June 8, 1938 – Dec. 16, 2019

Garland Lee Brown passed peacefully from his earthly life in his home near Black Lake Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at the age of 81. He was born to Arthur Thomas “Cooter” and Mary Ida Fredericks Brown June 8, 1938, near Clarence.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nine siblings; a great-grandson, Seth Jones; and a very special son-in-law; Vaughn Robert Shirley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 61 years, Sybil Brown; his four girls, Robin Wadkins (“Boogie”), Cheryl Guin (Jack), Donna Brown and Karen Shirley; 11 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren with two more great-grandchildren expected next spring.

He worked as a land surveyor for 54 years in and around Natchitoches Parish ending with his 2011 retirement from Red River Waterway. Garland was well known for his love and expertise of huntin’ and fishin’, which he shared with his family and friends.

A wake will be at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 5-10 p.m. A service to honor his life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at United Baptist Church in Campti with Bro. Mike Honzell officiating. Burial will follow at St. Maurice Cemetery in St. Maurice.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Leland Wadkins, Landon Wadkins, Joshua Guin, Jacob Guin, Tim Shirley and Greg Moran.

Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Scaife, Leman “Boogie” Wadkins, Jackie Guin, Robert Breedlove, Colin Brown, Winfred Lonadier, Jackie Tingle, Johnny Gourdon and Bro. Mike Honzell. —