Mr. Walter Monroe "Buster" Brown III, 78, of Burlington, passed away on July 26, 2014 after a long illness. He was born in Greensboro on July 22, 1936 to Walter Monroe Brown, Jr. and Margaret Holt Brown. He was the great-great grandson of textile pioneer Edwin Michael Holt.
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He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Sara McMillan Brown. He is survived by his wife, Jane Swain Brown; daughter, Sally Brown Vasko of El Paso, Texas; son, Walter Monroe Brown, IV of Atlanta, Georgia and son, Robert Timothy Brown of Burlington. He is also survived by grandchildren, Lindsay Vasko, Ben Vasko, Alex Brown, Annie Brown and Walt Brown as well as sisters, Elizabeth Brown Wooten and Holt Brown McLean (Tom) of Burlington.
Buster was raised in Burlington, graduated from high school at the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia and went on to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduating from the University of North Carolina and a stint in the U.S. Army, he began his professional career as an investment banker.
To know Buster was to know that his great loves were his family, The Boy Scouts of America, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Buster will be remembered for his quick wit and delightful sense of humor.
His Scouting service began as a Scout Master, and it evolved into service as District Chairman, Council President, Area Seven Vice President for seven years, and National Boy Scout Committee Member for thirty years. Buster was on the first national Boy Scouts with Special Needs Committee. He served on the Boy Scout Ranch Committee at Philmont, New Mexico for 27 years and was honored with the naming of the "Buster Brown Building". Buster served on the National Boy Scout Jamboree Program Committee for eight jamborees over 32 years. His service to his home community was honored as Alamance County Man of the Year in 1999. Buster received Boy Scouts' highest service award in 2008, The Silver Buffalo Award, for outstanding service on a national basis.
He was a lifetime member of Holy Comforter Church and served the church in many capacities including seven terms as Senior Warden.
Buster was loyal to any Tar Heel sports team and was a member of the Rams Club for 63 years. He was a member of Alamance Country Club and the Alamance County Historical Museum. He served both as President.
The family is very grateful to the staff at the Twin Lakes Memory Care Unit for their many kindnesses. The family is also appreciative for the care during his stay at The Hospice Home.
A memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter officiated by the Reverend David Williams, Rector Emeritus at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014. The family will receive guests following the service in the Great Hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to The Endowment Fund of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, P.O. Box 1336, Burlington, NC 27216.
Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is assisting the family.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
306 Glenwood Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215
Published in TheTimesNews.com from July 26 to July 27, 2014