Dale Otto Brown of Hawesville was born on August 13, 1936 in Vandalia, Illinois. He was a member of the Macon County Underwater Search and Recovery Team in Decatur, Illinois from 1963 to 1965. He retired from Southwire Rod & Cable Mill as an electrician after 29 years of service , then returned to work at Century Aluminum for several years before retiring and was a proud member of USW 9423.

Dale has answered two calls in his 85 years on this Earth. The first came in 1971 when he answered the call to become a messenger of God and was ordained a minister by Zion Baptist Church. The second calling he answered was when he surrendered the tenderest of spirits to God and joined the love of his life in heaven on August 8, 2022. Bro. Brown, as most people knew him, continued to deliver sermons from the pulpit of the little white church on Roseville Hill until a few months ago when he entered the hospital. Even though many of his last sermons were breathless, he was of the opinion that if the Lord called him home in the middle of a sermon, what better ending could he ask for. Dale could be counted among the most humble, patient and generous men. A soul in need could always find that their request never fell on deaf ears. Our hearts will remain broken today, but we take comfort in knowing that a much anticipated reunion has taken place in heaven.

Brother. Brown pastored Providence Baptist Church in Ohio County for 13 years and then Roseville Baptist Church for more than 30 years.

Dale was predeceased by his beloved wife, Sandra Brown.

He is survived by his five sons, Tony (Bambi) Brown of Hawesville, Monty Brown of Clark, Missouri, Chris Brown of Hawesville, Randy (Leslie) Brown of Sturgeon, Missouri and Eric (Cindy) Brown of Owensboro; grandchildren, Jamie Stephens, Ben Brown, Manda Brown, Misty Brown, Justin Brown, Haven Brown, Tim Brown, Crystal Bernardi, Tristan Halper, Nicole Brown, Aaron Brown, Bryanna Phillips, Sarah Brown, Kevin Brown and Catherine Brown; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Geary’s Funeral Home in Fordsville, open to all. A private funeral service will be held Thursday for the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to St. Jude or Kentucky Sunrise Children’s Services.

Condolences can be made at gearycares.com.

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