We mourn the loss of Rev. Brown

Our longtime secretary, Reverend Raymond E. Brown, passed away on October 30. We will miss him at our meeting next weekend. Here is his obituary as it appeared in the Indianapolis Star on November 4.

The Reverend Dr. Raymond E. Brown, 87, of Fishers, IN, passed away October 30, 2012. He was born May 25, 1925, in Little Rock, AR, to William Richard and Verlie Acklin Brown.
Ray attended Jarvis Christian College, where he received the Bachelor of Arts degree and was ordained into Christian Ministry. The Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree was conferred upon him by Jarvis in 1977.
Ray served the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as the first president of the National Convocation, Sr. VP of the Board of Church Extension, the first African American vice-moderator of the General Assembly, and as the interim president of the Division of Homeland Ministries.
Ray is survived by his wife, Suzanne; children, Thomas (Sheila), Raymond L. (Rochelle), Cerise (James), Ronald, Denola (Phillip), Michael (Debra), Terry (Gwen) and Cynthia; brothers, Robert (Doris) and John Allen (Chris); eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Ray will be held Friday, November 9, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at Downey Avenue Christian Church, 111 S. Downey Ave., with family visitation from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Downey Avenue Christian Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel.