Thomas Eugene Brown, age 85, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. He was born in Northampton County where he has lived all of his life. Mr. Brown was a life time member of Rich Square United Methodist Church. He was married to the love of his life for 62 years and to this marriage was born seven children. Thomas was a loving husband, father, and grandfather to his family. Mr. Brown followed in his father’s footsteps as a rural mail carrier. He retired from dairy farming and always kept a passion for growing things. Thomas loved people and never met a stranger. To those that knew him knew he would do anything he could for anyone in need.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Peele and Everette Brown, one daughter, Betsy Brown Chandler, two sisters; Margaret Dunning and Louise Womble, and one brother, James ‘Doc’ Everette Brown.
Surviving Mr. Brown is his wife, Mildred Brown of the home, three daughters; Anne Brown of Rich Square, NC, Jenny Brown of Hilton Head, SC, and Lou Brown and husband Jack Knight of Chapel Hill, NC, three sons; Tom Brown and wife Viva of Rich Square, NC, David Brown and wife Ann of Jackson, NC, and John Brown and wife Joella of Jackson, NC, grandchildren, Meghan Brown, Lyndal White and husband Thadd, Parker Brown, Amelia Brown and Benjamin Knight, Great Grandchildren, Alex and Camden White
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10 AM at Rich Square United Methodist Church, Rich Square, NC, with the Rev. Rob Licht officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Rich Square, NC. The family will receive friends at any time at the home of Mr. Brown’s daughter, Anne, 2264 NC Hwy 305, Rich Square, NC.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Rich Square United Methodist Church, PO Box 312, Rich Square NC 27869
I was recently visiting home when my mom told me of your loss and I was so sorry to hear of it. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in this time.
Scott, Denise, Jake and Nate West
John and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. You can assured his legacy survives through you.
I was so sorry to have read about Thomas passing away in the Roanoke Chowan Herald. He was a very special man & will be missed greatly. I know that my father thought the world of Thomas as he did all of his cousins. Ya’ll are in my prayers.
I was deeply sorrowed to hear of Thomas’ passing. He was a wonderful friend to so many, supported each of us in every sport at the high school when I was there. He supported his church is so many ways and was truly a town leader in every sense of the word. He’ll be missed. May the Lord comfort his family in this hour of their need. I am so sorry I could not be with you at the funeral.
We send our sympathy to Miss Mildred and the Brown children. Mr. Thomas was a wonderful man and down the road neighbor. His gentle nature and love of people was evident. We will miss him. The Lovegrove Family
Happy for the man that has passed on to his reward. What a guy. I never ever saw him without a smile, well actually an expectant grin.
Want all of you Browns to know that you have been and will be in our hearts and prayers.
Bill and Tena
David,Anne and family,
You are in our thoughts. Your father was a true Northampton county man – the salt of the earth. We are sure that he was a great influence on many just as you all have been in your encounters along the way.
Much sympathy to all the family. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping that you will find the strength and peace that you need to get you through this sad time.
We will like to express words of sympathy to the family of Thomas E. Brown. Mr. Brown was a friend and neighbor. We shared the same age. May god continue to comfort each of you in this time of sorrow
Thoughts go out to all my cousins. I’ll sure miss the hug I got every time I visited Mom and Dad and attended church with them.
Elena Brown Strickler