Roosevelt Delray Brown “RAY’ was born on August 21, 1967 in Daytona, Florida
to Mae F. Smith and the late Roosevelt Brown. He returned to the earth April 25, 2022.
Ray moved to Miami, Florida as a toddler. He attended Parkway Middle School and
Norland Senior High. Shortly after completing high school, he decided to begin his adult
life in the service country via the U.S. Army, later followed up by a stay in the Army National
Ray loved sports; an official Steelers fan since about age 12. He enjoyed Fishing, music
and being with family and friends. Knowing Ray was knowing his true passion was
BBQing and cooking. Ray could smoke a rib right off the bone! His naturally loud and
passionate voice was equally matched by is wisdom and compassion for all, including animals.
He worked hard to provide and was so proud of his last business, B&B Southern
Smoke, which he launched with soulmate Ashanti Barefield.
Ray loved his family deeply. He goes to join his father Roosevelt brown and sister Bonita
Lashan Brown. He leaves to cherish his memory; his loving mother Mae F. Smith; soulmate
and forever partner Ashanti Barefield; his beautiful daughters Ariel McKissick, Antoinette
Woodberry and Shania Purifoy; his handsome sons Deven Rashaud Brown and Craig
Fitzpatrick “TJ”; sisters Alishia “Gail” Brown and Tawana (Jesse) Houston; brother Carl
(Joya) Smith, Jr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family, and close friends.
He had a special place in his heart for Auntie Shirley “Shirt” Mulkey and cousins, Taron and
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