On June 4, 1951, the late Malcom Brown looked across the room at Edna (surviving) and said," There's my Skipper!" From that day forward, most would never know Skipper's given name was Ronald Keith Brown. Skipper grew up on the family farm with his sister Gayle (Tom Singletary) and graduated from Summerfield High School where he starred on the basketball and baseball teams. However, we all know his main interests revolved around shooting and catching anything that moves from the farm to Corney Lake.
Skipper married the love of his life Jane Clair Stevens Brown on August 4, 1972. Together, they lived throughout Mississippi, Texarkana, and southeast Arkansas before returning to Summerfield to retire and take care of the family land. Skipper and Jane would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
Skipper's two daughters Chrisanna Saums (Robert) and Averie Brown (Adam) were his pride and joy. While they were growing up, there were many nights in which the laughter of their friends filled the Brown's home.
After years of being surrounded by three women, Skipper was blessed with 5 grandsons, Christian (17), Jackson (14) and Walton (13) Saums along with Ross (11) Rhett (10) Brown. Skipper proudly helped each grandson kill their first deer and attended numerous sporting events throughout Arkansas and Mississippi supporting his grandsons.
Skipper was an active member of the Summerfield Baptist Church. Skipper served his community as a board member on the Summerfield Water Board and the Summerfield Cemetery Board.
On January 30, 2022, the Lord called Skipper home after a lengthy battle with Covid.
"....Don't you cry and don't you worry, I'm blessed and I know I am, 'cause God has a place in heaven for a small town southern man...."
Pallbearers were Christian Saums, Danny Rea, Darrell Pepper, Gary Morgan, Jack Bays, Mickey Brown, Ricky Rea, and Rodney Rea.
Honorary pallbearers were Buster Norris, Craig Spohn, David Hill, Denis Gaston, Doc Lee, Harold Stewart, Jerry Andrews, Jerry Brunson, Randy Walker, Tom Singletary and James Edward Scriber.
In lieu of flowers honoring Skipper, his family requests memorials be made to Summerfield Baptist Church, PO Box 203, Summerfield, LA.
Funeral services were held for Skipper at Weldon Baptist Church in Weldon, LA, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Johnie Adkins, officiating. Interment followed at Weldon Cemetery in Weldon, LA. The family received friends at the church on Wednesday from 10-11, prior to the service.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Homer Chapel (318) 927-6110