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Shirley Franklin “Frank” Brown, Jr., 75, of Salisbury, NC passed on October 16th, 2020 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center after a brief illness. Belinda, his wife of 33 years, told him “Sweet Dreams” as he passed from our presence. He served in the United States Air Force from 1962-1971, serving in Vietnam, Turkey, & Germany.
He met Belinda at Rockwell AmVets Post 845 in 1985 through a mutual friend. They were married a year later in Greenville, NC. He enjoyed many different hobbies after he moved to Greenville including hunting, raising hunting dogs and all things hunting, fishing, especially at the outer banks or ocean and excursions with friends and family, professional wedding and wildlife photography, baking and also shooting and collecting guns. He joined the Wildlife Club in Greenville, NC where he was a Safety Officer and taught others to shoot. He especially loved working there on Children’s Day. He loved target shooting with friends and family and enjoyed this after he moved back to Salisbury.
He worked in residential and commercial maintenance until retirement. He was a Bartender in earlier years and also worked in the mobile home industry. Frank survived two cancer diagnosis, cancer treatments and other major health obstacles in recent years but always continued to be a fighter. He was a true friend to those around him and he will be missed by all.
Frank was preceded in death by his father, Shirley Franklin Brown, Sr., and mother, Rosetta Clark Brown, and a nephew, George Phillip Brown, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Belinda Flake Brown, daughter, Paula Black (Bill) of Clinton, NC, grandson, Kyle Holland of Greenville, NC & granddaughter, Jordan Woolard (Nick) of Greenville, NC, and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Kylie & Kaelynn. He is also survived by brother, George Brown (Fran) of Harrisburg, and two sisters, Loree Miller (John) of Waxhaw, and Martha Furr (Johnny) of Kannapolis. Three nephews, Eric Brown (Cheryl) of Mint Hill, Scott Furr (Myra) of Kannapolis, and Tyler Phelps of Matthews, and one niece, Lauren Phelps (Mahdi) of Charlotte. One great nephew, Ayden Vu of Charlotte, and two great nieces, Taylor and Hannah of Kannapolis.
There will be no service. Memorials may be made to: Rockwell AmVets Post 845, P.O. Box 968, Rockwell, NC 28138.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the Brown family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
James Adams says
My condolences to the brown family
Ralphalina Wetmore says
So sorry to hear of his passing… prayers to you and the family!!!
Sis Morefield says
Belinda, we are so sorry to hear this news. Frankie Brown was a great friend. He fought a hard battle. Praying for comfort for you and family. We love you! Soar high Frankie!
Nob and Janet Zalme says
Prayers for my dear friend, Martha, and all the family. May God’s peace and comfort surround you all during this difficult time.
Kathy Earnhardt says
Oh my, Belinda I am sooo sorry. Love you, Kathy and Donnie Earnhardt
Ron Vanhoy says
He will definitely be missed by all, such a sweet man
Mike McNeely says
So sorry to hear about frank. He will be truly missed by so many. God bless you Belinda and all of the family.
Tammy Barger Bowers says
So sorry for your loss. Frank was a good man and will be missed by many. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Lee & Padgett Goodman says
Belinda, we are sorry for your loss. Please know you and the family are in our prayers. God bless you.
Tracy Seeley says
I’m so sorry . Frank and you are the reason my son and his girlfriend ever got together . He was always very kind to me . He will be missed by my family. Bless you . You are in my prayers!!
Ira Garrett says
Sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. We had some good times working together at Simpson Industries / Metaldyne.