Donald Whitley Brown

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Donald Whitley Brown, age 85, of Monroe, died on December 10, 2014. He was born in Walton County on March 31, 1929 to the late Beatrice Whitley Brown and the late Emory Golden Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Thurmond Brown and his sisters, Charlotte Brown Bone and Mavis Brown Smith. Surviving are: daughter and son-in-law, Donna Michele and Michael King Ramsey of McDonough; step-daughter, Lisa Graves McGee of Milledgeville; grandchildren: Megan Whitley Ramsey and Matthew Chandler Ramsey. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 13, in the chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Malcom officiating. Rev. Lamar Casper, friend and neighbor, also provided words of inspiration. Graveside services and burial followed at Rest Haven in Monroe. Pallbearers were:  Hoyt Studdard, Cliff Peters, Gary Smith, Chip Ramsey, Tab Bone, Matthew Ramsey and Tony Hutchins. Brown was raised on a farm near Good Hope and he and his father started a dairy business when he was a teenager. The business actually grew out of his 4-H Project and Donald’s passion for showing prize calves. He was a Master 4-H’er in the Dairy Project and attended National 4-H Congress in Chicago in 1947. He was a successful dairy farmer for over 20 years and also provided artificial insemination for local cattle producers. He worked with Dr. Bragg, a well-known veterinarian in Monroe, for many years. Donald had a great sense of humor, too. His advertisement in the Walton Tribune for the artificial insemination business read, “Have Bull, Will Travel.” He was the first one in the area to be trained and certified to provide this service to local cattle producers. Brown was also a Sergeant, 1st class, in the 178th Military Police Company, Georgia Army National Guard.  He joined the Guards in June of 1947, and served for 20 years. In 1976 he rejoined, and served another 10 years giving him a total of 30 years of service and dedication to his country, state and community. Brown was an avid fisherman, hunter and farmer/gardener. He was a lifelong resident of Walton County and a member of the First Baptist Church and American Legion Post 64 of Monroe. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Monroe Building Fund, or to any charity of choice in honor of Donald Whitley Brown. Meadows Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of the arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at

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