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Virgil Brown, 62, was born January 11, 1950, near Rolla, Missouri. He was granted his wings and left us for Heaven on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from his home in the Houston House Nursing Center, Houston, Missouri.

Virgil began his career at Opportunity Sheltered Industries in 1988 and was very well known as the “Greeter” because of his uncanny ability to know when someone would be at the door and needed to be welcomed. He could always be counted on to make sure guests got in the building and were greeted with a wave and a handshake. He was awarded an “Employee of the Month” certificate in 1990 from the workshop. As a collector of Horse Figurines and Hot Wheel Cars, Virgil kept a very neat display of his items and was very proud to show them to friends. While enduring nearly two years of chemotherapy and radiation, he inspired many patients and health care professionals with his positive spirit and infectious, agreeable attitude.

God’s plans for Virgil were good and his purpose was unique, the ability to communicate with very few words made Virgil an influential person in many lives.

Virgil is preceded in death by a much loved sister, May. He is survived by friends and loved ones throughout the area, including current and former workshop employees and coworkers, and staff and friends from Houston House.

Memorial contributions may be made to Opportunity Sheltered Industries Employee Fund or the Houston House Activities Department. Online condolences may be made at

Services were held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Allen Tyger officiating. Pallbearers were; David Barbee, Travis Spencer, Lowell Stilley, Bryan Wade, Randy Gardner and Daniel Hickcox. Honorary Pallbearer was, Teddy Robertson. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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