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Duane L. Brown

Petersburg, Virginia

Apr 12, 1984 – Feb 7, 2020 (Age 35)


April 12, 1984
February 7, 2020
Petersburg, Virginia


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“To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die… a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance…”   Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4-5

On the morning of Friday, February 7, 2020, our hearts were saddened by the sudden loss of our beloved loved one and friend, Mr. Duane Lamont Brown, so affectionately known as “Chop” to his family and friends.

Duane was a native of Chesterfield County born on April 12,1984 to Delphi Pettiford and Llurick Brown. He was a 2003 graduate of Matoaca High School where he played basketball. He was a December 2007, graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science in Design Technology. Duane was employed as a design engineer at American GFM Corporation in Chesapeake, Virginia since October 2011 and as an Assistant Manager at Mack’s Great American Grill in Chesapeake, Virginia since the summer of 2018.

Duane will always be remembered for his infectious but sometime mischievous smile. He will be missed for his stylish attire, his jokes, willingness to serve as the grill master or bartender, and his zeal for life especially on the dance floor. His dedication and commitment to the projects and organizations he participated in will be a living tribute. Duane was a die-hard New England Patriots and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William Henry Pettiford and Mrs. Dorothy Mae (Thomas) Pettiford and paternal grandparents, Mr. Obediah Stith, Sr. and Mrs. Mary Alice (Whorl) Stith. In addition to his grandparents, he was preceded in death by his uncles- Garland Brown, Don Pettiford, Kevin Pankey, and Deacon James A. Jones III.

Duane’s memory will always be cherished by his parents, Mrs. Delphi Coleman (Deacon Marvin) and Deacon Llurick Brown, Sr. (Paulette) all of South Chesterfield, Virginia; his brother, Mr. Llurick Brown, Jr. of South Chesterfield, Virginia.; his sister, Ms. Toi Coleman of Dallas, Texas; and his god-mother, Ms. Pamela Evans of Chesterfield, Virginia. He is also survived by his aunts, Ms. Glenda J. Pettiford of Fort Myers, Florida, Mrs. Cheryl P. Jones, Ms. Sophronia C. Pettiford, Mrs. Felicia D. Thompson (Ernest) all of South Chesterfield, Virginia, Mrs. Delpha F. Sanders (Elick) of Petersburg, Virginia, Mrs. Vanessa Carroll (Steven) of Spotsylvania, Virginia, and Mrs. Odessa Pankey of North Chesterfield, Virginia; uncles, Mr. Juan G. Pettiford of Petersburg, Virginia, Mr. Ronald Lee Brown of Richmond, Virginia and Mr. Obediah Stith, Jr. (Rolanda) of Chesterfield, Virginia. In addition, he is survived by numerous cousins, many who were more like his brothers and sisters; several great-aunts, extended family, and many close friends including Ms. Tatanisha Council of Portsmouth, Virginia.

Service will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA, the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs, Sr., Pastor and Rev. Damion T. Batts, eulogist.  Interment to follow at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. 

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

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Saddened to hear of your loss. May God be with you in comforting ways as you process this loss of your lived one.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. RIP Chop

My deepest Sympathies go out to the Brown family.
May God give you the peace that you seek.

What I remember most is his welcoming smile. Please know that the family is in my prayers during this time. I know the Lord will strengthen you all for the days ahead.

Sending my love, thoughts and prayers to my cousin Delphi (Fee) and all of my Brown, Pettiford, and Thomas family. Love and miss you all. Duane was one of our best and brightest and will truly be missed. He was a great example of a hardworking, fun loving, and positive young man. May he rest in peace and remain forever in our hearts. Much love to you Family.

You will truly be missed!! You were always so kind hearted and always kept a smile on your face. Although we both from the 804.. NSU connected us as friends. Rest In Peace in the land of the Lord. My sincere sympathies and condolences to your family. I am truly sorry for your loss.


Duane u will b greatly missed everytime im with my bestie u always gave me a hard time not in a bad way but im very glad to hv known u for these 8 yrs and making my friend happy i will never forget yr smiling joking face love u ...

Duane will truly be missed. He had an infectious smile and loving personality. He met no strangers and had a big heart. RIH my friend!