Linda Nix Brown

linda brown

August 7, 1944 ~ July 1, 2023

Born in: Taylors, SC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Linda Nix Brown, 78, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Linda was born August 7, 1944, in Taylors, SC, to the late George Washington Nix and Lorene Dobbins Nix. She was married for 47 years to Carter “Dennis” Brown, who died in 2015.

She received her teaching degree from Appalachian State University and did her student teaching at Oakley Elementary School where she met her future husband, Dennis, who was on staff at the school. A few years later she returned to school to become licensed in library science and later added a Masters degree. Mrs. Brown spent her 30+ years career as an educator in the Buncombe County School system, primarily at Woodfin Elementary School.

Following her retirement she volunteered at the Buncombe Baptist Association, and later became a part-time staff member there.

She was an active member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church for most of her life and she was the first director of Mount Carmel’s Day Care Program. She served the church in many capacities, including being a member of the choir, director of Sunday School Department, and co-director of the children’s choir.

She spent her life working with and loving children and still made time to become a phenomenal cook and seamstress.

She is survived by two daughters, Kristi Brown and Dr. Lori Brown, both of Hendersonville, and by a sister Rachel Howell of Greer, SC.

A Celebration of her life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2023, at Mount Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Dr. Ronnie Owen, Cam McLaughlin and Scott Lynch officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mount Carmel Baptist Church General Fund, 200 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville, NC 28806.


Visitation: July 5, 2023 4:00 pm

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


Celebration of Life: July 6, 2023 11:00 am

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
200 Mt. Carmel Road
Asheville, NC 28806

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  1. What a precious person your mom was. Always willing to lend a hand with a smile on her face. So many treasured memories with her at the Southern Living Christmas Show. She would come down my driveway blowing her horn, ready to go and always brought us “medicine” (peanut M&M’s, her favorite) to make it through our long shopping day. I can only imagine the reunion that occurred when she entered heaven’s gates. God must have needed a special angel and picked her. Truly gone too soon. She will be missed. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  2. Kristi & Lori

    You Mom had a very special place in my heart. So many fond memories of her throughout our times together. Mt. Carmel Baptist Church memories of her and her clip board….we would want to run the other way but we always wanted to help serve where she needed someone… the Christmas Shows we went too each November were the best and she always made sure we had our medicine (peanut M&M’s) that we took every 4 hours as needed or not. Those frequent cards she would send would always brighten our days. Darryl would give her money every Christmas to buy shoes for kids in need at Woodfin Elementary School….he just told me about this…I had no idea they did this for several years. My heart is sad for our loss but knowing I have the promise of seeing her again….this is not goodbye it’s see you in a little while Mrs. Linda!

  3. Mrs. Linda was loved so much by The Carter Family, especially Kendall. She will always hold a special place in her heart ♥️

  4. Kristi and Lori, Larry and I were so sorry to hear about your sweet Mother. Our love and prayers are with you both.

  5. Linda was such a wonderfully kind, caring, loving person, and will be sorely missed by her daughters and all who knew and loved her. I never saw her without a big smile and a glow that spoke volumes of her bright spirit and Christian heart. I have no doubt she is rejoicing with her beloved husband in heaven, and will continue to love and watch over her daughters. ❤️

  6. Our loss is heavens gain. I loved Linda. We didn’t see one another often. She always had a smile was so kind.

  7. Sorry for your loss. Understanding the kinship I felt in Bible study. She was born two months after me. Thankful that you love and serve my Father. Praying for continued blessings for building up His Kingdom.

  8. I’ve always enjoyed the lunches that she hosted at various restaurants with her daughters. Linda had always treated me as a member of the family and felt so each holiday season being invited to enjoy their holiday meals whether it was at her home, her daughter’s, or at her sister Rachel’s. I will miss her presence at those gatherings. May the Lord embrace you. Peace to your spirit.

  9. Kristi &Lori,
    We are sadden by your Great loss, We are praying for Gods comfort to you and that he will hold you close in the coming days with special memories and Love.
    Our Love and Prayers

  10. Kristi & Lori,
    I just recently learned of your mother’s illness. She was a strong warrior of the faith at Mt Carmel. She had such a beautiful voice and I will always remember seeing her in the choir. May God give you both the strength needed to get through the days ahead. The hope we have in Christ will get you through.

  11. Dear Lori and Kristi, we are so sorry to hear about your moms’ passing but joyful to know that one day you all will be reunited one day! Because of Jesus we have hope but most importantly because of Jesus’ death on the cross we have Eternal Life through his Blood. Praying for you through this loss here on earth. Michelle, Chad, Walker and Reagan Gillespie

  12. Linda carried the joy and love of Christ. Her Southern hospitality was a true gift and the way she loved her girls was beautiful to see. I pray Jesus will ease your grieving but how I rejoice that she is whole and I can’t imagine the parties she is planning to worship her Lord with your dad. So much love and I wish I could be with you but sending you a long distance hug. She could not have been loved more through her illness. Blessings and peace and comfort, in the name of Jesus, who forever conquered death. Love you.

  13. I will always remember Linda’s smile and true joy that radiated from her. She served the Lord with all her heart ❤️

  14. Barbra and I wish to express our deepest sympathy. Linda had such a special glow/joy about her, especially working with the children’s choirs. She was such a vital leader, wherever needed, in the life of Mount Carmel Church. Our prayers are lifted up for the family.

  15. Kristi and Lori, I was so sorry to hear of you mom’s passing. I know personally that the love and prayers of a Godly mother can’t be replaced. Take comfort in knowing that its not goodbye but just so long for now because you will get to see both your parents again in heaven. So happy we have that promise. I’m praying for you as you go through this hard time. God truly does give peace that passes all understanding. Love, Annette & John Ward

  16. Lori and Kristi,
    It broke my heart when I heard Saturday that your Mom had passed away. She was such a sweet lady. What I loved about her was her joy and her smile which was so sweet. She was such a devoted Christian and from what I heard would help anyone. Now her and her husband are reunited in Heaven and one day you and Lori will see her again in Glory! Continuing to pray for the family!! May God help you guys through this season!!

    God Bless!!

  17. Deepest sympathies. Linda was so kind to me when I was teaching at Woodfin many years ago. May her memory be a blessing.

  18. So saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a sweet person and I was glad to have known her.

  19. Lori & Kristi, sending prayers your way. Your mom was so kind and sweet every time we would see her outside she would wave and ask how the kids were doing, she was alway excited that our daughter was still teaching at West Buncombe. We will miss seeing her out working in the yard.

  20. Lori, Kristi
    My heart was broken to hear about the passing of your dear sweet mother. She was such wonderful person. So kind and loving to everyone. Always there to help, always with a beautiful smile. She will truly be missed.
    Praying for you.

  21. Kristi and Lori,
    I knew your mom had some health challenges, but I was shocked and saddened to learn of her graduation to Heaven.
    Your mom and I go back many years. We worked together for a few decades at Woodfin Elementary School. I think I once counted that in my 35 years there, we had at least 13-14 principals come our way. Little did Buncombe County realize that we had a treasure within our walls that could have been our administrator without missing a beat. Her name was Linda Brown! She went above and beyond the call of duty for all of us.

    Death is tough on those left to cherish the memories of someone as dear as your mom. Thankfully, a great reunion is in the future! Keep those precious memories close to your heart. They will serve as a great source of strength in the days ahead.

  22. Kristi and Lori,
    Your mom touched so many lives in such a positive way, and always with a smile. She cared and got involved and made everyone feel special, and she will surely be missed by many. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories of her.

  23. Kristi and Lori
    I am sorry to hear about your precious mother! I will be praying 🙏 for you both! 🙏 sending ❤️ love peace! May God be with you both in this difficult 🙏 time! Love ❤️ you both! ❤️

  24. Lori and Kristi,
    We grew up with Dennis, Christine and Carter at Grace UMC and saw them welcome your Mom and the two of you into the Brown family. My Mom and Dad were Bobbie and Bryce Hall, there on Old Newfound Rd. The memories of your Mom and Dad are sweet ones. They were always the kindest, most welcoming people at church and in the community. The reunion in heaven must have been something to see! We are praying for you both as you carry on your Mom’s legacy in Christ’s work.

  25. Kristi and Lori,
    I was so fond of your mom when I worked at WW. She was always so nice and friendly to me. I will miss how pleasant she always was. Her light truly shined regardless. May the memories of her bring peace to your hearts. RIP Ms. Linda.🌹

  26. I’m so sorry I was out of town and could not attend the service. Please know my prayers are with you. I’m sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great woman and she raised two wonderful daughters.

  27. Dear Lori and Kristi,
    We just recently learned of Linda’s death. Mike and Justin serviced her water system for years. I worked with Linda over the years with Buncombe County Schools. We all admired her strength and dedication to her family, Woodfin School and Mt Carmel Church. I know there was a beautiful reunion in heaven between your mother and father. Our prayers are with you today and in the days ahead.
    Mike and Jackie Byerly
    Justin and Grant.

  28. So sorry to hear of Linda passing we went to school together I always tease her that she took my maiden name I was Linda Brown I have a real good picture of us together. I loved Linda I will keep you girls in my prayers

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