Joe Eugene Brown
Born April 29th, 1954, in Ashland, Kentucky
Died December 24th, 2011, in Flatwoods, Kentucky
Joe was born in Ashland, KY, in the spring of 1954. He lived most of his young life on his parents' 52 acre farm in Argillite, KY. There, he helped his father with the polled Hereford cows, horses, and general farm chores. He was the oldest of three surviving children.
Joe attended school in the Russell District, completing elementary at Advance Elementary in Flatwoods, KY, and going on to Russell Middle and High Schools in Russell, KY. He was part of the family plumbing/electrical business for many years with his brother, John, and father, Eugene. Joe was also a distinguished vocalist and bass guitar player, and had been in many bands and played alongside big name rock 'n roll and country artists. His main love in life, though, was river work boats - primarily the towboats of the Ohio River. He spent his whole life studying them and building models, competing in model boat shows, doing private commissions, and having his work displayed in river museums. After his death, his remaining models and blue prints were donated to the River Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Joe was married twice - no children came of the first one, but he had a daughter (Joey Carol Brown) with his second wife, Janet Spradling. Joe and Janet divorced in 2005.
On Christmas Eve of 2011, Joe passed away from a heart attack at his home.