Ronald "Ronnie" Reath Brown

Thursday, June 21, 1962 - Monday, August 30, 2021

A Loving Father, Brother, and Friend

Photo of Ronald "Ronnie" Reath Brown  - 1962-2021

Canton- Ronald “Ronnie” Reath Brown, age 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 30, 2021 at his home with family and friends that loved him deeply by his side.

Ronnie was born June 21, 1962 in Haywood County to the late William R. Huffman and the late Hilda Lee Brown Cogburn. As a young boy growing up he could often be found swimming and playing in the creek or taking part in his favorite game of Cowboys and Indians with his brothers and special friends. After completing his high school years, Ronnie continued his education by studying to become a gifted machinist and later became employed with Carolina Metals Inc. located in Asheville for 30 dedicated years.  Ronnie was a man who loved everyone just as his family. He brought great joy into the hearts of those around him and the precious memories of his caring, kind, and giving spirit will remain a part of us forever. We have peace knowing that Ronnie was a Christian and had attended Spirit and Truth Church located in Canton. We give thanks for his life and we rejoice knowing that he is in paradise on this day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life and the mother of his son, Jeannie Brown; and his grandmother and grandfather, Nora May Brown and Pearl Brown.

He is survived by his son, Cameron Brown; his brothers, Marty Cogburn, Scott Cogburn and wife Krista and Gary Cogburn and wife Gina; his second mother that he loved deeply, Audrey Trantham (Jeannie’s mother); uncles, Calvin Brown, and Harley Brown; aunts, Betty Williams, and Lee Attaway; and also several cousins.

A service of remembrance to celebrate and honor Ronnie’s life will be held at 5:00 pm Friday, September 3, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Chris Jennings and Pastor Heath Davis will be officiating. The Brown family kindly asks that those in attendance please wear a face mask and observe social distancing to keep everyone safe and well.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for Ronnie and his loving family.

The memorial service will be livestreamed here for those who wish to take part in the services from home.


Condolences from family and friends

Cameron we are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time. So proud of you for taking such good care of him. We love you. Marie and Luke
Marie and Luke Swanger
Words can not say so i don't no we're to begin u will truly be missed at the work place it want be the same not seeing u there hearing u tell us all good morning watch over ur family an friends like the angel u are fly high Ron brown, fly high❤️❤️❤️R.I.P
Lori gosnell
Cameron, So sorry to hear about Ronnie. Hope you take peace in knowing that he is well and whole now. I'm sure he and Jeannie are walking hand in hand. Praying for strength and comfort for you. Love Sheila
Sheila Griffin
I will dearly miss you Ronnie and the talks we had, and as kids growing up , I remember you ,hobert and me going roller skating and cursing the Waynesville Plaza and listening to music and talking with friends love you forever and always and until we meet again,my loving cousin Love you Becky
Rebecca Brown Rabb
Ronnie was a kind soul. Never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I pray for comfort and peace for Cameron and Ronnie's brother's during this difficult time.
Erlene Brown Strickland
Ronnie was a wonderful friend and client of mine. I will miss having him come see me for his haircuts. Fly high Ronnie may you be at peace. Praying for his family.
Cynthia shelton
Marty & Scott im deeply sorry for your loss of a awesome brother, but heaven gained a real warrior to be watching down and shinning a guiding light to always keep you guys, family, & friends safe. Rest high on that mountain my friend...
Jason Burrell
Dear family of Ronnie I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him very much just know he is in a better place! Just take a moment and Cherish the memories you had with him. May God comfort you all in your time of need!!
Evelyn Huffman Ward
You will be missed always had a smile
Marquetta rathbone
My heart goes out to the family. Can remember the times we had at Sunburst and growing up together. He will be missed.
Pennie and Clayton Brown
Ronnie you will be missed at work R.I.P Prayers for the family and your son.
Joshua OKelley
My deepest sympathy in the loss of Ronnie. I am sadden to hear this. He was a special man. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Trisa
Trisa Rathbone