Whitesburg KY

The passing of another American veteran, Iville Brown, U.S. Army

On a cold, snow afternoon of Tuesday, January 20, 2009, another one of our nation’s greatest generation was laid to rest. Iville Brown, son of Shade Brown and Nancy Melton Brown, was born November 14, 1917, on Dry Fork in Letcher County. He passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at his residence at Tye Bend, just outside of Barbourville, Knox County. Iville, a U.S. Army veteran, along with three of his brothers, Arthur Brown, U.S. Army, Hobart Brown, U.S. Army, and McKinley Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, served their country during World War II. All four soldiers were born on Dry Fork in Letcher County and survived the war. Also, their brother, William Henry Brown, had a son, William Lloyd Brown of Dry Fork, to fight in the war in the U.S. Navy. After the war, Iville worked for a few years in a factory in Ohio before returning to Barbourville to take care of his widowed mother. Iville never married but enjoyed his family coming to visit and stay with him in the old homeplace. He taught many a nephew and niece (not to mention great- and great-great-nephews and nieces) how to fish in the nearby Cumberland River. At the drop of a hat, he would drag his old flat-bottomed boat down to the river and help set trot lines and bush hooks. Besides fishing, he loved to raise cattle and tobacco. But his favorite pastime was to sit on his porch with relatives and friends, watching the world go by. One of his favorite topics was his family. He loved to hear stories regarding the descendants of his grandparents, William Ransom and Margaret Peggy Combs Brown and William and Kathryn Lewis Melton. Iville was preceded in death by his parents, Shade and Nancy Jane Brown; six brothers, William Henry Brown, Corbett Brown, Arthur Brown, Ernest Brown, McKinley Brown and Hobart Brown; as well as two sisters, Eunice Brown and Thelma Brown Zigos. One brother, Shade Brown Jr., and a host of other family survive him. The Hopper Funeral Home of Barbourville was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Faulkner Chapel Cemetery at Swan Pond in Knox County. The Knox County VFW provided a military escort and played ‘Taps.’

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