Michael William Brown, 65, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at his home while surrounded by his family.
Mike grew up in Richlands, North Carolina, where he attended Richlands High School. Here he was a successful football and track star. He lettered in both sports all four year of high school. In football he was All-Conference in 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974. He was on the News and Observer All-State Team in 1973 and 1974. He was voted to the High School All American Second Team in 1974. He still holds the Richlands High School record for shot put (1974) and discus (1974). He also loved song writing, playing the guitar, the beach, surfing, and skateboarding.
Mike eventually ended up in Stedman, NC, where he settled down to work and raise his family. He retired with 33 years of service at ARC 3 Gas Company, formerly known as Machine and Welding Company. He was a member of First Christian Church in Richlands. He dearly loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
There are many words that describe Mike. He was a father, Papa/PopPop, Carolina Hurricanes Fan, excellent cook and gardener, and food lover. He was trustworthy, steady, strong, selfless, humble, and reliable. He loved animals, especially his three grand dogs. He poured his heart and soul into his children and grandchildren. They were his whole world. Most importantly, he was a generous giver and dearly loved Jesus.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Butler Funeral Home Chapel in Stedman. Officiating will be Beth Ridge Brown and the Rev. Mark Reid.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, October 8, 2021, at Onslow Memorial Park at 3280 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC, 28540.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Earl Brown and Carmen Anita Trott Brown.
To cherish his memories, he leaves behind his daughters, Jessica Brown Rogers & husband Blake of Fayetteville and Jerica Brown D’Amico of Stedman; grandchildren, Raylan D’Amico, Bowen and Fallon Rogers; his siblings, Steve Brown & wife Shirley of Shelby, Susan Brown Stroud & husband Joe, Angela Brown Bostic & husband Tony, and Ken Brown & wife Beth, all of Richlands. He also leaves behind nephews Scott Brown of Shelby, Ashley Brown & his wife Jese, and Taylor Bostic & his wife Christa all of Richlands; nieces Samantha Brown Queen & husband Adam of Shelby, Kelsey Bostic Simpkins and husband Cory, and Bailey Brown all of Richlands; and great-nephews Caleb Brown, Lincoln Queen, and Trent Simpkins and great-nieces Lacie and Mollie Brown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church, Richlands, 124 Trott Road, Richlands, NC 28574.
Services entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 6535 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC 28391.
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