McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


November 4, 2011

Nathaniel “Big Bud” “Nappy” Brown

McALESTER — Nathaniel “Big Bud” “Nappy” Brown, 78, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at East Star Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Star Baptist Church in McAlester. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Crown Hill Funeral Home of Tulsa.

Born Aug. 4, 1933, in Adamson (Coals Chapel), he was son of John Allen Brown Sr. and Thelma Brown. The family moved to McAlester and he attended L’Ouverture High School.

He proudly served one year in the United States Navy Reserve and then enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge.

He met Rosetta Mills in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1958, and they were married July 19. They had three children. He had a 35-year career with General Motors. He was an esteemed member of United Auto Workers Local 1364 in Kansas City, Kan., Fairfax GM Plant and the American Legion.

He was a lifelong member of East Star Baptist Church, where he joined and accepted Christ at an early age. He was an active practicing deacon until his death from complications due to lung cancer.

He enjoyed his family, sports, fishing, traveling, boating, his farm and animals. He also enjoyed friends and life.

Survivors include three children, Larry Edwards Brown, Natasha Dorsanne Brown and Sonya Crystal Brown, all of McAlester, and a brother, Charles Brown.

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