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Johnnie Dawson Brown

Funeral services for Johnnie Dawson Brown were April 4 at Hale’s Memorial Chapel in Sulphur, with Pastor Willard McCartney Jr officiating. Interment, with full military honors from the United States Navy, followed at Drake Cemetery, south of Sulphur.
Brown was born March 4, 1943, in Orange County, Calif., to Doss and Imogene (Davis) Brown. He died on March 29, 2022, in Ardmore, at the age of 79 years and 25 days. Brown and the former Ms. Janice Lee Nickel were united in marriage on June 1, 1964, in California. She preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 2008.
Brown grew up in Orange County, Calif., where he and Janice met. He joined the United States Army and later the United States Navy, retiring from the Navy after 25 years of dedicated service to our country. During his time with the Navy, he served in the Vietnam Conflict and the Persian Gulf war. After retiring from the military, he worked as a correctional officer for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, retiring in 2014.
Survivors include one son, John Ruark of Sulphur; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Wanda “Bunny” Brown, Robin White and Marsha Smith; six brothers, Gary Brown, Michael Brown, Terry Brown, Wayne Brown, David Brown and Billy Hickman; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Services are entrusted to Hale’s Funeral Home, of Sulphur.
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