He had been a resident of Yadkin Nursing Care Center in Yadkinville for the past year.
Mr. Brown was born July 22, 1914, to the late Samuel Jones “Buddy” Brown and Martha Jane Settle Brown of the North Oak Ridge Community.
Mr. Brown was a tobacco farmer and later a tank wagon driver for Quality Oil Company. He was also a skilled carpenter and helped two of his sons build their homes. During retirement he enjoyed being in his workshop building things including cedar chests for his grandchildren. Mr. Brown was the caretaker at Boonville Cemetery for several years, was a member of Boonville United Methodist Church where he sang tenor in the church choir for 62 years and was also a fiddle player, playing at one time with the bluegrass band “The Yadkin County Ramblers.” Earlier this month he celebrated his 96th birthday by playing harmonica at a Brown Reunion.
He was married to Willena Fleming Brown for 64 years before she died in July of 2000.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his siblings Noah and Fax Brown of Boonville and Mattie Sue Brown of Charlotte.
He is survived by his children, Martha Sue and husband Rev. Larry Summerour of LaGrange, Ga.; Neal and wife Mary Brown of Plymouth; David Brown of Cedar Mountain; Hugh and wife Brenda Brown, of Boonville; nine grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; a brother Glenn Brown of Boonville; and a sister, Jenny Brown of Elkin.
His funeral service was held at Boonville United Methodist Church on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, with Rev. Jenny Stewart, Rev. Daniel Brown (grandson) and Rev. Larry Summerour (son-in-law), officiating. Burial followed in the Boonville Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. Memorials may be made to the Boonville United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 178, Boonville, NC 27011.
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