Charles P. Brown Jr.

Newport News, Virginia

1944 - 2018


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Charles P. Brown, Jr. passed away peacefully on July 5, 2018 at Sentara CarePlex Hospital. He was born in Newport News, VA on February 9, 1944 and raised in Hampton by his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Brown, Sr. He was a proud graduate of Phenix High School, class of 1962, where he was an outstanding athlete and student. From there, he attended Virginia State College (now University), where he met his future wife, Pamela. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University, after which he served as a Peace Corp volunteer in the Philippines where he taught mathematics. Upon his return to the United States, he and Pam were immediately married and began their careers as educators in the Hampton School System, as well as the family they had planned and dreamed about during their freshman year at Virginia State. Charles became a well-known football coach at Bethel High School and Hampton University. He enjoyed teaching the game of football to high school and college students but he was most known for teaching the game of life. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 49 years, Pamela Carrington Brown; three sons, Milan (Tina), Morocco (Kendra) and Marseilles Brown. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Mekhi, Nyla, Sanaa, Macari, Macaiden and Makailyn Brown; one godson, Charles R. Badger, Jr.; and two goddaughters, Aissa Agcanas and Kymani Pearson-Brown. A funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Second Baptist Church East End, Newport News. Viewing will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 with the family present to receive friends from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Brown will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. O.H. Smith & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.

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My dear cousin Pam, may God bring you comfort to help ease the pain as you move forward.

I am very sorry for the loss many of us feel. I played football at Bethel in the 70's and Coach Brown made a big impact on me. Later my wife Ruth taught at Bethel and I would see Coach Brown from time to time. I regret that I did not learn of his passing in time to pay my respects in person. Peace and Love to the family and all of us who will miss him.

Hi Pam,We are sorry for your lost. We always enjoyed Charles when we would run into him Keep the hand of the Lord in your hand at all time Larry & Delores Watts I God Bless

Aunt Pam, Milan, Marocco, and Marseilles,Sending you thoughts, prayers, and love for Uncle Charlie. Love you all.

Coach Brown will be sorely missed. He was an integral piece of the building blocks that grew to be the Hampton Fighting Pirates of the 80's and 90's. He instilled his fire and desire into our team and we grew as men and as a team in large part because of him. His brand of coaching made you want to run through walls for him, give your all for him. A true players coach. He will be fondly remembered by us all.

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

Mr.Brown was truly an Amazing instructor and friend. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. He had all the funny jokes, all of the real life stories , I consider him as a man with purpose that mentored to people to help them move forward. It was always a joy to be in presence. R.I.H Charlie Brown

Mrs. Brown and family,
Our family was very saddened to hear of Charlie's passing. Our deepest condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We regret that we will not be able to attend the services due to Georgia's care requirements. Bob and Georgia Hunter (BHS) and family.

Pam and family
So sorry to hear about the passing of Charlie
He was a great friend. Always a kind word. While coaching at Bethel. His sense of humor helped us through many trying times. May God grant you peace and comfort as you celebrate his life