PORTSMOUTH - Roger Lee Brown, Sr., 84, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021. He was born on May 1, 1937 in Surry County; and was preceded in death by his parents, Altemus Edwindell Brown Sr. and Nancy Brown. Roger was a sports legend to many, a restaurateur and an active member to his local community, but most of all he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather to his family. Roger was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions and the LA Rams; and after his NFL career Roger became a restauranteur. He opened many restaurants, including Roger Browns in Portsmouth VA.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 28 years, Kathryn Holm Brown; his children, Tony Brown and wife Joann, Ann Brown Rogers and husband Michael, Roger Brown, Jr. and wife Jennifer, Nick Brown and wife Kacy, Thomas Holm, William Holm, Robert Holm and wife Debbie, Julie Holm-Giardino and husband Mark and James Holm and wife Samanta; a brother, Altemus E. Brown, Jr. and wife Marjorie; two sisters, Laura McLarty and Jocelyn Lawson; sixteen grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 5:30 - 8 PM at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. A funeral service and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by check to the "Roger Browns Foundation, Inc." and given to Sturtevant Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Sep. 19, 2021.