Howard JR Brown

howard brown

Howard JR Brown, 90, passed away Friday, April 22, 2022 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Howard was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He believed in an honest day’s work.  He worked at Standard Mineral, Claysons and 33 years at Lancers.  He was proud of his family history as the grandson of Turner Brown, who owned and operated Browns Mill, in Northern Moore County for many years.  He was often heard to say “I have the best family in the whole world.”  He had the ability to make each family member feel that they were his favorite.    Howard was known to be a “talker”.  Visits from family and friends were a blessing to him.   He never met a stranger, was a selfless man, he loved unconditionally, and was always giving to others.  Even when Pastors would visit he asked for prayer for others, not himself.  His family remember his sense of humor, his laugh his smile, and his love for animals. He was proud of all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Time spent with them was time he treasured.  He was a son of the late Cossie and Thelma Moore Brown and was preceded in death by son:  Ronnie Dale Brown, sister: Arlene Brown Page, brother: Cranford Brown.

Howard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alma Mae; daughter: Gaylon Hammer (Darrell); sons: Johnny Brown (Donna), Timmy Mabe (Crystal), Dwight Brown (Jennifer), grandchildren: Rhonda Hussey (Pelley), April Vest (Chad Maness), Cassie Hammer, Anthony Brown, Audrey Brown, Junior “TJ” Mabe (Kim), Kayla Beane (Tyler Rillo), Cheyenne Brown, Kiana McLeod (Peyton), Chloe Davis (Casey); great grandchildren: Presley Hussey, Miley Hussey, Alyssa Mabe, Saleen Vest (Josh Williams), Payton Vest (Mike Velasco), Jeremy “JJ” Doutt, Addilyn Beane; great great grandchildren: Eddie Velasco, Landon Williams, Kendall Williams; brother: Roger Brown (Dot); sister in law: Marie Brown and  many nieces, nephews and friends. Howard loved his wife, family, extended family and friends dearly.  People who knew Howard also knew this love.

Funeral service will be 1 PM, Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Browns Chapel Christian Church, with the Reverend Darrin Richardson officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Monday, April 25, 2022 at Kennedy Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to assist with final expenses.

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Brown family.

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Visitation: April 25, 2022 6:00 pm - June 9, 2023 8:00 pm

Kennedy Funeral Home
241 N Middleton Street
Robbinsq, NC 27325


Funeral Service: April 26, 2022 1:00 pm

Brown’s Chapel Christian Church
608 Brown’s Chapel Church Road
Robbins, NC 27325


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  1. Sending my Sympathy and Prayers to all of Howard’s family especially Alma and brother Roger! I will always remember his mother Thelma and how kind and caring these brothers were with her from years ago! Thelma was a gentle soul who raised her children to be the same, kind and always a smile and that was Howard, he treated everyone like family and will be missed!

  2. My brother and cherished friend Dwight and family, Kim and I are grieved for you all in the loss of your father. Mr. Brown loved his family and our school and community. He always showed great interest in what was good for kids and always had a word of encouragement for me. Those times will be cherished in my heart. He will be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

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