Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and was among those pounding nails in house number eight. He was a tutor in Rockford's literacy program for 14 years. He was ordained deacon and elder of Third Presbyterian Church where he taught in the church school.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons Scott (Kris) Brown and William (Sarah) Brown and daughter Melanie (Edward) Kuligowski; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren: sister Donna (Dave) Jasper of Plano, TX and many nieces and nephews. Grandchildren include; Jillian (Jake) Wolfe, Andrew Brown, RJ Kuligowski, Andrea (Bill) Rose, Karen Jo (Tom) Burbank, Sandra (Tony) Nguyen, Molly Brown and Liam Brown.

Celebration of Life service will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Biggersville, MS.

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Arrangements under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home, Corinth, Mississippi.