Panola Pepper owner, Grady "Bubber" Brown passes away at 83

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LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (KNOE) - Family and friends across Northeast Louisiana are remembering and mourning the loss of Grady "Bubber" Brown. He passed away Saturday afternoon, leaving behind a strong legacy. Brown founded Panola Pepper in Lake Providence, La.

Panola Pepper owner passes away
Panola Pepper owner passes away at 83.

A business, Francis Thompson says is the heart of the Delta. Thompson and Brown were good friends.

"We've lost a great Louisianan. A great American," Thompson said.

He said Brown "had a lot of talent. Very well educated, hardworking, dedicated to his family and his business."

Another close friend of Brown, Reynold Minsky, said he was a great entrepreneur and leader.

"Very close friends and business partners and I don't know that I've ever met a man that was any more an entrepreneur that he was," Minsky said.

Brown and Minsky worked closely together, starting Providence Foods. Minsky said their relationship went beyond business though.

"We always went to New Orleans to celebrate our anniversary and I'm going to miss that dearly," he said.

Friends and family said it is not a time to cry, but to celebrate and rejoice a man who lived his life to make Louisiana a better place to live and work.


Funeral services for Grady Wyly "Bubber" Brown, Sr., age 83 of Lake Providence, Louisiana, will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lake Providence, Louisiana.

Fathers Mark Watson and Joe Kallookalam will officiate.

Entombment will follow in the Lake Providence City Cemetery in Lake Providence, Louisiana.

Services are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Lake Providence, Louisiana.

A time of visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home, 208 North Hood Street, Lake Providence, Louisiana.

Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his parents, William Denis Brown, Jr. and Martha Wyly Brown; brother, William Denis Brown III; and sister, Martha Brown Wilson.

Bubber is survived by his wife, Jennie Lou Ropp Brown of Lake Providence, Louisiana; son and daughter-in-law, Grady Wyly Brown and Michelle Brown of Monroe, Louisiana; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn Ropp Brown and Tobi S. Brown of Jackson, Mississippi; daughter and son-in-law, Katie Brown Coullard and Mike Coullard of Lake Providence, Louisiana; brother and sister-in-law, Philip and Carolyn Brown of Lake Providence, Louisiana; grandson, Wyly Brown of Monroe, Louisiana; granddaughter, Lauren Brown of Monroe, Louisiana; grandson, Will Brown of Monroe, Louisiana; granddaughter, Emma Brown of Jackson, Mississippi; grandson, Andrew Brown of Jackson, Mississippi; grandson, Carter Coullard of Lake Providence, Louisiana; and grandson, Ben Coullard of Lake Providence, Louisiana.

Pallbearers are: Phil Brown, Steve Brown, John Bowers, James Grady Wilson, Cotter Wilson and Jack Wyly.

Honorary Pallbearers are: Philip Brown, Sonny Oswalt, Reynold Minsky, Michael Brown, Patton Brown and John Oscar Nelson.