Helen Brown

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CHARLOTTE — Mrs. Helen Hall Brown, 83, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in her home at The Carriage Club. Helen was born Aug. 31, 1930, in Winston-Salem and grew up in Yadkin County. She was the daughter of Richard Lee Hall and Nellie Pardue Hall. Helen and her husband, Coy Gray Brown, were married for 62 years. During their marriage, they moved many times when he served in the Air Force and later when he was a golf professional. After moving to Morehead City, Helen worked for over 20 years with the Carteret County Board of Education, then retired to Charlotte. Coy and Helen loved traveling with their grandchildren and spent numerous summers on cross country car trips with their family. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Coy; and two brothers, Hubert and Howard Hall. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Alexander, and her husband, Heath, of Charlotte; grandson, Heath Alexander, and his wife, Susan, of Asheville; granddaughter, Kelsey Alexander Caldwell, and her husband, Derrick, also of Charlotte; two sisters, Betty Deason and Anne Hinkle; and a number of nieces and nephews. While living on the Outer Banks, Helen and Coy were members of Kitty Hawk Baptist Church, then later enjoyed church services at The Carriage Club and looked forward to attending on Sunday mornings. Helen loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was very loving, kind and a truly wonderful mother and grandmother. Helen loved to bake bread and was well-known for her "Nini bread"and her pound cakes. She could always be counted on to provide the homemade sourdough bread for any function. She made countless friends at The Carriage Club and was dearly loved by the other residents and staff. She will be deeply missed by all. A service to celebrate Helen's life will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in the Assisted Living Center of The Carriage Club. Friends, family, staff, and residents are all welcome. The family will receive everyone following the service. The family would like to thank the dedicated and loving staff of The Carriage Club for their wonderful care of "Mrs. Helen." She was spoiled by everyone there and loved so genuinely by the entire staff. Her special Carriage Club nurse, Ava Gomez, went above and beyond in providing exemplary care to not only Helen, but her whole family as well. In the last months, Helen was especially well cared for by her companion, Stephanie Gibson, who has become a part of her family, taking Helen to family holiday celebrations; even all of her granddaughter's wedding functions. Helen called her "my Stephanie" and was never as calm or secure feeling when anyone but Stephanie was caring for her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Community Church, c/o The Carriage Club of Charlotte, 5800 Old Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226, or to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at

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Hankins & Whittington
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Published in The Yadkin Ripple from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2014
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