BROWN, WELDON - Randolph County, Arkansas | WELDON BROWN - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Weldon BROWN

Masonic Cemetery
Randolph County,

17 Jan 1915 - 2 Sept 1950

Son of David Crockett & Nancy Rebecca Kernodle Brown

Walnut Ridge Man Charged With Murder
Pocahontas Star Herald, Sept. 7, 1950.

WALNUT RIDGE, Sept. 4 – Ira S. Phillips, 36, a grocery store operator, was charged with first degree murder Monday in the Saturday night shooting of Weldon Brown, also 36, Detroit, Mich.

The charge was filed in Municipal court by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney W. P. Smith.

Brown was shot to death in the home of his former wife, Mrs. Linnie Brown, also the divorced wife of Phillips. Brown had returned to Walnut Ridge from Detroit over the Labor Day weekend in an attempt to remarry his divorced wife.

Attorneys for Phillips said they would waive a hearing in the case scheduled for this morning and would request bond on a writ of habeas corpus petition to County Judge Tom B. Logan.

According to Sheriff Joe Spades, Brown was shot twice by a .32 calibre automatic pistol, once in the left side and once in the heart.

Phillips surrendered in the sheriff’s office after the shooting late Saturday night.

According to Phillips, Brown had twice asked his divorced wife to remarry him Saturday but she refused. Mrs. Brown and Phillips operate a grocery store here.

After closing the store about 10 p. m., Phillips drove Mrs. Brown to her home. Brown, who had attended a show with his daughter, Norma Yvonne, was also in the home.

When the men reportedly began a fist fight, Mrs. Brown and her daughter fled. Phillips told the sheriff that Brown was choking him but he was able to get his pistol and fire two shots. Mrs. Brown and her daughter said they heard only one shot.
Phillips then drove to the sheriff’s office and gave himself up to Deputy Etchison and Padgett.

Brown had reportedly gained a divorce from another wife before coming to Walnut Ridge. In addition to the daughter and his former wives Brown is survived by two brothers, Elmer and James Henry Brown, Detroit; five sisters, Mrs. Charity Scott and Mrs. May Miller, Blytheville; Mrs. June Byers, Detroit; Mrs. Fay Smith and Miss Beatrice Brown, Pocahontas, his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Brown of Pocahontas and a son, Dennis W. Brown.

Funeral services for Brown were held at the Pocahontas Church of Christ Monday afternoon. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Home.

Contributed on 4/28/13 by tootied
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Submitted: 4/28/13 • Approved: 4/30/13 • Last Updated: 2/1/20 • R869103-G0-S3

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