The grand marshals of this year’s Rhine Christmas Parade, set for Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m., are John K. and Johnnie Kate Brown. They are lifelong residents of the Rhine community and have served the area for over 70 years. The Browns have two daughters, Vicki Stuckey (Dana) and Kay Lowery (Todd); three grandchildren, Laura Watkins (Jay), Michael Lowery and Alexandra Lowery; and three great-grandchildren, Jace, Jess and Jaycob Watkins.
Mr. Brown has fervently served this community as a farmer, building contractor and deacon of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Perhaps the Browns are best known for their time spent as business owners in Rhine where they operated Hilliard’s Grocery and John K’s Restaurant for over 15 years. The business was known for delicious food and great fellowship. They sold the business in 2006 and have since been enjoying retirement together.
The Browns feel blessed to live in such a loving and caring community and share grateful hearts for all of their blessings from God.