Riley Thomas Brown, of Charlotte Court House, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died Wednesday, March 11, at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. Mr. Brown was born December 17, 1929, in Capels, West Virginia, and raised in Halifax County. The son of the late Eugene H. and Beulah Crews Brown, Mr. Brown was a Korea-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving four years before settling into a career in sales in the Washington, D.C., area. He settled in Charlotte Court House upon his retirement in 1990. Mr. Brown served as commander of the American Legion Post 268 in Wheaton, Md., where he met his future wife, Margaret Jean Callen-Brown, who survives him. Mr. Brown was a skilled and enthusiastic golfer who enjoyed playing with his friends at Briery Country Club and many times shot his age. He also enjoyed listening to music on Friday nights at Philbeck’s Community Music House in Keysville. In addition to Mrs. Callen-Brown, Mr. Brown is survived by his daughter, Connie Wesley (Neal Seagle), of Poolesville, Md.; step-children Steve (Peggy) Howells, of Mercersburg, Pa; Frank (Carol) Hood, of Smithsburg, Md.; LuAnne (Randy) Smith of Hollsopple, Pa.; and Bill Callen (Lynne Fuierer) of Selkirk, N.Y., as well as 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Sammy (Wanda) of Charlotte Court House and Joe (Lenora “Snooks”) of Winchester, and a sister, Jean Burton (widow of Martin Burton), also survive. In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown is predeceased by two step-sons, Pat Howells and James Hood; sisters Nancy B. Tucker and Mary Alice Englehart; and brothers Jimmy, H.E. and Shirley.

Calling hours are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, 110 H Street, Keysville. The funeral service will begin immediately after. Burial will be private. The family would like to thank Dr. William Jones of Brookneal and Dr. Vivian Bruzzese of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for their many years of compassionate care. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is serving the family.



Condolence Messages

  1. Cheryl Scarberry

    13 March 2020 3 years ago

    Aunt Jeannie. So sorry to hear of Brownies passing. Please know we think of you often and know that you are and have always been loved dearly in our memories of you in our lives. Please stay in touch

  2. Terri Lewis

    13 March 2020 3 years ago

    I will always remember the dances with him @Post 268 and the way he always looked at Jeannie with love. I feel honored to have called him my friend. Rest in Peace ❤

  3. Frank Hood

    13 March 2020 3 years ago

    Pop’s you were the best and a great man . It was a honor to know you andbproudvthat I played baseball for the legion post of which you were president . Thank you for the many years of being my “Dad” and for taking care of my Mom.Until we meet again rest in peace sir .

  4. Chris Belfield

    14 March 2020 3 years ago

    Guy Pearson sends his sincere condolences to the entire family.

  5. Chris Belfield

    14 March 2020 3 years ago

    When I was growing up I only knew “Brownie” as the husband of my aunt. It has taken all these years to find out that we shared a USAF heritage, were both in Korea – 30 years apart – and also share the rich American Legion bond. As one veteran to another – rest easy sir, your tour is ended. Chris

  6. Karen and Dave Gibson

    27 March 2020 3 years ago

    He was a father image to me as he is one of my best friends father. He treated all of us the same with that unforgettable and contagious smile.

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