Judge Gerald Parker Brown

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Judge Gerald Parker Brown

Judge Gerald Parker Brown, 94, of Paragould, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at his residence.

Judge Brown was born August 19, 1920, in Clay County, Ark., to the late Jessie and Hazel (Parker) Brown. He graduated from Greenway High School and attended Draughons Business College. Afterward he worked as a bookkeeper for the Swift and Company, Lake Charles, La., until World War II started. He served in the United States Marine Corps from January 1942 to January 1946 in the South Pacific Theater. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with high honors from the University of Arkansas in 1949 and received a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Arkansas in 1951. He was associate editor of the law review from 1949 to 1951; was awarded Phi Beta Kappa certificate in 1949 from the University of Arkansas; was President of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; Vice was President of Phi Alpha Theta History Fraternity in 1948 and served as President of Law School Student Body in 1950. He was a practicing attorney in Paragould, from 1951-1975 practicing in the law firm of Kirsch, Cathey and Brown; later Cathey, Brown, Goodwin & Hamilton; He was President of the Paragould Kiwanis Club in 1957 and Commissioner of Youth Baseball Program in Paragould 1956-60 during which period the Labor Park Little League Program was constructed. Was President of Greene County Bar Association in 1960; President of Greene-Clay County Bar Association in 1961; President of the Northeast Arkansas Bar Association in 1963 and member of the House of Delegates, Arkansas Bar Association 1972-76. Served as Chancery Judge, Second Judicial Circuit 1975-76 and Circuit Court Judge, Second Judicial District, 1977-87. He was chosen by Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association as Outstanding Trial Judge in 1978; in 1995 he was honored as Founder of Adult Probation Program for Second Judicial District; in 1997 honored by Arkansas Judicial Council for Outstanding Community Service; 1998 awarded Lifetime membership in Greene County-Paragould Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Community Service and in 1998 was chosen as Citizen of the Year

by the Paragould Rotary Club for Outstanding Community Service. He served on the Board of Trustees of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center from 1952-1999, five of which as Chairman. In 2010 he was the Grand Marshal for the Paragould Christmas Parade and in the same year wrote a book "The Clod Hoppin Judge". He was a member of the Young Men's Bridge Club.

Judge Brown was very proud that he initiated the practice of public prayer, filling food orders at the Witt House Food Pantry, had a leading role in restoring the old (1888) Greene County Courthouse from 1993-2010.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Madeline Helton and one brother, Donald Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Lottie Brown of the home; sisters, Reba Henson and Mildred Brown of Piggott, Ark.; sons, Ronald Brown of Purcellville, Va., Cliff Brown of Jacksonville, Ore.; daughter, Bunny Lee of Paragould. Grandchildren, Lisy McKinnon, Emily Lee and Anna Caroline Lee; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Edward McKinnon.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Fleming officiating. A private family burial will follow the service.

The family request that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Witt House, P.O. Box 667, Paragould, Ark. 72450.

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