Clairene Graham Brown

clairene brown

October 27, 2023

Born in: Graham County, North Carolina
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Clairene Graham Brown passed peacefully in her home on Friday, October 27th surrounded by her family.

A native of Western North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Charles Goldman Graham and Delia Belle Hyde Graham. She retired from Household International as the Administrative Assistant to the CEO. She was a devout Christian and child of the most high God.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her siblings: Frances Autry, Frankie Crisp, Beatrice Norton and Bill Graham. She is survived by her daughter Marcie Ferg of Arden (Michael); son Joel Brown of Arden (Molly), four sisters, Christine Griffin, Brenda Blythe, Jean Dean, Ruby Pittman; and two beloved grandchildren Lindsay and Brice Ferg.

The family of Clairene wishes to thank each of you for your love and support through the years. A special thanks to her special friend, David Wright.

Born into a family of nine, and the the oldest of five children placed in an orphanage, she was a guiding light to her siblings. After graduation, she always ensured her sisters would have a vacation packed with adventure. Between the mischievous light in her eye and her Grandma Hyde’s strong and independent spirit, her witty personality created laughter for all. Her time spent reading, learning and working crossword puzzles was often complimented by a cup of coffee and meaningful conversation.

She gave her time to others, including hours of volunteering with church, local shelters and on her own. Her benevolence for feeding fried chicken, pinto beans and cornbread not only extended to those she knew, but those she welcomed with open arms. Her welcoming spirit for given and chosen family made her home open to all.

With her infectious laughter and ready smile, she created beautiful memories for those around her. Always generous of her time and heart, she was eager to listen to stories about her loved ones lives and their families.

Not only good and kind
But strong and elevated was her mind
Fond to oblige, too feeling to offend
Loved by all, to all a good friend.
And faithful to her God

Our prayer is that you would be touched by God’s love as much as you were by our mother, Mimi and sister.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 29th in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, followed by a service celebrating her life starting at 3:00 PM. Pastor Timothy Brown will officiate. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 30th at Pisgah View Memorial Park.


Funeral Service: October 29, 2023 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: October 29, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Graveside Service: - October 30, 2023 11:00 am

Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smokey Park Hwy
Candler, NC 28715

(828) 667-4415

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  1. Clairene, you are going to be sorely missed. We all have such fun memories and you’ve wiped many tears. You were always there for anyone. Fly high with the angels dear friend.
    Love you much.

    Marcie and Joel, I’m so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. Sharon

  2. Marcie and Joel,
    My heart breaks for you both. Loved Clairene so much! Prayers of comfort and peace at this difficult time.

  3. Clairene was such a special lady. She was always trying to help others. Her smile and sense of humor was like none other. Thank God for the wonderful memories that I have had with her.
    Family, May the Lord be your comforter as only He can help to fill the void.
    My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you.

  4. So sorry for your loss Joel, Molly & family. Love you guys so much. While I never met Clairene, I know she must have been an incredible woman to raise such a great son. Sending you and your family prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Remember when we worked together at American Enka. Those were good memories. Glad you had a blessed life.

  6. What a wonderful tribute to this amazing lady and friend. Peace to you Marcie and Joel knowing she is in Jesus’s arms tonight.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss I have known Clairene for quite some time she was an amazing woman prayers 🙏 to her family Pam Fisher

  8. Jim Jones
    To a wonderful dear friend. Your smile always lit up the room. May God welcome you with open arms. Thank you for all the fond memories.

  9. My aunt Clarine was my mentor, confidant, best friend, and like a mother to me. I’m going to miss those daily talks and your guidance. You were an angel on Earth to all that has known you. Please keep her family in your prayers. They’ll never be another her. Please pray for Marcy Ferg, her daughter, husband Michael, Joel Graham Brown, son, and his wife Molly. Her grandchildren Bryce and Lindsey, and all of her sisters that remain behind. The story of her life is amazing as she was. Heaven will be glorifying her life and her wonderful love for God. I will miss her more than words could express but I’m so glad that she has moved from her earthly home to her mansion. I will see you on the other side Aunt Clarine.

  10. Dear family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Clairene’s passing. She was such a sweet, classy lady, a wonderful neighbor to my Aunt Lucy and a friend to all. May God bless you and comfort your hearts and preserve all those precious memories of her.

  11. I remember Clairene growing up. She was several years ahead of me; but—-what a wonderful girl & role model she was to everyone!!!! Prayers for the family, her Church family, & all friends!!!!

  12. Clairene was a great person snd friend. She will surely be missed by everyone she has ever came into contact with. Thank you for all the great memories !!!!!

  13. There are not many people in this world that has so many outstanding values that you can’t think of one specific one that stands out. Clairene was a fantastic co-worker, a great friend, a member of the “family” to everyone that knew her. She was loved by all that was lucky enough to really know her.

  14. Fond memories of Clairene! We had
    Many wonderful times running around in her little red VW. I loved our time together.

  15. To all of us who were the Schwitzer-Asheville family from its beginning, Clairene was our anchor. Her grace under pressure, her devastating wit kept all of us on our toes, but always within the warmth of her ready and compassionate embrace. So many wonderful memories of that special time and Clairene was at the center of it all. Farewell dear friend, until we meet again in Our Father’s House.

  16. Hazel strum Davidson. Truly a shining light among us all even in her very young days. I always loved her glow and lit our party heats with her ever lasting smiles.
    Would love to be in touch with Ruby Graham Pittman. Tell her to contact me on Facebook. God, please bless this precious family as she walks along your angels.

  17. I have so many treasured memories of Clairene, so many weekends spent together as well as with our children for many years. It is painful now to think of a world without her in it. What a beautiful lady she was and wonderful friend to those who were fortunate enough to be close to her. Marcie and Joel, my heart grieves for you and with you. I wish I could be there in person for you. Heaven has welcomed another Angel.

  18. Dear Marcy and family, It was with sadness that I read of Clairene’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady with a kind heart. May you find peace and comfort in your faith.
    In sympathy,
    Sharon Byers Conner

  19. I have very fond memories of Ms. Clairene from Arden First Baptist and her involvement with the children’s ministry. May the memories you have bring your family comfort at this time. Lucia (Long) Tatham

  20. Clairene was a very special and talented lady and had a amazing personality and smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  21. We are saddened to hear of the loss of such a fine, kind hearted woman. We were very blessed to have known and worked with Clairene! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.🕊️

  22. Clairene always lit up the room with her beautiful smile and vivacious personality. An elegant lady. She was always there to help everyone. She will be missed. Prayers for her family.

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