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Gary Lee Brown passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Carolina’s Medical Center Charlotte. He was born in Statesville, NC on August 11, 1944, son of the late Sue and Conrad L. Brown, Sr. of Troutman, NC.
Raised in Troutman, he graduated from Troutman High School in 1962. Family and many friends affectionately called him “Butch.” He briefly attended college at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a life-long learner in many disciplines, he instilled his abiding curiosity and love for learning in his children. His awe in and reverence for life and God never diminished.
He retired from Bruning and Federle of Statesville where he worked in sales with may esteemed and valued peers. Gary was an avid self taught computer geek and relished building computers and de-bugging programs. He loved all gadgets, great movies and music and had a mysterious affection for office supplies.
He considered himself blessed to have many longtime, loyal, and entertaining friends. The company and companionship he shard with them enriched his life immeasurably. He cherished them all, and he was cherished in return. He was a beloved father and grandfather. His children will miss him greatly. Among many many other things, they will miss his crisp earthy humor, his unyielding passion for life and spiritual enlightenment, and their lively discussions about food, food, and food.
Gary is survived by his three beloved and adoring children: Laury S. Brown and Carmen Bass, both of Statesville and US Army Staff Sargent Justin Brown of Raeford, NC as well as two beautiful grandchildren: Christina Bass and Rome Brown. He is survived by his amazing sister, Gail Armour of Winston Salem and two endearing brothers, Conrad L. Brown, Jr. of Troutman and Charles Brown of Statesville, NC.
The children thank the doctors, residents and staff at Genesis in Mooresville, NC for their care and consideration given to their father. They also extend gratitude to Dr. Sever Surdulescu, Lake Norman Regional Hospital, and Carolina’s Medical Center of Charlotte for the exceptional care he received over the years. Gary’s family are carrying out his wishes to be cremated. Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, North Carolina is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
No service is scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials, and the like, Gary asked that each person honor his spirit in the way that suits them best.
Sylvia Bush Price says
Carmen know that my prayers for God’s comforting arms to remain around you and your family as you face this sad time in your lives.
Jerry Wagner says
Butch had a very successful life as witnessed by the adoration and love of his children and birth family. May God bless his soul and grant him eternal peace in Heaven
Nancy Kyles Livingston says
My sympathy to the Brown Family.
Connie Caviness says
To my dear neices, Laury and Carmen, also, Justin, your Dad was an amazing man! He had a wonderful sense of humor and love of life as described above and we will all miss him so very much…but I know that God is happy to have him home! Hope you find some peace and comfort in your loving memories of him. My prayers, as always are with you…I love you guys.
Becky Freeze Royster says
May Butch and his family be at peace. I have many fond memories of growing up with him.
Penny Townsend says
A better friend could be found nowhere! “Linus”, as I affectionally called him, brought so much joy, laughter and positivity into my life! Carmen, Lauri and Justin… Your amazing father touched many lives… I know he touched mine! Remember how much I love you!
Carlos Hilton says
Dear Carmen and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I never met your Dad, I heard many wonderful things about him. The love and admiration for him was always evident when you spoke about him. May God bless you all during this difficult time and may you find peace in the beautiful memories of your Dad. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Carlos Hilton
Carol Jordan Phillips says
Dear Conrad, Gail, Charles & Families
Such great memories of our growing up together in Troutman & attending schools together, it’s with great saddness to read about the passing of Butch; a part of our Troutman families. The obit was well presented for a great, inspiring tribute to Butch; thanks for such a beautiful eulogy to leave for all of us. Words are so inadequate at this time; but we do sincerely offer our deepest sympathies to all & our prayers for your healing days ahead.
Randy Jordan, Carol Jordan Phillips, Glenda Jordan Goodman
Barbara Bowden says
Laury and Carmen, I knew your father for a very long time. I always loved Butch! I know how much he loved you girls and how proud he was of all of you. I know too how much you you loved him and how much you will miss him!! He touched so many lives with his kindness and compassion, he will truly be missed. I will always be here for you girls and your mom!! Love Aunt Barbara XOXO!!!
Mary Ann Fisher says
We at Genesis want to say how much we were blessed to have known and cared for Gary. He was a precious friend to us all. May God grant you peace beyond measure in the coming days, months and years. God Bless you all.
Chris Robertson says
Laury, I was saddened to read about the loss of your father. May his memories keep you in peace each day and bring a smile to your face.