Billy Ray Brown, 70, of Natural Dam passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at his home. He was a brick mason and farmer for more than 50 years. He was a lifelong resident of Natural Dam and a graduate of Cedarville High School Class of 1961. He attended Independence Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and 10 brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Independence Freewill Baptist Church in Natural Dam with burial at Hall Cemetery in Natural Dam under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by one sister, Ella Ross of Van Buren; one brother, Jimmy Brown and wife Janelle of Natural Dam; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will visit with relatives and friends one hour prior to service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Doug Ross, Danny Ross, Billy Mike Richmond, Randall Richmond, Dwight Jackson, Phillip Whitehurst, Steve Wesley, Ryan Brown and Jeff Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Shelley, Roy Lee Pannell, Roger Campbell, Ricky Lane, Brian Shores, Ray Tudor, Ronnie Cook, Jackie Faulk, Richard Emberton, Kenny Emberton and Jason Baker.

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