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Terry Brown

November 20, 1936 — December 31, 2016

Terry Vern Brown, age 80 of rural Independence, Kansas passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Potts Chapel in Independence, Kansas with Tom Barton officiating. Cremation will follow and inurnment will be scheduled at a later date.

Visitation hours will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Potts Chapel. Friends may leave online condolences at

The family has suggested memorials to the Caney Valley Antique Power Association and contributions may be left at the Potts Chapel.

Terry Vern Brown was born November 20, 1936 in Independence, Kansas to Vern and Opal (Dickey) Brown. He grew up in the Independence, Jefferson area graduating from the Field Kinley High School in Coffeyville. After graduation Terry farmed for several years.

On October 28, 1956 Terry married June Fair. The couple made their home on the farm. In 1967, Terry went to work and traveled with the Jacob's Company as an appraiser. In 1973, the couple returned to rural Independence, Kansas. Terry then became the Montgomery County Appraiser which he worked for many years before becoming the appraiser for Chautauqua County. He also ran a dairy farm from 1976 to 1984. 1996, Terry started the Brown Auction Company and also worked part time for Chautauqua and Elk County as an appraiser. June preceded Terry in death on January 19, 2010.

He was a member of the Dearing Christian Church, the Kansas Auctioneer Association and was a Charter Member of the Caney Valley Antique Power Association which he spent endless hours to help. On October 1, 2011 Terry married Mary Anna Williamsen in a shotgun wedding at Dalton Defender Days.

Survivors include his wife Mary of the home; one daughter Tammie and husband Jim Vannoster of Jefferson, KS; two sons Dale Dean and wife Julie Brown of Wichita, KS, and Jimmy R. and wife Karen Brown of Caney, KS; sister Laverda and husband Melvin Folk of rural Coffeyville, KS; step children Daniel Adamson of Colorado, Steve Adamson of Wyoming, David Adamson of Nebraska and Mark Adamson of Wyoming; 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.


Potts Chapel
122 South Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
Thursday, January 5, 2017
12-8pm, family 6:30-7:30pm


Potts Chapel
122 South Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, January 6, 2017
11:00 am

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Caney Valley Antique Power Association
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