Monticello loses community leader
Wed, 06/24/2020 - 2:03pm classified@mont...
Monticello suffered a loss Friday, June 19, when long time community member and public servant, Carolyn Inez Allen, passed away at the Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation in Monticello.
Brown, who was born in Monticello in 1937 to Andrew and Velma Webb Allen, was a 1955 graduate of Monticello High School and a lifelong member of Monticello Church of Christ. Brown began serving the Monticello community at Union Bank after graduating from the Draughton School of Business in Little Rock, before moving to Commercial Bank until 1977. It was in 1977 that Brown began her career in public service when she was elected as the Drew County Treasurer. She served her county in this capacity until she retired in 2000. Retirement did not stick and in 2005, Brown was elated to and served as a Monticello Alderman on the Monticello City Council. She held that seat for 13 years. Brown was also active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and served twice as Regent of Colonel David Love DAR Chapter.
Her life as a public servant and who she as a person, had a great impact on many in Monticello.
“She was a fascinating, pleasant person and the strongest woman I have ever known,” said Monticello City Mayor Paige Chase following the City Council meeting Tuesday, June 23, at which time the council observed a moment of silence in honor of Brown. “She was like a second mom to my husband. I felt like I knew her before I ever even met her.”
According to Brown’s obituary and Chase, Brown brought laughter and joy to many.
“She served for over 12 years on the City Council,” said Chase. “She was tough and smart, a force of nature. She also was funny and had a great sense of humor.”
According to Chase, Brown was an important person to many in Monticello and will be greatly missed in the community.