Brown, Virgil Leroy

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 Am to 12;00 pM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Lonedell, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the Franklin County Humane Society


Virgil Leroy Brown of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on March 2, 2019, having reached the age of ninety years, three months and eighteen days. Virgil was born in St. Clair on November 14, 1928, son of Eddie Willie Brown and Alma Anna Louise Brown nee Banderman. On October 22, 1949, he was united in marriage to Rosemary Cartwright and six children came to bless this union.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Rosemary Brown of St. Clair, MO; by his sons, Eddie Brown of St. Clair, Jim Brown and wife, Jean, of St. Clair, and Larry Brown of Union, MO; by one daughter, Denise Bliss and companion, Bob, of St. Clair; by one brother, Wayne Brown of St. Clair; by one sister, Alice Hildebrand and husband, Hank, of St. Clair; by five grandchildren, Jim Bliss and wife, Autumn, of St. Clair, Kate Bliss and companion, Paul, of St. Louis, MO, Amanda Galgay and husband, Clancy, of Boston, MA, Abby Bliss of St. Clair and Adam Brown of St. Clair; by six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Alma Brown; by two daughters, Pamela Kay Brown and Lynn Faye Brown; by one brother, Carl Brown, and by two sisters, Mildred Lawrence and Verna Bach.

Virgil was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as his Savior. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, entering January 22, 1947 and was honorably discharged on June 24, 1948 after sustaining an injury. After his discharge he began his career in residential construction. In 1973 he started his own company, Brown Construction, and worked it until he retired. He was an outdoorsman at heart and hunting and fishing were favorite pastimes. He enjoyed wildlife and watching and feeding the birds, deer and squirrels was another of his hobbies. He also enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. Piecing quilt tops and hand quilting them was another of his favorite pastimes and many are now treasured family heirlooms. What meant most to him was time spent with his family and the many precious memories they created will be remembered by them all.

A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 12:00 PM Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating. Interment was in Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society.