Frances Brown

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Frances Harley Brown

MANNING — Frances Harley Brown, 98 of Manning, SC died late Wednesday evening, September 25, 2013 at Tuomey Hospital, Sumter, S.C. following an extended illness.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2013, at Manning United Church in Manning , SC. The family will receive friends at the residence 310 North Meadow Drive, Manning, SC on Saturday, September 27, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Born September 14, 1915 in Orangeburg, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Irvin Sylvanus Harley and Fannie Olivia Ruple Harley. She was a graduate of Orangeburg H.S. and attended Lander College. In 1937, Frances and her late husband Travis Brown Sr. co-founded and operated Browns 5 & 10 in Manning. She was a member of the Manning United Methodist Church and former teacher of the Nelle Wells Sunday School Class and leader of the Nelle Wells Circle of the Church. Frances was a charter member and past president of the Azalea Garden Club and a member of numerous bridge clubs. She was predeceased by a daughter Frances Elizabeth "Betsi" Brown and a daughter-in-law Sue McKnight Brown.

Survivors are a son, Travis Brown Jr.of Manning; 2 daughters, Cynthia Brown Whitaker and her husband John Paul of Newberry and Cheri Lyn Brown of Cherry Grove; 5 Grandchildren, Frances Brown King "Francie", Travis M. Brown III and his wife Patty, Elizabeth Martin Capps, Laura Helen Whitaker Mangum and her husband Grier and Mary Frances Whitaker Northcutt and her husband Vince, 4 Great Grandchildren, Travis M. Brown IV "Tripp", Susan King Orck and her husband Joey, Frances Caroline King "Caroline" and Whit Mangum. Also a number of Nieces and Nephews.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to special friends, Mellissa, Dorothy, Mary Lee, Odessa and Pam for the love and excellent care provided to our Mother during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the building Fund at Manning United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 68, Manning, SC 29102.

Dukes-Harley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in The Newberry Observer from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2013