John Robert Brown October 18, 1921 - March 13, 2013 CHARLOTTE - Our beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13 at Carolinas Medical Center after a long, happy and eventful life. A Patrick County, Virginia native, he was valedictorian of his class at Hardin Reynolds Memorial School in Critz, Virginia. He was also a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, where he was elected civilian class president. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he volunteered for the US Navy
and trained at Officer Candidate School at Columbia University in New York. He served as a supply officer on the Destroyer Escort USS Doherty in the south Pacific during WW II. While stationed at the Naval Ordinance Plant in Louisville, Kentucky after the war he met his future wife at a bridge party where he was called in as a substitute fourth hand. Six weeks later they married and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he attended the Baker Graduate School of Business at Harvard and received an MBA. He started his career with Escott, Grogan in Louisville, Kentucky and earned his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1950. He was then hired as controller of Utica Mohawk Mills in Clemson, SC and spent the next 33 years working for them and the parent company, JP Stevens, in Charlotte and New York. He retired from JP Stevens in Charlotte and started his own public accounting practice at the age of 66. He retired again at age 76. John Brown was a left handed golfer with a swing that was so painful for others to behold that he most often played alone, which didn't bother him because he preferred to walk the course at Carmel, anyway, and few could keep up with him. He also loved Braves baseball and followed them closely after he retired from work to devote himself to writing his quirky memoirs, which he would sell to unsuspecting guests at his many dinner parties. Many of us now cherish our copies of his "Magic Years". John is predeceased by his wife, Lois Deats Brown. He is survived by his brother, James Clyde Brown of Critz, Virginia, his daughter Rebecca Brown in Jinotega, Nicaragua, his daughter Sara Gayl in Long Beach, California, his son Robert Brown in Kannapolis, his son Edward Brown in Cary and his daughter Bess Blackburn in Wilmington. He is also survived by his much adored grandchildren, Charlie Legeman in Knoxville, Tennessee, James Legeman in Manhattan Beach, California, Nicole Brown in Charlotte and Stephen Brown, a senior at NC State. A memorial service will be held at Providence Methodist Church on Monday, March 18 at 2PM.