James Wesley Brown departed his earthly home in Grayson, Kentucky to meet his Lord and Savior on May 1, 2022, at the age of 77. Wes, the youngest son of James Arthur Brown and Nellie Conley Brown, was born in Honeywell, Kentucky on his mother’s birthday in 1944. Wes was very active in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) community throughout his high school career. His interest, love, and respect for farm life and tractors inspired him to eventually serve as Chapter President of the FFA. Wes graduated from Wurtland High School in 1964. After 43 years of service, Wes retired from CSX Railroad. He began his career at the Raceland shop and ended his career at the Huntington, WV paint shop. He greatly enjoyed his work and comradery with his co-workers. After retirement, Wes enjoyed traveling to his daughter’s home in Michigan. He and Opal’s travels took them to Tennessee with his sister, Eileen, and brother-in-law, Jim Lewis. Wes also treasured his many great conversations and laughs with his coffee drinking buddy, Don Griffith. Wes was a kind, humble man and a pure gentleman. He was a good, Christian man who would help you in any way he could. His quick wit and belly-rolling laugh will be greatly missed. Wes is survived by his devoted wife, Opal Caskey Brown, his loyal and loving daughter, Sharon (Doug) Raburn, stepsons Ben, Gary, & Homer Caskey and stepdaughter, Mary Seagraves. He is also survived by Michael Brown, Wendy (Louie) Phillips, Lori (Brian) Jackson, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and mother-in-law Elva Caskey among many more loving family members. In addition to his parents, Wes was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Sherry) Brown, sisters, Eileen Lewis, Juanita Hudson, Kathryn Cameron-Smotherman and brother, Henry Brown.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Riffe, minister. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Lewis and Don Griffith. Pallbearers are Ryan Cavanaugh, Jarrad Schantz, Gary Caskey, and Homer Caskey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101. To send a condolence or memory of Wes, please visit www.malonefuneralhome.com.
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