June 12, 1920 ~ February 6, 2007

Born in: Macon County, North Carolina,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville ~ Violet Womack Brown, 86, of Asheville, died Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at Mission Hospitals, St. Joseph Campus. She was a daughter of the late William George and Bertha Viola Sprinkle Womack. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hal H. Brown, Sr., who died in 1990. Violet was a native of Franklin and grew up in Sylva, NC before moving to Asheville in 1940. Mrs. Brown graduated from business college and went to work as a transcript analyst for Army Air Forces and later became a teachers’ aide and substitute teacher at William Randolph Elementary School. She was involved with numerous children’s charities, pro-grams and activities including the advisory board of the Pres-byterian Home for Children and the Bethany Ministries in coun-seling of new mothers. She was also very active in women’s and children’s ministries as well as outreach programs at First Presbyterian Church of Ashe-ville, of which she was a member for 60 years. She is survived by her son, Hal H. Brown, Jr., his wife, Stephanie and their daughter, Katherine Grace Brown, all of Asheville and one brother, John Robert Womack of Winston-Salem. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2007 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Private interment will be held at Lewis Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 on Friday at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Violet’s memory to Oodles Unlimited Children’s Fund (a charity which distributes clothing and toys as well as assisting underprivileged children with their education), 1629 Olmsted Drive, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brown family. Please know she is is a wonderful place now. May God bless you and give you peace during this very difficult time, and may you find comfort in the support of friends and family.

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  2. Hal Jr. I am John l. Sprinkles youngest daughter. Our family sends you and your family our sympathy in your loss of your mother. My father was your grandmothers brother. If there is any thing we can do please let me know. Marysue Tedder, Bill Sprinkle, John A. Sprinkle, Janet Rowland, Mike Sprinkle.

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  3. Hal Jr. and family, Violet and I were more like sisters. We grew up together. I remember the day that she was born. I loved her so very much. Some of my fondest memories are times spent in Franklin and at your Grandparents’ house in Sylva.
    At yours and Stephanie’s beautiful wedding was the last time that I saw Violet. I look forward to hearing from you and getting pictures of Katherine Grace. My daughters and I send our prayers and much love. She will be missed. Leona Sprinkle Anderson

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  4. Don’t recall meeting Violet, but my grandmother Anderson speaks of her highly and tells wonderful stories of them as children. May God bless her family in this time of loss and find comfort knowing she is in a far, far better place at Great peace. I cannot wait to meet her and all my other relatives in God’s glory!

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  5. Dear Hal and family – you are in my thoughts and prayers. You know I loved your mom like she was my own and I wear the braclet she made me, before I left GreenTree, EVERY day. My sincere sympathies

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  6. Hal Jr. & Family, We want to extend our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your mother. She and our mother ,Carrie Lee Sprinkle Gladwell, were first cousins. We all have memories of going to Uncle George and Aunt Ola’s house. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Max Gladwell, Virginia Bryson and Betty Craig

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  7. Hal..and Family..

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the fond memories of your mom last forever in your heart. Peace Jonn

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  8. Hal,

    We extend our sympathy and condolences on the passing or your Mother. We can all be comforted by the wonderful promises of scripture that ‘we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.’ Your Mom is now rejoicing in glory with the One who loves her more than we ever could. Blessings to you dear friend.

    Brad and Karen

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