Mr. Robert Bruce Brown, age 72, of Silver Creek, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018, in a local hospital.

Mr. Brown was born on August 30, 1946, in Radford, VA, son of the late Chapman P. Brown and the late Peggy Jo Jones Bess (Bob).  He was a graduate of Poppa Bluff High School in Missouri, and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Robert was a faithful member of Lindale Church of God.  Later in life, he met Mrs. Ida Mae Barkley, and they married on July 21, 1992.  Prior to retirement, Robert worked as a long-haul truck driver for 40 years and enjoyed seeing the country.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his twin brother, Richard Brown, by a brother, Bryan Bess, and by the dad who raised him, Bobby Bess.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Ida Mae Barkley Brown, Silver Creek; son, Richard Bruce “Scott” Brown, VA; daughter, April Lynn Walter, Rome; two grandsons, Oscar Lee Flatt and Bryan Matthew Flatt, Silver Creek; 2 sisters, Suzanne McClurry (Will), East Sound, WA, and Melinda Bess, Springfield, MO; 2 brothers, Chris Bess, Springfield, MO and Stephen Bess, AZ; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 3:30 PM at Lindale Church of God with Pastor Glyn Davis officiating and with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military rites.  A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Robert’s church:  Lindale Church of God, 585 Park Ave. SE, Lindale, GA, 30147, 706-232-5676.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.