Mildred Virginia Pruitt Brown

December 9, 1926 - July 15, 2017

12/09/1926 - 07/15/2017

Past Services

Tuesday July 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday July 19, 2017
11:00 am
Rich Square Methodist Church
300 South Main Street
Rich Square, NC 27869

RICH SQUARE, NC – Mildred Virginia Pruitt Brown passed away at her home in Rich Square, North Carolina on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Mildred was born December 9, 1926 in Rockingham County. She moved to Rich Square after graduating from East Carolina Teachers College. In addition to being a teacher, she worked as an insurance agent and ran her own business as a tax accountant, where she served her clients until her retirement. She supported her children in all of their activities, rarely missing a game or performance, and she served on countless school and church committees. She and Thomas always had bountiful gardens and enjoyed sharing what they grew. Mildred was a wonderful cook who never let her children return to college without a box full of home-cooked food. She delighted in watching the birds outside her kitchen window. She loved flowers – growing them, picking them, and shouting out with pleasure when she spotted colorful ones on the roadside. She was always ready to jump in the car and go anywhere, particularly if there were peaches or strawberries to be picked along the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Garfield and Daisy Pruitt; her brother, Robert Pruitt; her sisters Lillie Pruitt Cassidy and Anna Pruitt Massey; one daughter, Betsy Brown Chandler; and her husband of 62 years, Thomas Eugene Brown.

She is survived by her children; Anne Brown, Tom Brown (Viva), David Brown (Anne), John Brown (Joella), Jenny Brown, and Lou Brown (Jack Knight); grand-children Meghan Brown Grant (David), Lyndal Brown White (Thadd), Parker Brown, Amelia Brown, and Benjamin Knight; and great-grandchildren Alex White and Camden White.

The family would like to thank the loving women who cared for their mother: Veneice Benton, Sharlene Maggette, Karen Blackwell, Denise Wiggins, and Laverne Suggs.

Visitation will be held 7:00-8:30 pm, Tuesday, July 18, at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Services in Rich Square. A memorial service will be held at Rich Square United Methodist Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Rich Square United Methodist Church, PO Box 12, Rich Square, NC 27869 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Brown family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Elena Strickler
6 years ago

Hello cousins. I’m very sorry for your loss and am thinking of you all.

Diane Lyles
6 years ago

My prayers and thoughts are with the family. She was one of the matriarchs of our little town!! Such a sweet and caring person.

Tam Beamon
6 years ago

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Cathy & Red
6 years ago

So sorry to read of the loss of Mrs. Brown. May all the memories help support you in this time of grief.

Rex & Marcia Jones
6 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

angie wheeler
6 years ago

So sorry for your loss you all are in my thoughts and prayers

Amy Lyles
6 years ago

Dear Brown Family,
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. When we lived in NC this family was part of ours. David, Anne and Meghan…you are always in my thoughts. Great memories were made and will never be forgotten. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and may God help ease the pain felt by the loss. Love you all.

Amy Brown
6 years ago

So sorry to hear about Mildred’s passing. Will keep the family in my prayers.

Amy Brown
6 years ago

My mother (Forrestine Brown) thought the world of Mildred as do l and she told me many stories of the fun times getting to know her when they lived in the Teacherage near Rich Square High School. Mildred was one of my mother’s bridesmaids and the two of them recollected when Mildred came to Spencer, NC to help make the bridesmaids dresses. Mother had more fun with Mildred and considerd her one of her greatest friends.

Danielle Baker
6 years ago

Praying for the Brown family. Mrs. Mildred was a sweet person and I so enjoyed seeing her. She had spunk and will be missed.