Richard “Shirley” Brown, 84 of Charlotte Court House, Virginia, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Shirley is survived by his children, Richard Dwight Brown (Judy), Michael Bruce Brown (Janice) Deborah Brown Parsons, and Robert Gene Brown (Hope).  Shirley had nine precious grandchildren Richard Zachary Brown (Melody), Randall Chase Parsons, Amy Brown Hathaway (TJ), Rebecca Brown Johnson (Derrick), Emily Bruce Brown, Michael Thomas Brown, Meredith Brown Reynolds (Stephen), Robert Taylor Brown (Heather), and Jesse Parsons Perrone (Dana).  Shirley also had eight beautiful great-grand children, Parker Hathaway, Hunter Hathaway, Dustin Johnson, Ryleigh Johnson, Dalton Brown, Ramsey Brown, Ada Reynolds, and Beau Reynolds.  Shirley is also survived by his brothers Riley Brown (Jean), Joe Brown (Snooks), Sammy Brown (Wanda), sister Jean Brown Burton, sister-in-laws Barbara Brown, and Janet Brown.

Shirley was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Hazel “Bonnie” Brown, father, Herman Eugene Brown, mother, Beluah C. Brown, brothers, H.E. Brown and Jimmy Brown, sisters, Nancy B. Tucker and Mary Alice Englehart.

Shirley loved his family and always worked hard to take care of them. He was a tobacco and cattle farmer, as well as, a timberman, logger, and sawmill owner.  His reputation as a timberman was that he was a fair and honest man.  Shirley and Bonnie raised their children and grand-children to have a strong work ethic and to be good neighbors.  Shirley enjoyed raising a large vegetable garden and inviting neighbors and friends to come help themselves. He found great joy in seeing and having his grand-children and great grand-children around him.  This seemed especially true after Bonnie passed and his health began to decline.

Shirley was very active in his church, Bethel Baptist, in Phenix, Virginia, where he served as Sunday School teacher and director, Deacon, and on numerous committees. He also served on the Charlotte County School Board.  Shirley was a faithful servant to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and he is with Him now.  Praise God!

The family wishes to thank all his friends and neighbors who have cared for Shirley over the years. They will receive friends at his home, located at 1727 Fearstown Road in Charlotte Court House, Virginia, on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5 pm – 8 pm, as well as, other times prior to the service.

The funeral service will be held at Bethel Baptist Church in Phenix at 11:00 on Friday, May 24, 2019, with interment in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Alan Murphy, Rev. Garry Sims, and Rev. Dan Davis will be conducting the service.  The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolence Messages

  1. Dale, Irvin, Chris Lindsey

    22 May 2019 4 years ago

    We dearly loved Shirley. It will be hard not seeing him going by our house numerous times a day to check on his cows. You have our love during the days ahead. Bless you all.

  2. Mark Fears

    22 May 2019 4 years ago

    Prayers to all…

  3. Lisa Spurgeon

    22 May 2019 4 years ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! May God bless all of you and keep you strong in the months ahead.

    Sabby, Lisa and Charlie

  4. Jayson Dix

    23 May 2019 4 years ago

    Prayers to the family

  5. Linda Ferguson

    23 May 2019 4 years ago

    He was a great man,will always remember his smile,sending prayers to the family.

  6. Deborah Brown

    23 May 2019 4 years ago

    To the entire family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. Shirley Brown was a special man. He always treated Joyce and I like family and we were blessed to have known him. God bless all of you.

  7. Jane hamlett

    24 May 2019 4 years ago

    Prayers for the family

  8. Sammy and Martha Tucker

    24 May 2019 4 years ago

    Sammy fondly remembers working for Shirley and what a kind and honest man he was. Prayers are lifted up for all of you today as you say your final goodbyes. We know you will miss him so much.

  9. David Watts

    24 May 2019 4 years ago

    I remember Shirley from back in the days at Drake’s Mill , always smiling and a hard working man , think he worked day and night back then , really proud to know he had a saving faith in Jesus Christ . My sympathy to the entire family

  10. Lawrence Johnson

    28 May 2019 4 years ago

    Sorry to hear about Mr. Brown. He was always a joy to be around. I did electrical work for him for many years before retiring. Prayers for all of the family.

  11. Jovita Dailey UVA Dialysis

    29 May 2019 4 years ago

    You will be missed always had a smile and kind words Mr Brown Rest In Peace!! Fly High my friend
    Praying for strength for the family

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