Billy Joe Brown passed peacefully into his heavenly home at the home of his daughter and son-in-love in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“Bill” was born Feb. 17, 1938, to Charlie Franklin and Myrtle Estelle Brown in North Wilkesboro. Bill loved fixing and repairing things. He was a skilled carpenter and a great mechanic. He spent most of his years working as a service manager for Froelic Cadillac in Winston-Salem and Yadkin Valley Motors in North Wilkesboro. He retired from Lowe’s Hardware in 2002. He was a member of Fairplains Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and chairman of the building and grounds committee until declining health.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Lambert Brown; his twin grandsons, Matthew and Michael Paul Key; his brothers, Earnest, Harrison, Raymond, Wade and Wayne; and two sisters, Nancy “Duck” Anderson and Judy Alexander.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan Key and husband, Michael, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a son, Billy Ray Brown and wife, Renee, of Sophia; his granddaughters, Lindley Key of New York, N.Y., and Brittany Brown of Sophia; a grandson, Christopher Brown of Sophia; a sister, Ruth Mitchell and husband, Tommy; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at noon at Scenic Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Entombment will follow. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to be made to Living Water Baptist Church, 1569 Highway 9E, Longs, S.C. 29568 or Fairplains Baptist Church, 141 Fairplains Church Street, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.