Florence Brown "Marie" Carithers
NEWPORT NEWS - Florence "Marie" Brown Carithers, daughter of Percy and Roberta Greene Brown, died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in Newport News, Va.
Born in Gates County, N.C., on May 6, 1922, Marie moved to Newport News with her parents when she was four years old. She graduated from Newport News High School in June, 1939, and attended Newport News Business College. In 1941, she accepted a position as a Receptionist and Medical Assistant in a local physician's office, and worked there for eight years. She also worked for another physician in Alabama during part of WW II, and as a Laboratory Technician.
In 1952, Marie became a Licensed Registered Agent for all types of insurance and worked with her husband in his firm. After that business was sold in 1963, she obtained a Real Estate broker's license. She was a Realtor, a graduate of the Realtor Institute, and a member of the local, state, and national boards of real estate until her retirement in 1987.
Marie was a member of First Baptist Church of Newport News for more than 70 years. She sang in the Sanctuary choir for more than 50 years, and served as a section leader and soloist for 12 years. During this time, she sang at both the downtown and suburban location each Sunday. She was piano accompanist for the Primary and Junior choirs for eight years, and a charter member of the Senior choir, "The Swinging Singers." She was active in many aspects of the church, including Sunday School teacher, Training Union leader, and Women's Missionary Union President. She served on many committees, including the first Building Committee when the church started building at the suburban location on Warwick Blvd.
Marie met her late husband, Paul Norman Carrithers, at First Baptist Church. At the time of his death in 2000, they had been married for 56 years. They had three daughters.
Marie was an avid gardener, and enjoyed reading, and music. She especially enjoyed singing. After recovering from a serious illness at the age of 51, she began taking voice lessons. She sang her first solo on Good Friday in April, 1974. As her love of singing grew, Marie decided to pursue a music degree at Christopher Newport College. In 1986, at the age of 64, she graduated with honors and earned a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts, with a concentration Vocal Performance.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her three brothers, William Newell Brown, Percy Leonard Brown, and Harold Starling Brown; and her sister-in-law, Gladys M. Brown.
She is survived by her three daughters, Faye C. Roberts (Claude); Kaye L. Carrithers (Thomas J. Meeks); and Gaye C. Bruce (Thomas). Also surviving are six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd, Newport News 23606, with the funeral immediately following at 11 a.m.
Funeral arrangements are with Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published by Daily Press from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2010.
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Dear Gaye,
I have fond memories of your home and mother during our college years. God bless you and your family at this time.
Cheryl Rose
February 12, 2010
Dear Gaye,
Your mother was a special person. I have fond memories of your home and mother during our college years. God bless you and your family at this time.
Cheryl Rose
February 12, 2010

Dear Faye, Kaye and Gaye,
I was sorry to hear of Marie's passing. She was a dear cousin and I will miss seeing her when I visit The Chesapeake. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time.
Venita Whitley
February 11, 2010
I was so sorry to hear about your mother's death. What a beautiful legacy she has left for each of you. I read the obituary, and what a wonderful Christian woman who touched so many lives. We met when we lived in Virgina over 25 years ago and I am honored to have met your mother.
She has fought a good fight and has been victorious over many obstacles these past few years. Faye shared with me about your mother's wonderful sense of humor. She was such a great role mode. My thoughts and prayers are with and and will be with you tomorrow as you honor your mother's life and memories.

Love, Kathy Blevins
February 11, 2010
Dear Faye,
Although we've lost touch with each other over the years, I am saddened to read of your mother's death. My thoughts are with you and your sisters at this difficult time.
Mary Ann Plichta Brown
February 11, 2010
I would like to extend my sincerest sympathy to Faye, Kaye and Gaye. Your mom was like a second mother to me. May God bless each one of you and the family.
Annette Eley
February 11, 2010
A strong, honorable, loving woman who has been an inspiration for anyone who ever knew her. She will be deeply missed and remembered for her faith, courage, intelligence, and loving sense of humor.

Her memory will always bring a smile to my face. I will always remember our college days together and of how proud I felt every time she walked by my work desk at Christopher Newport's Campus Center and I would hear that familiar voice saying "Hi Brenda!" as she quickly dashed by to go to class. I am blessed to have had such an awesome Aunt! I will miss you, but know we'll be together again someday.
Brenda Parent
February 11, 2010
My deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother. She was a very special lady and I thank God that she came into my life. My prayers will be with each of you.
Teeny Anderson
February 11, 2010
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