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Gregory "Brownie" Eugene Brown passed away peacefully early March 29, 2017, at Community Hospital of Anderson, with his daughter, Michelle Cripe at his side.
Gregory was born Dec. 1, 1949, at St. John's Hickory Memorial Hospital in Anderson. He attended Anderson Community Schools and graduated from Anderson High School in 1968. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and upon returning from service, he was employed by the City of Anderson.
Gregory was later employed by Guide Corp., a division of General Motors, until his retirement. He was an active member of United Auto Workers Local 663, where he held the position of trustee for several years.
Gregory was a proud volunteer with Emergency Management until his health prevented him from continued participation.
Old westerns, music, crossword puzzles, and basketball were some of his favorite pastimes. He was an avid bowler and participated in many leagues. Gregory enjoyed family gatherings where he always presented his "signature hams."
Greg was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church and served as president of the Senior Choir. His first and foremost love was as a member of The Men's Chorus under the directorship of William "Teddy" Patterson.
He was a friend to many and dearly loved by all who came to know him.
Gregory leaves behind to cherish his memory two daughters, Michelle (Scott) Cripe of Indianapolis, and Teresa (George Johnson II) White of Stone Mountain, Ga.; a son, Jeremy Brown of New Castle; his sister, whom he affectionately called "Baby Sister", Sheryl Chappell-Leavell of Anderson; three grand-children, Carrie (Chuck) Pennington, Taylor and Cameron White; two stepsisters, Lorene Nave-Craig of Ellenwood, Ga., and Mary Nave-Sembly, Anderson; three stepbrothers, James Nave Sr., Ed Nave and Tommy Nave, all of Anderson; sister-in-law, Rhonda Mansour of Albany, Ga.; brother-in-law, Dean Leavell I of Anderson; aunt, Barbara (Kenneth) Walker of Houston, Texas; one uncle, Donald "Tookie" (Sophia) Streaty of Anderson; former wives, Maria Haynes (mother of his daughters) of Anderson, and Adrienne Brown of Atlanta, Ga.; special friends, Peggy Smith, Ollie Dixon, Robert and Donald Jones, Alisha and Billy Harris, Joe Cochran, Iris and Teddy Patterson; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, including the family of Tom and Marian Townsend.
Gregory was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy (Dorothy Streaty) Chappell, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene (Berniece Nave) Brown; his brother, Stewart M. Brown Sr.; and a sister, Barbara Marie Dobbins.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and two hours prior to the noon service on Friday at New Hope United Methodist Church, 1503 Rev. J.T. Menifee St., Anderson, with the Rev. Ray Wilkins Sr., pastor, officiating. Interment will be in East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson.
Services entrusted to Glazebrooks Funeral Service with live streaming available at www.glazebrooksfs.com.
Published on April 4, 2017
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