Paul R. Brown, 80, and Mava D. Brown, 75, of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky.

Paul was born October 17, 1941, in Oak Grove, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Cordell Brown and Emma L. Brown. Mava was born June 9, 1946, in Trigg County, Kentucky, she was the sixth child of the late Clyde Cunningham and Robbie Bridges Cunningham. Paul and Mava were married December 14, 1968 at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Trigg County. Paul graduated from South Christian High School in Herndon, Ky. in 1959. He was in the U.S. Army from March 14, 1965 to March 15, 1967. He had basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C. and was in the 7th Infantry Division near Seoul, Korea for thirteen months where he was a military policeman. He was also stationed at Fort Richie, Md. and worked as a supply clerk. Paul graduated from Murray State University in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education and English. He taught English at Hopkinsville High School for a few years and then went on to work with the Pennyrile Allied Community Services in Hopkinsville. He traveled the Pennyrile area inspecting houses for the weatherization program. Paul had also worked as an inspector for Dana Corporation in Hopkinsville for 20 years. Mava graduated from Trigg County High School in 1964 and then went on to attend Hopkinsville Community College, where she received her Associates Degree. Mava worked for Hoover Universal/Johnson Controls, formerly of Cadiz, for 26 years. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree at Austin Peay State University and Master’s Degree in speech language pathology at Murray State University. After receiving her degree, she worked as a speech pathologist at Christian County Schools and Christian Care Communities, both of Hopkinsville, Ky. and River’s Bend Retirement Community in Kuttawa, Ky. They were members of East Cadiz Baptist Church, where Paul had served as a deacon and assisted with the music program and Mava served as an organist and devoted her time helping with VBS. Before that, they attended Julien Baptist Church in Gracey, where Paul served as the music director and Mava as an organist for many years. Recently they were attending Liberty Point Baptist Church and Cadiz Baptist Church, both in Cadiz. Paul had a passion for singing and also enjoyed writing poetry, journaling, and collecting stamps. Mava enjoyed playing the dulcimer and organ, sewing, and gardening. They were known as “Paul Paul” and “Mimi” to their grandchildren, who they loved dearly.

In addition to Paul’s parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Frances Almy and Frazia McDonald.

In addition to Mava’s parents, she was preceded in death by her three brothers, Hershell Cunningham, Albert Cunningham, and Alfred Cunningham; and sister, Martha Quarles.

Survivors of the couple include their son, Tim (Tracy) Brown of Cadiz; grandson, Ayden Brown; granddaughter, Emma Brown; Paul’s brothers, Manuel (Charlotte) Brown of Cadiz, Howard (Louise) Brown of Owensboro, Ky., Dwight (Pam) Brown of Gracey, Ky.; Paul’s sister, Minnie Greil of Burlington, Wi.; and Mava’s sister, Dolly Rawlins of Fairview, Ky.

Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main Street in Cadiz, where the family will receive friends after 4:00 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2021. A joint Funeral service will be held at Goodwin Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 3, 2021. Burial for the couple will follow at Green Hill Memorial Gardens, in Hopkinsville, Ky., where Military funeral honors will be conducted in observance of Paul’s military service in the United States Army. Memorial Contributions can be made to Sunrise Children’s Services, 300 Hope Street, P.O. Box 1429, Mt. Washington, KY 40047.

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