Born July 9, 1960 in Apalachicola to Roosevelt Brown and Eula Bennett, Oscar Barry Brown left this world Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 at his home in Apalachicola, but during the 59 years God granted him to be on this earth, Barry lived, laughed and loved.
Leaving Apalachicola and the Class of 1978 behind, in his late teens, Barry moved to Louisiana, spending 40 years of his life there, first in Empire and later, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home, relocating to Walker.
While in Empire, he worked at Daybrook Fisheries, first at the pogey plant processing fish, and later as a welder. In Walker, he became a sandblaster with CBI Group, Inc. and retired in that line of work in 2014. Accepting the Lord as his personal savior, during a visit home, Barry was baptized Sept. 14, 2014 at New Life Church by Bishop Horace Solomon of New Life and Pastor James Williams of Friendship MB Church.
Yearning to move back to his hometown, Barry became an Apalachicola resident once again October 2018. Being home, spending time with family, reconnecting with childhood friends, and sharing his life with new loves, brought him much joy. His days were happy ones-fishing, listening to old school music, watching Westerns and sports (diehard Patriots fan!), joking and laughing with family and friends and just enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Generous to a fault, every fish he caught, he cleaned and gave away. He was also a faithful member of his church, and his church members were a blessing to him, opening their hearts and their shelter to him during a time of need.
Even with serious medical issues, a heart of gold Barry possessed, but this same heart would eventually fail him and after calling his beloved lady to come get him early Thursday morning, Sept. 19, a compassionate God, hearing that same weak plea, knew His son had lived, laughed and loved enough and decided this time, there would be no hospital. This time, our Heavenly Father was the one to come get Barry and bring him up to his heavenly home.
Predeceased by his father, Roosevelt Brown, a brother Larry Brown and a sister Darlene Pugh, many remaining souls will cherish their memories of Barry, including his fiancée Elinor Mount-Simmons; his three daughters Cearra Brown, of Tallahassee, Ashalyn (Robert) Smith, of Gonzalez, Louisiana, and Courtney Brown, of Williston, North Dakota. Also his parents, Henry "Cap" Rochelle, of Panama City, and Eula Rochelle, of Apalachicola; his siblings Roosevelt Brown, of Port Sulphur, Louisiana, Kathi Wynn, of Orlando, Henry Rochelle, of Wewahitchka, Henry "Big Joe" (Val) Rochelle, of Apalachicola, Jimmy Rochelle, of Kissimmee, Eula Jean (Joaquin) Sosa, of Panama City, and Shelia Rochelle, of Panama City; his grandchildren Robert Smith, V, of Gonzalez, Louisiana, and Jayden Foster, of Williston, North Dakota; aunts and uncles Annie Hand, Irestine Bouie, Marie (Jimmy) Richardson, Mary "Duke" Brown, Robert Key and William Key, all of Apalachicola, and Ruby Lee Washington, of Panama City; godchildren: Dwayne Harvey, of Phoenix, Louisiana, Eric Barthelemy, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Paisley Jones, of Apalachicola.
Also remembering him fondly: a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, fishing buddies and special friends.
Homegoing Celebration will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at New Life Holiness Church, Apalachicola, with Pastor James Williams presiding and Bshop Horace Solomon offring the eulogy. Interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery. The wake will be Friday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., also at New Life Church.