William "Bill" Brown, 71, of Jackson, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Jackson Medical Center. He was born in Grove Hill on April 21, 1950. He was a devoted, active member of Antioch Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and music director. He retired from Olin Chemical after 43 years of service, ten of those years as the president of the IAM Union. He was also a member of the Santa Fe Masonic Lodge in Jackson and a member of the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a fan of The University of Alabama football program.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Tollie Brown, Sarah Reeves Brown and brothers, James "Jim" Brown and Ronnie Brown.
He is survived by his wife, Susan "Susie" Brown; children, Amy (Michael) Wathen, Angela "Sissy" (Bobby) Smith, Sarah Nicholson, Elizabeth (Allen) Lingerfelt, Tyler Brown; grandchildren, Jenna Wathen, Peyton Wathen, Kris Nicholson, Seth Smith, Samuel Smith, Sawyer Smith, John Allen Lingerfelt, Isaac Lingerfelt; great-granddaughter, Cora Ruth Brown; brothers, Michael (Sallie) Brown, Gene (Belinda) Brown and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Chancey and Josh Deas officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the church and again an hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be in the church cemetery with Lathan Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers will be Keith Harrell, Travis Overstreet, Daniel Ganus, Thomas Anderson, Jonathan McClendon, Jeff Overstreet, Carson Brown, Edward Brown, Wesley Williamson, Cole Alford, Glen Brannon and Walt Richardson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Brown, Michael Brown, Mike Wathen, Allen Lingerfelt, Bobby Smith, Joe Jackson, Tyler Brown, Antioch Volunteer Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Attn: Nancy Parquette, 71 Antioch Rd., Grove Hill, AL 36451 or Pilots for Christ, P.O. Box 707, Monroeville, AL 36461.
Condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhome.com.