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Lesh Nettles Brown, Jr.

October 13, 1964 — June 5, 2024


Lesh Nettles Brown, Jr, 59, sadly passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 3, 2024.

 A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, June 152024 at 10:00am at First United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary, 411 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The family will receive friends at 9:00am before the service.  Rev. Gary Willis will be officiating.

 Lesh was born to Lesh Nettles Brown and Glenelle Pearce Brown of Natchitoches, LA on October 13, 1964.

 He is survived by his two sons, Harrison Lesh Smith Brown and Cory Smith Brown and former spouse, Kari Smith, of Lake Oswego, OR.; his partner in life, Jackie Carroll of Shreveport, LA; sister, Breanna Brown Shumpert, and her husband, John David Shumpert, of Sykesville, MD and their son, Caleb Thomas Shumpert and his wife, Rebekah Woodard Shumpert of Charlotte, NC; aunts and uncles- Mary Brown Cody, Baytown, TX; Linda and Don Pearce, Dallas, TX; Sharon and Carl Pearce, Richardson, TX; Jean Bodenhamer, Shreveport, LA; Trina and William Brown, Coushatta, LA and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

 He is predeceased by his brother, Shannon Pearce Brown; his grandparents, Rev. George Pearce and Frances McCoy Pearce and B. L. “Jack” Brown and Sarah Laura Nettles Brown; and uncle, Byron Leonidas “Leon” Brown.

Lesh graduated from Natchitoches Central High School where he enjoyed football, basketball, KNCH Radio and concert choir.  He attended LSU and graduated from Northwestern State University.  After working in Dallas several years, he spent many years in northern California before settling in Oregon.  The past few years he spent his time connecting with old friends in Louisiana.

 Lesh truly enjoyed playing his bass guitar in multiple bands throughout his life.  Music was his passion. In addition to music, he enjoyed cooking and all present enjoyed the fruits of his labor.  

 Lesh dearly loved being a dad and was extremely proud of his two sons.  He often said they were his greatest legacy.  He spent hours coaching and helping not only his two boys, but also many others in travel baseball and basketball.

Helping others was important to Lesh, and he never met a stranger.  He would happily talk to anyone and would make them feel loved and included.  He was fun-loving with a kind and heart-felt spirit.  He loved everyone and everyone loved him.  

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 411 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 or to Shannon Pearce Brown Memorial Endowed Choir Scholarship, Centenary College of Louisiana, 2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, Louisiana 71104.

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 15, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

1st United Methodist Church

411 2nd St, Natchitoches, LA 71457

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