Raymond Brown

Posted Online: April 11, 2014, 5:36 pm
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Raymond E. Brown, 66, of Rock Island, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Greater Antioch Baptist Church, Rock Island, where visitation will be one hour before services Tuesday. Burial with military honors will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Arrangements are entrusted to Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island.
Raymond was born July 27, 1947, in Kingfisher, Okla., a son of Odell and Alma Harvey Brown. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Raymond was employed for more than 30 years at John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline. He retired in 1995. After his retirement, he worked at Family Dollar and Dollar General, both in Rock Island, and also at LaQuinta Inn and Suites.
He was a member of UAW Local 865 and the Disabled American Veterans. Raymond enjoyed cooking, barbecuing, bowling and sports.
Survivors include his children (and spouse), Raymond Glass, Tina (Kevin) Glass-Lewis and Corey Brown, all of Rock Island; grandchildren, LaKia Bassett, Tykarra Lewis, Alexis Lewis and Ava Brown; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Cora Atkins, Rock Island, Barbara Woods, East Moline, Linda (Levernal) Nicholson, Rock Island, Vernita Ross, Davenport, Juanita (Bernard) Lacey, Rock Island, and Darla King, Rock Island; brothers, Earl Wayne (Margaret) Brown, Kingfisher, Orville (Michelle) Brown, Las Vegas, Nev., Timothy (Mozella) King, Watonga, Okla., Erwin King, Bettendorf, Eric King, East Moline, and Richard King, Rock Island; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Raymond was preceded in death by his father, Odell Brown; mother, Alma N. Brown King; stepfather, Eugene King; brother, Herschel Brown; sister, Maggie Hill; and two nieces, Bettina Lacey and Rosalind Hoye.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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