Skip to content

Robert ‘Rob’ Brown

Robert Paul Brown ”Bob”, 73, of Memphis, Missouri, passed away June 5th after a short battle with cancer. He was born October 27, 1947, in Centerville, IA and became the son of Ross Brown, Sr. and Vera Phillips.

He grew up in Centerville, Iowa and served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970. Robert was united in marriage to Marie Buckallew August 25, 1972. They settled and made a life with their family in Memphis, Missouri. For 30 years Robert served as a teacher and mentor at Scotland Co. R-I High School District. Through the years he and Marie opened their home to “many” foster children, and foreign exchange students. Later in his life Robert became strong in his faith and enjoyed being a member of the Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

Robert enjoyed hunting, playing cards, watching “wrestling” and westerns, repairing loved ones miscellaneous items, spending time spoiling grandkids, great grandkids, and loving on any baby that would let him. He spent time traveling with family and friends and chaperoning student trips, He also spent countless hours driving and patiently waiting for Marie and Lois on their many shopping adventures. Robert spent his life doing for others but he also loved nothing more than to sit in his chair and bark orders at whoever would listen. He had a life well lived.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Ross Brown Sr. and Vera Phillips Brown, brothers; Ross Brown Jr. and William Brown; sisters; Luetta Peel and Connie Ruby.

   He is survived by his wife, Marie Brown, of Memphis; four daughters: Heather and Bobby Durham of Macon, Missouri; PeJaye Brown of Kirksville, Missouri; Susan Buckallew of Memphis, Missouri; Sonjia and Doug High of Springfield, Missouri; Ten grandchildren; Maggie Durham, Parker Durham, Owen Durham, Lincoln Brown, Livia Brown, Logan Buckallew(Ashley), Anna Buckallew (Darrin), Lance High (Katie), Scott High (Jenny), Chad High (Kelsey), and a special grandson Remington “Remi” Miller. Two sisters; Pat Proffitt and her husband David of Exline, IA and Reta “Peetal” Havard and her husband Don of New Sharon, Iowa. He is also survived by many special friends, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials in Bob’s Memory may be given to the Robert “Bob” Brown Scholarship Fund in care of Payne Funereal Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Memorial services were held Friday Afternoon, June 11, 2021, at 12:00 P.M. at the Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Missouri. Officiating the service was Pastor Leon Buford.

Honorary pallbearers were  Lance High, Parker Durham, Owen Durham, Scott High, Chad High, Lincoln Brown, and Logan Buckallew

Online condolences may be sent to the Brown family by logging onto Payne’s website at 

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.