COLERAIN, NC – Nancy Gale Brown, beloved public school teacher and devoted member of the community, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2024, at ECU Health Roanoke Chowan Hospital. She was born on June 3, 1935, in Bertie County, North Carolina. Nancy was 88 years old at the time of her passing.
Nancy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, demonstrating her commitment to lifelong learning. Nancy dedicated her life to education, serving as a public school teacher in South Norfolk and Chesapeake, Virginia. She had a passion for teaching and positively impacted the lives of countless students throughout her career. Nancy’s commitment to her profession was evident in her unwavering dedication and love for her students.
Outside of her work, Nancy had a variety of interests that brought her joy. She was an avid fan of college basketball, particularly the Duke Blue Devils. Nancy found great pleasure in watching the games and cheering on her favorite team. Additionally, she had a green thumb and took pride in her beautiful yard and flowers. Her gardening skills were unmatched, and her yard was a testament to her talent and love for nature.
One of Nancy’s favorite pastimes was playing the slot machines with her brother and her dear friend, Ellen Askew. They would spend hours enjoying each other’s company and trying their luck. These moments created cherished memories that Nancy held close to her heart.
Nancy was a faithful member of Mars Hill Baptist Church, where she found solace and spiritual guidance. Her involvement in the church community brought her comfort and a sense of belonging.
Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Ralph E. Brown, her mother, Juanita Brown, and her son, Bobby Glidden. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her surviving family and friends, including her granddaughter, Shaunna Jernigan, of Colerain, North Carolina; her brother and partner, Ray Jackson Brown and Charles “Chase” Smith, of Chesapeake, Virginia; and her great-grandchildren, Ayden Lane, Timothy Jernigan Jr., and Emma Jernigan, all of Colerain, North Carolina.
A memorial service to celebrate Nancy’s life will be held at Mars Hill Baptist Church in Colerain, North Carolina, on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Al Hughson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to Mars Hill Baptist Church, 1325 Meadow Road, Colerain, NC 27924 or online clicking here
The Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements for the Brown Family. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.garrettsykesfs.com.