Dr. James Everett Brown, 90, much loved veterinarian of Rich Square, North Carolina, died on Monday morning, December 29, 2008, in Birmingham, Alabama.
He was born in Rich Square, North Carolina, on December 12, 1918,the son of Everett L. and Bertha P. Brown. In the fall of 1943, he began his veterinary medical practice on the outskirts of Rich Square. Prior to his death, he was the longest-serving, full-time veterinarian in the state of North Carolina. Working seven days a week,he served multiple generations of families and their animals from all over Eastern North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia.
Dr. Brown was a 1939 graduate of North Carolina State University, where he served as student manager of the Wolfpack football team. He followed several close friends and fellow NCSU alumni to Alabama Polytechnic University (Auburn), where he attended the veterinary medical school. Dr. Brown graduated in November 1943; he was presidentof his senior class.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Medical Corps, with postings in Europe and the Philippines. Following the war, he married Jane Bastob of Decatur, Illinois, on March 10, 1947. She preceded him in death in August 2003. Dr. Brown devoted long years of service to the Northampton County Health Department. On Jan. 27, 2005, he was presented the Carl Durham Award by the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health for his leadership and advocacy in public health. On March 21, 2005, he also was recognized by the Northampton County Board of Commissioners for his “dedicated and untiring service in the field of veterinary medicine to the citizens of Northampton County.”
Throughout his life, he was a faithful member of the Rich Square United Methodist Church. He also was a devoted member of the American Legion in Northampton County and a staunch supporter of Northeast Academy in Lasker.
Among other honors, he was inducted into the Wallace Carl Riddick Society in 2004 in recognition of the commitment he made to North Carolina State University’s future through lifetime gift support.
He was recognized by the Woodland Horse and Pony Show on April 30, 2000 for outstanding service through the years as the official show veterinarian. In 2002, he was honored for his years of service to the youth involved in the Northampton and Hertford County Livestock Programs.
Along with his church, his family and his friends, the N.C. State University Wolfpack remained especially dear to his heart. He spent his last night with loved ones at an N.C. State pep rally in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Brown is survived by one daughter, Rachel Brown Hackney of Sarasota, Florida, and her husband, Robert; two grandchildren, Robert Hackney Jr. and Stewart Hackney, both of Austin, Texas; one brother, Thomas Brown of Rich Square, North Carolina, and his wife, Mildred; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He took tremendous delight in being a second grandfather to Meghan, Lyndal, Parker and Amelia Brown and Benjamin Brown Knight.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Ann, in 1968; and two sisters, Louise and Margaret.