Joel Thomas “Poppy” Brown
Joel Brown of Southport, FL passed away on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 surrounded by family in Panama City, FL. He was 63 years old.
Joel was born in Crestview, FL on Oct 4, 1958, the son of Joseph Henry Brown and Mozelle Brown (Fortner).
Joel graduated from Crestview High School, Class of 1976. The next year he joined the Army, and was always so proud of his service. After his military service he worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons until he retired. He later owned a maintenance company servicing the local Express Lanes.
Joel had a heart of gold, an infectious smile, and was loved by many. He loved to fish, garden and he could play any song on the guitar. He loved to just sit around and play the guitar. He was also an avid woodworker. He built many things, his specialty were clocks, jewelry boxes, and cedar chests. Joel was a family man, loved his family, friends, and his dog “Spud” dearly. He will truly be missed by many.
Joel was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Henry Brown; sister, Sharon Brown; nephew, Vince Brown; and granddaughters: Laken Phillips and Peyton Arbuthnot
Joel is survived by Glenda Brown of Lynn Haven, FL; his children: Lee (Sharon) Pippins of Southport, FL, Stacey Lee Garich of Southport, FL, Lynn Arbuthnot of Lynn Haven, FL and Kenny Joe (Maria) Brown of Southport, FL; his mother, Mozelle Fortner Brown of Baker, FL; two brothers: L.G. (Mary Sue) Brown of Oakdale, LA and Rodney (Bobbi) Brown of Headland, AL; two sisters: Rena (Dan) Sumner of Crestview, FL and Tosha (Jon) Gilley of Baker, FL; 14 grandchildren: Emily (Brian) Michael, Bradley ( Brittany), Ashden, Zack, Kayla (Austin) Hayle, Kaitlyn, Maddy, Robbie, Joel, Austin, Kylie, Brooklynn; 4 great-grandchildren: SummerLyn, Larche, Leighton, and Everly Rose; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
“A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service” will be held Monday May 2, 2022 at 6:00 PM at, Kent Forest Funeral Home (2403 Harrison Avenue,Panama City, Fl 32405) The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.Reverend Larry and Becky Owens will officiate.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 5/2/2022 at 05:50 PM, Central Standard Time.
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