Opp native searching for father’s old truck

Published 2:53 am Friday, June 2, 2017

Opp High School graduate Anthony Brown doesn’t have much to remember his dad by these days, but he hopes that the Covington County community can help him with that.

His father, Randy Brown, died in 1995 when Anthony was just 12 years old. More than anything else Brown remembers his dad’s old 1977 GMC Sierra.

“My family sold the truck after he died,” Anthony said. “It’s kind of been on my mind for years, off and on, to try and find it.”

Randy Brown was a well-known drummer and mill worker in the Opp area before his death.

To begin with Brown began searching for a truck that looked like his dad’s.

“It started out with me just trying to find one sort of like it and just redo it, but it’s just not the same,” he said.

Brown didn’t know how to even go about trying to find the old truck, but on a long drive back to his home in Enterprise he had an epiphany.

“I was riding back from Disney and I figured I would just throw it out there on Facebook and see if I came up with anything,” he said.

After sharing his story on Facebook and his interest in finding his dad’s old truck, the post was shared more than 1,500 times from people all over the Southeast.

A friend of his father’s, who sold the truck to Randy, sent him a picture of the old truck.

“Even if I don’t find it, just having that picture is great because I didn’t even have that before,” he said. “I broke down when I saw the picture.”

While Brown would love finding the old truck still running, he would gladly accept it even if it’s rusting away in an old barn or in a salvage yard.

“I’ll be content even if just to find it in a salvage yard, just to be able to put my hand on it,” he said. “If it’s running and someone sells it to me, or even just lets me sit in it one more time, that would be so great, but if it’s in salvage I’d still love to buy it and maybe make a swing out of the tailgate for my kids or a headboard for my son.”

By running the old truck’s vin number Brown found out that the truck was last registered in 2009 by an Eric L. Carnley of Andalusia.

Brown is asking that Carnley or anyone who knows him contact him to try and figure out where the truck went from there.

“I don’t have anything from my dad,” he said. “Twelve days will be the anniversary of his death. So, it would be significant if I could find out before that. It would mean everything to me, just to have a piece of him.”

Brown said that even hearing the song “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice hurts him.

“I think about that song, and I can’t even listen to it,” he said. “If I had the truck I would jam that song out and I would drive down the same dirt roads that me and him would drive back in the day. If I could do that one more time it would literally mean the world to me.”

Brown would like for anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of the truck to contact him at 334-470-8122.

“Besides the love he had for me, that truck was his passion,” Anthony said. “I can close my eyes and picture my dad in that truck like he’s right beside me.”