Cover photo for Spc. Willard Clayton Brown's Obituary
Spc. Willard Clayton Brown Profile Photo
1947 Spc. Willard Clayton 2022

Spc. Willard Clayton Brown

September 2, 1947 — November 27, 2022

McMinnville, TN resident and Warren County, TN native Spc. Willard Clayton Brown, age 75, was born September 2, 1947 and died November 27, 2022 at Murfreesboro VA Veterans Home Community Living Center Hospice following an extended illness. He was a loving husband, dad, and grandfather, retired nurseryman, member of Shellsford Baptist Church, helped with Fairview CIC, life member of the VFW and had been member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge before his extended illness. He graduated from Irving College High School and attended TN Technology School of Drafting in 1966, in McMinnville. He volunteered for the United States Army where he served from August 1966 until August 1969. Most of his time was served in Camp Red Cloud, Uijeongbu, South Korea, in communications and secret clearance, during the Vietnam Era. He was one of a six-man team who were on red alert, responsible for keeping the red phone line open and working between Army Headquarters in South Korea and the President of the United States at the White House. This happened when the USS "Pueblo" (AGER-2) intelligent ship was captured by North Korea. Clayton, in younger years, liked fishing, hunting, playing cards with friends and just being outside. He loved to read, listen to music on the radio, gardening, working in the yard, in the nursery, greenhouses and being on his tractor. In his later years, he enjoyed attending church services and listening to congregational singing. Clayton dearly loved his family. Mr. Brown was the son of the late, Joseph Willard Brown and Constance “Connie” Elvira Leech Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Jerry Wayne Brown; sister, Edna Marie Brown Schantz; nephews, Eli Todd Brown and Jeremy Lynn Brown and sister-in-law, Kathy Brown. He was married to his wife of fifty years, Malinda Lee Savage Brown, on April 17, 1972. In addition to his wife, Mr. Brown is survived by daughter, Tammy Consuelo Brown (Jason) Cherney of Brentwood TN; son, William Edward (Cytha) Brown of McMinnville; grandchildren, Caden Pilcher Cherney and Tristan Edward Cherney both of Brentwood, TN and Savannah Claire Brown and Spencer Cade McCormack both of McMinnville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernie Jo Brown, Arthur Patrick (Jackie) Brown and Mac (Rhonda) Brown all of McMinnville; brother-in-law, John Schnatz of Ashville, AL; nieces and nephews, Tonya Jo (Phillip) Scott, Matthew Lee (Camille) Brown, Christopher (Sheri) Brown and several great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Murfreesboro VA Veterans Home Community Living Center Hospice. Also, a special thanks to the staff at the Fisher House Foundation on Murfreesboro VA grounds. They provided a safe, comfortable, loving environment as a special service to the military men and women who have served and are serving our country and their loved ones. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2022 in High's Chapel with Ronnie Powell and Craig Carson officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service Thursday at High's. Full military honors will be administered by the VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made be made to plant a tree, Gideons International, Fairview CIC, TN Fisher House Foundation, Inc. or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at High Funeral Home and High's Cremations, Inc. are in charge of arrangements.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Spc. Willard Clayton Brown, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Starts at 6:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 6

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree