Lonnie Cole Brown, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at his home. He was born on Saturday, February 23, 1946 to Ala Edwin and Ellamae Morrison Brown in Alder Springs, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alfred Brown and James Wheat, and two sisters, Dorothy Davis and Ellamae Greene. Surviving with his wife Marilyn Brown of Mena are four sisters, Elizabeth Brewer of Mena, Sally (Marvin) Gentry of Mena, Connie (Johnnie) Johnson of Mena and Judy Stokes of Beach Island, South Carolina.
A graduate of Purdue University, Lonnie proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 14 years. After his service, he worked as an electrical engineer and computer programmer in California’s Silicon Valley, returning to Arkansas in 1986. He loved his family, his books, and his dogs, and enjoyed winemaking. He fostered many puppies for the humane society and always ended up keeping at least one puppy of every litter.
Although he sometimes claimed to be a Sufi, he actually adhered to secular humanism, a philosophy rooted in science, nature, and humanist ethics. After serving as weapons officer on a destroyer off the coast of Vietnam, he returned home vowing to never again kill a single living thing.
A memorial service will be held at a later time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas, P.O. Box 845, Mena, Arkansas.