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Arthur Brown

September 1, 1942 — January 31, 2018

Arthur Anthony “Bo” Brown, age 75 of Shawneetown, IL passed this life, January 31, 2018 surrounded by his family in Harrisburg Medical Center after an extended illness.

Bo as most knew him was born in Bessemer, AL on September 1, 1942 to the late Philip and Lottie (Lyles) Brown.  He graduated high school in Alabama in 1960 and went to the Army, where he served his country proudly in the 101st Airborne for 3 years.  In 1962 he married Bonnie Jean (Emery) who preceded him in death in 1996.  In 2002 he married Deborah (Fals) Brown who survives.

Bo had worked most of his life in the Coal Mines, from Peabody to Island Creek and retiring from Kerr McGhee.  He had also worked for the City of Shawneetown for many years and run a Welding shop at his home.  He loved to socialize, ride his motorcycle and his real love, boating, spending many hours on the Ohio River.

He was a member of the Shawneetown American Legion, the Eldorado VFW, the UMWA, the Equality #2 Masonic Lodge, and was a Shriner.  He was always fun to be around and will be missed by many.

He survived by his wife, Deborah Brown of Shawneetown, his son, Michael (Julie) Brown of Dale, IL, son, John (Stanya) Cox of Shawneetown, Shelly (Doug Forrest) Cox of Shawneetown and Liz (Michael) Patrick of Mt. Vernon, In. 10 grandchildren, Jeradon, Peyton, Christa, Bryanna, Kaitlyn, Raleigh, Anthony, Emma, Lily, and Logan and 1 great grandchild, Ryleigh Layne, his sister, Gail (Jack) Massey of Bessemer, AL, Nephew, Bob Brunson, Niece, Robin Brunson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Bonnie, and a stillborn son, Mark Anthony.

Visitation for Bo will be on Sunday, February 4, 2018 fro 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown.  Masonic rites will be accorded starting 3:45 PM at the funeral home by the Equality Masonic Lodge.  A graveside service with military rites will be held at a later date.

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