Barbara Macon Brown

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Barbara Macon Brown, 88, of Asheville, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at her home with her beloved family by her side. Barbara was predeceased by her loving husband of 51 years, Ted W. Brown, who passed away in 2006.

Barbara was born in Georgia on June 24, 1933 to William Culberson Macon and Lorene Gammell Macon. She was the 3rd child of four siblings who grew up very close in a loving and Christian home.

Barbara’s family moved to NC when she was in elementary school and she grew up being a member of Central United Methodist Church where she joined the choir as a teenager. She attended Lee Edwards High School where she gathered many friends whose friendships she cultivated the rest of their lives. Barbara graduated from Lee Edwards in 1951 and that same year won the Miss Asheville title playing the piano for the talent portion.

Barbara went on to Asheville Biltmore Jr. College, graduating in 1953. She was crowned Miss May Day Queen at the college the same year.

Not long after graduation from college, Barbara met the love of her life, Ted W. Brown of Asheville. They were married on April 16, 1955 at Central Methodist Church. A year after their marriage she became a mother to two children, Michael in 1956 and Brenda in 1957. Barbara’s greatest love was her family and she raised her children selflessly and with great love. She was the glue that kept her family strong.

Barbara was a lifelong member of Central Methodist Church and an active member of Central’s choir for 70 years as well as being a member of the Handbell Choir and the Wesley Singers. She sang with the Sounds of Harmony singing group throughout the 1980’s.

Barbara was an avid reader, she worked a crossword puzzle everyday and she loved old movies on TCM. She loved feeding and watching the many birds from her kitchen window. Barbara loved animals and she mostly loved her little dog Rosie. She supported the Asheville Humane Society for many years and was a member of their Leadership Circle.

Barbara had a wide circle of friends that she made and maintained over the years. Her children’s friends became her “children” and friends, and she was a second mother to them all. She sent cards with handwritten notes, she called people and she visited them, she listened and laughed with them and above all she loved them genuinely.

Barbara was a very beautiful, kind, giving, sweet, joyful, humble and most of all, loving soul. Her life and love touched the lives of many, and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Michael Brown and wife Linda, and daughter Brenda J. Brown. She is also survived by her sister, Gloria Orr and husband Johnny, and brother, Tom Macon and wife Barbara, and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, William C. Macon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations in memory of Barbara M. Brown: The Asheville Humane Society and Haywood Street Congregation.

A memorial service to honor Barbara’s life will be held at 11:00 am. on Thursday, November 4, at Central Methodist Church in downtown Asheville. The family will host a reception at the church parlor following the memorial service.


Memorial Service: November 4, 2021 11:00 am

Central United Methodist Church
27 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Heaven gained a beautiful, kind and loving choir angel. I will forever cherish her loving friendship. Prayers for all of her family, including her extended church family.šŸ’œ

  2. Such a beautiful person inside and out. A wonderful friend, a great spirit and always a generous and loving heart. I will miss her terribly but know her strong faith carried her beyond this world to a better place.
    Condolences and love to Michael, Linda and Brenda.

  3. She was one special lady. I feel very privileged to have know her through sweet Rosie these past few years as Rosie’s ‘veterinarian nurse’. I know how much Brenda, Michael & Linda will miss her. I’m so thankful to have known her. She was truly a fine lady. You all are in my prayers.

  4. Such a lovely lady. It was a joy to have known her. Thinking about her and the family in this difficult time.

  5. I never met your lovely Mom, but knowing and loving you as a friend makes me feel as if I knew her too!

  6. Barbara Brown was a sweet and generous lady. She had the ability to make each person she was talking with feel like they were the most important person to her in the room. She truly lit up a room when she walked into it. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed.

  7. Brenda and Michael-

    I am so sorry for the loss of your amazing mother. She was the epitome of grace, beauty and kindness. I have such fond memories of playing at your house as kids and looking up in the stands at our basketball games and seeing her and your dad. I adored her and her wry sense of humor.

    I truly believe she touched the lives of everyone who had the honor of knowing her. Though I know you will both miss her greatly, I find solace in knowing that she is now reunited with your dad.

    Much love to both of you.

  8. Barbara was such a lovely lady. Always smiling and happy to see you. My life was enriched by having known her.

  9. I am sorry for your loss. Though I didn’t know her she seemed to be an amazing person. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  10. Michael and family,
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. Wish Iā€™d had the privilege of knowing her. Praying for you in the coming days

  11. Mike & Brenda, so sorry for your loss. You had a Mother that anyone would love to have. Love to you both

  12. So sorry for your loss of a special lady. I always think of Mr. and Mrs. Brown whenever I return to Asheville and drive by the motel on Tunnel Road. Our prayers and sympathy are with Michael and the rest of the family.

  13. Brenda and Michael,
    Not every young person at ACR enjoyed the support that you two had from your parents. I am pretty sure that they did not miss too many activities that you both were involved in and so supportive of the school activities. Your Mom was a beautiful and talented person and used those for others to enjoy and made the difference in a lot of people’s lives. I am sure that she will be missed by her many friends and church family. I pray that you will find peace and comfort knowing she was much loved.
    Hugs and love,

  14. Dearest neighbor, then friend, and finally like family, you will be loved and cherished always. It was my gift just to know you. You will now have the best seat in the house every Duke game smiling down. Love you

  15. We only met Barbara a few times but she was kind and fun. I know she will be missed. Our condolences for your loss.

  16. May God comfort Mike and Brenda with the blessing of knowing their parents are now reunited in the eternal bond where God first united them.

  17. Dear Brenda and Michael,

    I have very fond memories of your Mom and Dad as we were growing up in the neighborhood; we were all blessed tremendously with the love and support they showed. Thinking of you during this time.

  18. Ms. Barbara was a special lady inside and out. Being my Carepartners roommate was so special as we looked out for one another! My prayers of comfort and peace for Michael and Brenda and the many family and friends she touched during her life here. She is now in heaven with her husband she so dearly loved singing with everyone!

  19. Dear Brenda and Michael and Family
    Barb will always be so special to me .
    She was a beautiful person inside and out .The wonderful memories I have of her and Ted will always be in my heart .
    I feel your loss so much.
    I feel good knowing she is in heaven and with Ted and all of her other loved ones
    We will see her again !
    Love and peace to all of you
    Hold strong together
    Love always
    Susan B Brock

  20. So sorry Brenda and Michael it is a new life free from pain sorrow I love you both I know how close you were too her love you both snick Debbie Robertson

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