CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Ernest "Buddy" Brown, 77, formerly of Wyatt, died at 3:23 a.m. April 23, 2005, at the St. Francis Medical Center.
Born July 23, 1927, in Mississippi County to the late Emory Ernest and Rosa Baugh Brown, he lived most of his life in Wyatt and managed the McKesson Wholesale Drug Co. in Cairo, Ill., until 1979. Moving to Atlanta, he continued his career with the McKesson Atlanta Division, retiring in 1993 after 46 years of service.
On May 23, 1964, he married Ruth Barnes of West Frankfort, Ill., who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Ernest "Ernie" and Winona Brown of East Prairie; one daughter, Sherry Brown of Memphis; three sisters, Gladys Sevic, Glenna Taylor and Betty Sue Brown of Wyatt; four grandchildren and two grandchildren-in-law, Kristi and Derick Tripp of Cape Girardeau, Kip Brown of Jackson, Kasey and Joey Cogdill of East Prairie and Misty Brown Montgomery of St. Louis; and eight great-grandchildren, MaKayla Brown, Kip Brown Jr., Bo Brown, Libby Cogdill and Kennedy Cogdill of East Prairie, and Kaleb Brown, Zachary Brown and Taylor Brown of Cape Girardeau.
One sister, Florence Carr, and his first wife, Opal Sullivan Brown, preceded him in death.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston with the Rev. Chris Wise, pastor of the Wyatt Methodist Church, and the Rev. Max Samples of West Frankfort, Ill., officiating.
Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kip Brown, Steve Gordon, Glen Nunn, Bart Carr, Larry Quade and Gary Adkisson.