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Cynthia Agnes Harrell Brown, age 85

Cynthia Agnes Harrell Brown departed this life on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at the age of eighty five. She was born August 11, 1937 in Wye, AR, to the Reverend D.R. Harrell and Mrs. Linnea Nelson Harrell, the second of four children. She was a 1957 graduate of Central High School.

Cynthia was an accomplished artist and musician.  She had a deep appreciation for beauty and loved creating paintings and sculptures, and curating the treasures she acquired over the years. Cynthia loved animals of all kinds, but especially dogs and horses. She was known for her talent for thoughtful gift-giving, finding joy in showing her love for others, especially her children and grandchildren. She was of the Baptist faith, and enjoyed studying Bible prophecy, always looking forward to Christ’s return.

Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Crystal Taylor.

She is survived by her children, Karen Brown Ratliff of Conway, Rev. David Brown (Denise) of McGehee, Linnea Brown Udochi of Conway, and William Brown of Centerton; brothers Arthur Harrell of Morrilton, Gary Harrell of Conway, and David Harrell of Oregon; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Wye Cemetery in Wye, AR on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 2:00 pm with Rev. David Brown officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:30pm at the cemetery.

Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Cynthia’s online guestbook is available at


  • Aisha Linnea Udochi Posted May 17, 2023 4:51 PM

    Words can’t begin to describe how sad it is to lose Mawmaw. Her home was always an exciting place to visit since being a kid—whether it was getting to see what fashion trend she picked up on or spending the night watching The Sound of Music, Mawmaw always made me feel like I was home, accepted, and family. I’ve held onto every letter we exchanged over the years of being pen pals, and while I already thought of them as valuable treasures, they’ll now hold an even deeper meaning knowing we’ll never be able to trade letters again. I find peace in thinking of Mawmaw getting to frolic in heaven with her previously lost loved ones and being surrounded by the treasures she amassed in her lifetime. I love you, Mawmaw. I will certainly miss your selflessness and unconditional love, and I hope you enjoy being free of all of your health problems up in heaven. <3

    • Teresa Harrell Posted May 18, 2023 11:52 AM

      Perfectly said. So sorry for your loss too. She was awesome and when I was a kid growing up with her we watched Sound of Music too!! Love you! Cousin Teresa

  • Debbie Galimore Posted May 17, 2023 10:29 PM

    I have many good memories of Cynthia. I met her when I became friends with her daughter Karen over forty years ago! Karen and I became like sisters. Cynthia’’s artwork and just watching her because when she walked into a room you could not help but be awed by her beauty. Just wanted to say I’m sorry to the family for your loss and my prayers are with you all. Cynthia was just beautiful inside and out and now heaven has gained another angel.

  • Russ Boyter Posted May 18, 2023 6:50 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

  • Gloria Reed Posted May 18, 2023 7:30 PM

    Ken and I are sorry for your loss. Cynthia was a very beautiful and talented woman.

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