October 8, 1937 ~ May 21, 2022

Born in: Lufkin, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Ardie P. Brown Jr., was born in Lufkin, TX, on October 8, 1937, to Ardie P. Brown Sr., and Edith Brown. Ardie was the beloved husband of Fan Brown, and the adoring father of four daughters: Eydie Allen, Paige Kinser, Beth Brown and Shannon Brown. He was the devoted grandfather of five grandchildren: Angela Howard, Daniel Boden, Ashley Vandiver, Aerial Newman and Corinne Whiting; and doting great grandfather to six great grandchildren: Landon, Raylen and Grayson Howard; Eydie and Ellis Boden; Christina Vandiver; and Luke and Zoe Newman.

Ardie was a faithful servant of the Lord and dedicated 65 years of his life to teaching God’s Word. He began preaching at age 18, traveling to various rural congregations who needed an evangelist. During that time, he was also hired by Brown & Root Engineering as a draftsman in the Houston, TX plant. He excelled at this trade; but his true devotion was for a more noble calling. After being with Brown & Root for approximately 2 years, Ardie was contacted by the elders at the Greens Bayou congregation in Houston, asking him to become their full-time preacher. He was to be a Gospel preacher for the remainder of his life.

After three years at Greens Bayou, he moved to work with the Thomas Boulevard congregation in Port Arthur, TX. Here Ardie met and married Fan. In 1969, he started working with the Vivian Road congregation in Kansas City, Missouri, where he labored for 27 months. Following this, he was invited to work in Nederland, Texas, to help establish the Stonegate congregation, where he served for nine years. Ardie next became the full-time evangelist for the Rosedale congregation in Beaumont, Texas where the brethren outgrew their building and relocated to north Beaumont, becoming the Northwest congregation. As growth continued, Larry Dickens came to work side by side with Ardie.

In 1986, Ardie relocated to Lewisville, Texas, preaching for the Josey Lane congregation in Carrollton for the next 14 years. He then returned to Stonegate, serving as their second full-time preacher for two years. After leaving Stonegate, he moved to Lindale, Texas, where he was for five years. Following his time in Lindale, he worked with the Mockingbird congregation in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He and Fan spent four years with the brethren there, but the distance from their daughters was too great. They returned to the great state of Texas, and Ardie served as the evangelist for South Central congregation in Crowley for three years. At that time, Larry Dickens moved to College Station to begin a new work, and he and Ardie were together once more to start the Southwest congregation. Ardie concluded his years of pulpit service working first with the saints in New Caney, and then with the brethren in Livingston, where he spent the next three years.

Ardie often traveled across the country conducting gospel meetings, lectureships and engaging in personal work. His greatest joy was teaching the Gospel and bringing souls to the Lord. In the last thirty-six hours before he left this earth, he wanted to make a list of people he needed to call to remind them to remain faithful to their Savior.

He has run the race with patience and fought the good fight. Ardie laid down his sword and armor and put on the crown of life, to rest forever in the arms of Jesus.


Visitation: May 26, 2022 10:00 am

Twin City Church of Christ
810 Southwest Parkway
College Station, Texas 77840


Memorial Service: May 26, 2022 11:00 am

Twin City Church of Christ
810 Southwest Parkway
College Station, Texas 77840


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  1. Ardie P Brown, Jr was my friend and brother in Christ. He was a faithful preacher of God’s word who had a great ability to relate one scripture from the Bible after another to weave a truthful tapestry of our need for salvation. He was a friend who would drop whatever he was doing to drive to be near your side, even if that drive was several hours or hundreds of miles. His love of truth, the creator and God’s Bible was evident in every conversation. He did his best to get to know each person he met, even the waitress or convenience store cashier. All were precious to him because he wanted them to know salvation was possible in their life. He was our local evangelist in Hot Springs AR for several years. I’ll miss him greatly and will offer prayers for his family as they mourn his absence, but he has gone on to a reward that is far greater than anything this life can provide.

    • You are correct in every point – he was 3 years younger than me – we were brothers in Christ, grew up together in Lufkin,TX and attended worship services at the 4th & Grosebeck church in Lufkin and later at the Timberland Drive church of Christ also in Lufkin – Ardie was my friend and I certainly shall miss him in this life – he knew his Bible and lived his life accordingly – I look forward to seeing him again on the other side – may God bless and comfort his wife, Fan, their children, and and all in their family

  2. Ardie was one of a kind. A good friend. He encouraged my early efforts to preach and was always ready to help and encourage young preachers. He will be missed.

  3. So sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. We heard him preach many sermons in various places throughout the years.
    A unique delivery and great sense of humor, he was loved by many.
    He will be missed with fond memories.
    David and Joann DeYoung

  4. We will always remember how Artie stood by us while our son was sick and dying. He was not only a wonderful Christian man but a true friend in Christ. Our prayers are with Fan and the family at this time.

  5. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He will truly be missed. I loved hearing his sermons.

    Missy and Clinton Condon

  6. Heaven gained a good one. Ardie was one of a kind and the best listener and advice giver. He will be missed tremendously.

  7. Dear Shannon and Beth,
    Thinking of you and holding you in my heart at this time of sorrow. Your father’s obituary attests to a life well lived and well loved. You are in my prayers. Julie

  8. Chris and I are thinking and praying for you all. Ardie married us in 1977 and was a good friend to my dad, George Dean. We have many wonderful memories of him to cherish.

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