Karol Brown


Karol S. Brown, 84, of McLeansboro, died at 3:25 a.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at her residence.

She was born on Sept. 18, 1936, in Highlandville, Missouri, the daughter of Robert E. and Jenice (Spiess) Lawson. She married Richard G. "Dick" Brown on Oct. 12, 1961, in Kansas City, Missouri, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 2008.

Mrs. Brown is survived by a son, George A. "Drew" Brown of McLeansboro; a daughter, Jennilyn M. Orpurt of New Harmony, Indiana; four grandchildren; two sisters, J. Evelyn Lawson of Livermore, California, and Anne Starr of Spring, Texas; and a brother, W. Edgar Lawson of Gainesville, Virginia.

Mrs. Brown was a minister and she served as local pastor of the First United Methodist Church at Bonnie and Ina. She was a substitute teacher in Hamilton and Jefferson County and was a rural mail carrier in McLeansboro. Mrs. Brown was a member of First United Methodist Churches in McLeansboro and Mount Vernon.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, with Rev. Russell Anderson and Rev. Jim Peak officiating. The Order of Eastern Star Service will be conducted by Lodge 783 of Norris City.

Friends may call from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of McLeansboro.