Billy Ray Brown, 84, of Amarillo, TX passed from this life on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 8:15 pm with his loving family by his side.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Amarillo Chapel, 2800 Paramount, with Jeff Messer officiating. A private family burial service will follow at Dumas Cemetery, Dumas, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bill was born on May 12, 1934 in Arp, TX, to Oscar Lee and Crissie Victoria Brown. He grew up in the Dumas, TX area and later served our country in the United States Navy stationed in California and Guam. During this time, he also married his sweetheart Juanell Kitchen on May 1, 1956 in Clayton, NM. After the completion of his active duty, Bill and Nell returned to Dumas and lived there for many years raising three children. Bill and Nell were married for 61 wonderful years. While living in Dumas, Bill worked at Southwestern Public Service – Moore County Plant, advancing through the ranks from yard maintenance to the position of Asst. Plant Manager. Bill’s faith and church were extremely important to him. He was ordained as a deacon in 1978 at Calvary Baptist Church. He was a strong Christian man and shared his faith and belief with his family and friends through his walk and life of service. After moving to Amarillo in 1982, Bill continued to work at Southwestern Public Service (Xcel Energy) as an NDT Supervisor up to his retirement in 1995. Bill also served as a deacon at Southlawn Baptist Church and Second Baptist Church in Amarillo. Bill was a member of Second Baptist Church at his passing.
After his retirement, Bill was an active volunteer at BSA Hospice. He received the honor of being named the volunteer of the year for his many hours of volunteer work for hospice and its patients. Bill was an avid woodcarver and created many carvings that are cherished by his family. Bill was a very humble man and loved his wife and family dearly. Family vacations were a highlight for him and his family. In his later years, he spent most of his time joyfully being the primary caregiver for his wife as she struggled with many health-related issues before her passing last December. The family takes great comfort in knowing that Bill was ready to go to heaven to see Jesus and Nell. In fact, the day before he passed, he told his family that tomorrow is going to be “hallelujah day”! When he decided it was time to go to heaven and see his Lord and Savior face-to-face, and be reunited with his bride, he went quickly and peacefully.
Called Bill, Billy Ray, Dad and Grandad, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. The loves of his life were Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, his devoted wife, Nell; his three children and their spouses, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jimmie Juanell Kitchen Brown; his father, Oscar Lee Brown; his mother, Crissie Victoria Capps Brown; two brothers, William Lester Brown and Oscar Lee “Buddy” Brown; and a sister, Opal Pauline Edmonson.
He is survived by daughter, Susan Brown and Judy of Lubbock; son Mike Brown and Stacey of Amarillo; daughter Karen Jeffers and Paul of Amarillo. Grandchildren Benjamin and Aidan Madura of Lubbock; Andrew Brown and Niki of Dallas; Matthew Brown and Zoey of Amarillo; Emily Jeffers and Makenna Jeffers of Amarillo. Two great-grandchildren: Sophie Jeffers and Gunner “Cheeto” Brown.
The family suggests any memorials be to BSA Hospice of the Southwest.