Death of CBC's first Student


Kenneth Ray Brown of Conway passed away December 
12, 2013, at Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home in 
Russellville, Arkansas. 
He was born September 7, 1929 in Caldwell, Arkansas to 
the late James David Franklin (JD) Brown and Arval 
Allison (Allie) Hughes Brown. He was an ordained 
minister and was a member of Central Baptist Church of 
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie Wooten 
Brown. He is also survived by his two daughters Sandra 
(Steve) Francis of Jackson, MO and Judy (Thom) South of 
Conway, AR, 4 grandsons: Matt (Melondy) Francis of 
Salisaw, OK, Mark Francis of Perryville, MO, Ben (Amy) 
South of Conway, AR, Brett (Carissa) South of Moore, 
OK, 9 Great-grandchildren: Gunnar Cooper, Cassandra 
Francis, Gracie Francis, Shelby Francis, Skylar Francis, 
Samara Francis, Connor South, Claire South and 
Christopher South and 1 great-great-grandson, Gavin 
He was also preceded in death by his brothers Tommy Lee 
Brown, Allison Brown and Forrest Brown of Caldwell, 
AR and Wendell Brown or Forrest City, and his sisters 
Louise Brown Harris of Caldwell and Allyne Brown Wood of West Helena, AR. 
Kenneth graduated from Forrest City High School in 1947. He graduated from Capital City Business 
School in Little Rock and in 1952 enrolled as the first student at Central Baptist College in Conway. He 
would return to CBC to serve as the chair of the history department. He retired from teaching after 40 
years at the college. 
Bro. Brown served as pastor of Irvin Memorial (Grace) Baptist Church in Russellville, Antioch Baptist 
Church in Conway, Needs Creek Baptist Church in Greenbrier and Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in 
Greenbrier. In addition to this he served as the interim pastor at several other churches in central 
He was known for his masterful story-telling as much as his knowledge of history. While his stories are 
missed here, we are confident he has new, glorious stories to tell now. 
A celebration of his life will be held at Central Baptist Church in Conway on Monday, December 16, 
2013, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Crestlawn Memorial Park. Family visitation will be Sunday, 
December 15, 2013, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway. 
Memorials may be made to the Kenneth Brown Endowed Scholarship Fund at Central Baptist College in 
Conway or to Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home. 
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