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Robert Andrew “Randy” Brown, 57, of Lanett, Alabama, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 17 at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by his loving family and friends. Randy was born in Langdale, Alabama on December 14, 1953, the third of four children born to David Lee Brown and Mattie Frances Pepper. He was preceded in death by parents, his sister, Jennifer Diane Brown, his brother, Jimmy Lee Brown and his nephew, Phillip Wayne Buchanan, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Amanda Sherrer Brown, two children, Ramona (Dustin) Hughes of Panama City, Florida and David (Susanna) Brown of Louisville, Kentucky, grandsons Charles Wheeler Brown, Thomas Andrew Hughes, Thomas Young Brown and William Alexander Hughes. He is also survived by his loving sister, Debbie (Phillip) Buchanan, sisters-in-law, Melanie Brown, Teresa Sherrer, Linda Colley and Melissa Smith, nieces, Natalie Eldridge, Della Cheeney, and Lauren Buchanan, nephews Mitchell Brown and Lee Colley and a host of loving cousins, extended family and friends.

A life-long resident of Lanett, Randy graduated from Lanett High School and served briefly in the United States Navy. He then served for 26 years at Lanett Fire and EMS as a firefighter-paramedic, often risking his life to protect life and property in his community. He joined the Lanett Fire Department in 1974 as a firefighter. In 1982, he was promoted to Captain and became one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) in the area. He completed paramedic training at Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC) and graduated from Chattahoochee Valley Community College with a degree in Fire Science. He also graduated from the Northeast Alabama Police Academy at Jacksonville State University as the “Top Gun” of his class and served the City of Lanett as Fire Marshall. He also attended the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and served as a faculty member at SUSCC, teaching the basic EMT course and CPR at a number of local high schools and businesses. He retired from the department in 2001 as Fire Chief. He also worked as a locksmith for a number of years with his friends Eddie Britt and Murray Roquemore. Randy devoted his life to the service of others and was happiest when he was helping his fellow man.

Randy was a devoted father and family man and was an avid Lanett High School Band Booster, faithfully running the concession stand at every home football game for ten years. He enjoyed camping at the lake, singing with his family and traveling across the country. He loved to cook for his family and friends and especially enjoyed riding motorcycles with his buddy, Randy Kimble. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Shawmut, where he sang bass in the choir.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20 at 11am at First Baptist Church Shawmut, Valley, Alabama. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 5-8pm at McCarthy Funeral Home in West Point, Georgia. In memory of Randy, flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73128-1718.                                     

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December 10, 2011
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2011-05-19 08:22:41This man, and family, was/are the true definition of character. I never knew "Robert" to dislike anyone or knew anyone who disliked him. A true mentor and man. I will miss you "Robert". Deborah Blair, Friend wrote at
2011-05-19 10:19:09Randy was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. His love for his family and others is a true expression of God's love. We will truly miss him. Friends wrote at
2011-05-19 10:28:02Many years ago Randy and Amanda welcomed us in to their house for a Christmas celebration. An experience that warmth the heart and reserved him a place in our hearts forever. I believe he never met a stranger.
Our life was enriched by knowing you and your wonderful family. RIP Randy. We will miss you. Matthew and Christina Walker Donna Clay / Cousin wrote at
2011-05-19 11:34:11Randy you will be so dearly missed by all of us. For years you and Amanda have been our family "Rock". Anybody who ever came across your path could see and feel the Love for your family and God. You and your family will forever be in our hearts. Say hello to the Family. Love Donette wrote at
2011-05-19 17:05:20Randy, I know you are celebrating with your family and friends who were waiting for you. You will be missed but we will see you again. I appreciate the encouraging words you gave me about going to Emory. Give my love ones a hug for me. Sing a song in Heaven. Terry Walker, Fire Service Brother and Friend wrote at
2011-05-19 18:51:09Goodbye my friend, my brother. I have been truly blessed to have been invited into your family through Jimmy. I know you are with him now. May God bless Amanda and family and hold them close fore I know God has blessed you! Cale and April Parrish, family friends wrote at
2011-05-20 10:17:54Ramona, Cale and I are very sorry to hear of your Dad passing. We enjoyed the good ol days of visiting with your family, they always welcomed us in and your Dad was a great conversationalist and computer wiz. May God comfort you and your family during this time. With Love Cale and April Parrish Rose Jones, Co-worker with Amanda wrote at
2011-05-20 15:57:02Amanda, You and your family are in my prayers. I only met Randy once, he was such a friendly person that it felt like I already knew him.

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