Obituaries, June 27, 2024

Written on 06/27/2024

Reba Lynn Harris

Reba Lynn Harris, 83, of Kokomo, passed away on June 10, 2024. A memorial service for her will be held on Fri., June 28, 2024, from 5-8 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 1599 E. Sycamore St. A funeral for Reba will be held on Sat., June 29, from noon until 2 p.m. at the church, with visitation taking place from 10 a.m. until noon prior to the service.

Donna Jene DeVeaux

Donna Jene DeVeaux, aged 67, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2024, the same day she graced this world with her presence in 1957, in Greentown, IN. Born in Mount Kisco, NY, to the late Alfred and Louise Lorosso DeVeaux, Donna's life was a testament to the power of love, generosity, and courage.

Donna was a proud graduate of John Jay High School and furthered her education at the White Plains Business Institute. Her academic achievements were the foundation for what would become a lifelong commitment to caring for others. Donna dedicated 35 years of her life as a practical nurse, specializing in the Alzheimer's Unit at Kent Nursing Home. Her gentle touch, patience, and unwavering compassion made a profound difference in the lives of her patients and their families.

Beyond her professional life, Donna was an avid gardener, finding joy in the blooms and the tranquility of nature, loved music and dancing. Her hands, so skilled in providing care, were equally adept at crocheting, creating beautiful pieces that were both a hobby and an expression of her love for those around her. Donna's spirit of loving-kindness extended to her cherished dog companions, who were a source of great joy and comfort throughout her life.

Donna was a loving mother, leaving behind a legacy of warmth and nurturing in her daughter, Amanda Martinez, and her son, Bernard Jones, along with his wife, Brandi. Her role as a grandmother to Samantha Martinez, Javier Beattie, Alexus Larrison, and Jacob Larrison was one she embraced with enthusiasm, imparting wisdom and instilling values that will live on for generations.

She is also survived by her siblings, Marrissa Green, Diane Socci, and Mike DeVeaux, who will remember her as the glue that held the family fabric together. Each family gathering was brightened by her presence, and her absence will be deeply felt.

Those who knew Donna would describe her as the epitome of loving and generous. Her courage, especially in the face of adversity, inspired everyone she encountered. She faced life's challenges with a smile and exuded a strength that encouraged others to find the best in themselves.

Donna's life was one of selfless service, unwavering compassion, and a deep-seated belief in the goodness of people. She left an indelible mark on the hearts of those she touched, both personally and professionally, and her legacy will continue to be felt through the countless lives she enriched.

As we bid farewell to Donna Jene DeVeaux, we celebrate the life of a woman who was a beacon of light and love. Her journey on earth may have ended, but her spirit continues to soar, reminding us all to live with kindness, to cherish every moment, and to care for one another with a generous heart.

A private ceremony will be held to honor Donna's life and memory. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she lived a life full of purpose and love, and that her spirit will forever be a guiding force in their lives.

Donna's passing is not an end but a transformation; she lives on not only in memory but also in the lessons she taught, the comfort she provided, and the love she shared. Rest in peace, Donna Jene DeVeaux. Your light will never fade.

City of Firsts Cremation and Funeral Services by Rose and Geiger was entrusted with handling the arrangements.

James “Jim” Willard Brown Jr.

James “Jim” Willard Brown Jr., age 77, of Tipton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 23, 2024, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Albany, Kentucky, on August 29, 1946, to his parents, Willard Brown and Opal (Vincent) Brown. Jim married the love of his life, Elma (Elmore) Brown on August 14, 1972, and the two were fortunate enough to share nearly 52 years of marriage.

Jim graduated from Western High School in the Class of 1965. He then went on to proudly serve in the United States Army. He served as an airplane repair operator from 1968 through 1971 during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to civilian life, Jim worked as a mechanic and welder for Indiana Welders Union; helping to build Marble Hill and Caterpillar Corporations. Jim ended up retiring from Chrysler Casting Plant in Kokomo after nearly 30 years, where he worked as a millwright.

Jim was a member of the 32° Scottish Rite Masons, Russiaville Lodge #82, and past Patron of Russiaville OES Chapter #130. Jim was a dedicated family man. He was the true patriarch of the family; an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a private man, with a quiet demeanor. He enjoyed solitude and always enjoyed being outdoors. He was very protective of his loved ones and treasured his time with them. One of Jim’s favorite things to do was take his wife out to eat. Although he was a man sometimes of few words, his love always spoke loudly and the example he set will live on through generations. Jim will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him!

Those left to carry on Jim’s legacy of love are his wife, Elma Brown; children, Shellie Harvey (Jeff), April Fugle (Tom), Kim Brown; grandchildren, Nichele Spitz (Zach), Cameron Fugle, Noah Brown, Joshua Brown; 7 great grandchildren; sisters, Imajean Memmer (Steve), Willdean Christopher; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Opal Brown; brother, David Brown; and grandson, David Fugle.

Out of respect for Jim’s wishes, there are no formal services planned. Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brown family in their time of need.