F. Jene “Beaver” Brown, 81, of Gillespie, passed away on November 25, 2018, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville at 11:10 p.m. He was born on April 27, 1937, in Gillespie to Louise Wetzel Brown and John Brown of Gillespie. He married Patricia Cooper Brown on December 17, 1955, in Staunton.
He graduated from Gillespie High School in 1955 where he participated in many sports. He continued to play fastpitch softball for several years. His love of sports continued as he watched all his grandchildren play. He worked as a coal miner and retired from Exxon at Monterey Coal Mine in Carlinville.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, their husbands, and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie followed by a memorial service. Memorials can be made to Partnership for Educational Excellence and Gillespie Sports Boosters.