Wayne Hoover Brown

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Wayne Hoover Brown, 83, went h ome to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Wayne was born September 20, 1928, in Leicester, the son of the late Jeter and Ruby Cole Brown. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Winfred Brown. He served in the 45th Infantry Division of the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Wayne worked in manufacturing and retired from Square D. He also farmed in the Newfound Community, reaquiring and maintaining the original century old Brown family farm. He enjoyed raising a variety of animals and working with his mules and donkeys. Wayne was a faithful member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Best Brown; daughters, Cynthia Rhinehart and husband, Rick, Tammy Grogan and husband, Neal, and Wayna Brown; five grandchildren, Amanda Plummer, Ethan Rhinehart, Lacey Davis, Tanner Rhinehart, and Kady Rice; and four great-grandchildren, Lily Kate Plummer, Karsyn Rhinehart, Mady Rose Plummer, and Abby Rhinehart. Funeral services will be at 2:00p.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Bobby Smith and Jackie Collins officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. At his request, his last ride will be in a horse-drawn wagon to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Brown, Ethan Rhinehart, Tanner Rhinehart, David Plummer, Jordan Davis, and D.J. Rice. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Zion Hill Baptist Church, 1008 Newfound Road, Leicester, NC 28748.

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  1. Wayne has entered his Heavenly home that he has always lived for and I know that the angels are singing all his favorite songs. He has been a great inspiration to me and my family and will always be remembered as the Godly man that he was. Love and prayers to all the family and friends he leaves behind. God Bless you all!

  2. I am so sorry at the lose of such a fine man. We have enjoyed many years especialy at Christmas. I can remember so well him and dad sitting and talking, now they have gone on home ahead of us. Hold close to the Lord and each other, that is your only comfort. Love and prayers,
    Juanita & Terry Trull & family

  3. Dear Barbara & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  4. We were so saddened at hearing of Waynes passing. It is so hard to let them go. Always enjoyed being around him. May you find comfort to help you in days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    Mike Rhinehart & family

  5. May God be your comfort at this time of your lose. Always will remember all the fellowships we had with Mr. Brown. Can still see him and Clyde sitting and talking. Now our blessed hope is striving for our Heavenly home where they have now gone to. Our prayers are with each of you. Cynthia & Rick I know you will miss him dearly. Mrs. Brown & family my prayers are with you. It is not good bye, just see you soon. Love in Chtist.
    Mary Rhinehart

  6. barbara and girls we are so sorry to here about wayne. we will miss him dearly hasnt been a day that we go by and see him in his rocker or the vogswagon if you need any thing feel free to call gene and trish

  7. Dear Barbara, Cynthia, Tammy, Wayna, & family. Mike and I are so sorry to hear that Wayne has passed. He was truly a good man and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Wayne was a wonderful man. He made us feel welcome in the Newfound community from day one that we moved there. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Brown’s passing. We enjoyed him so much each time we were with him. when it feels the hurt will not ease, just close your eyes and you will feel him near, because he is not gone, he will live in your hearts. He just made the journey to his new home. Prayers and God bless each of you.
    Terri Putnam & Family

  10. Dear Barbara and family, We send our condolence to you in the passing of Wayne. God looked down and picked a rose for his garden.
    My rememberance of Wayne goes back to Wayne and Ray in our childhood days, all the way through life and school. The last time I chatted with Waynes was at the VFW breakfast, and we talked about plowing the mules and horses when we were just boys. Hiawatha loved his mother, as they loved to talk when they met, mostly at church. So, we loved Wayne, and will miss him. May God bless you in as I know he will be missed.

  11. Barbara and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Wayne was one of the most special men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. From the first day I attended Zion Hill he made me feel welcome, then every day after that, he greeted me by name and continued to make me feel welcome. I was so blessed by his faith and example. I will miss him so much. You’re in my heart and my prayers. Be blessed with the comfort and peace that passes all understanding, just knowing that he is with his Lord now and no longer sick or suffering. I love you guys. You’re one of the best families I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.



    I will be unable to attend the memorial service for Wayne; but my thoughts and prayers will be with you.I graduated at Leicester High School with Wayne and I always considered him as a good friend.
    Sincerely: George Hall

  14. We are sorry to hear of your loss, may God comfort you and your family as only He can. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gray and Christy Artus

  15. We are thinking of you at this time. Wayne was a unique gentleman. We always enjoyed talking with him when we encountered him. God keep you in his warm embrace through this time.

  16. Lacey and family-
    I am truly sadden to hear of the loss of your grandfather. I heard so many great stories about him Sunday at church. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I can say with all my heart that he is heaven, looking down on you all and smiling. May God be with you in this time.

  17. Barbara and family,
    We are truly sorry to hear about Wayne. He was such a wonderful person! He will surely be missed! We are praying for all of you in your time of loss!!
    Love, Debbie and Melba

  18. To the Brown family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wayne will be missed in the community, as a friend and a good neighbor. May God Bless you all. Jessie, Anthony, Mary Alice Hoglen.

  19. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.’ ~ Kalil Gibran
    Barbara, Wayna, Cynthia, Tammy, and Family, We extend to you our deepest heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Wayne. It was very evident that Family, Faith, Community and Country were the core focus of this man’s existence. I remember coming to the ‘Beauty Parlor’ with my Mom when I was a little girl…then later on in college with you… Wayna…he never failed to make one feel welcomed; genuinely concerned with what was going on in our lives at the time; and just ‘Plain Happy’ to see you. I feel truly blessed to have known such a good and kindhearted man. I know he will be greatly missed in the dear Newfound Community. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers…



  21. sorry to hear about wayne he was a good neighbor and freind .i will miss him alot.

    allan ledbetter



  23. Words cannot even begin to tell all of you how sad it is that Leicester has lost one of its true icons. They just don’t come any more sincere than Wayne Brown and his family. All of you are in my prayers and thoughts during the difficult time and know that he will be deeply missed by all that knew him. He was a blessing to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

  24. We wanted to let you know you all are in our thoughts, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    David, Whitney, Brantley

  25. We are so sorry for your loss, I know he will be so dearly missed, but you all have wonderful memories that help. Know that your family is in our prayers. David & Anita

  26. Mrs. Brown and family
    So sorry to hear about Mr. Brown passing away. We all know he is in heaven joining up with all his friends talking and laughing. He and Scotty are probably up there trying to trade donkeys. His presence will be missed but that just makes us look more forward to making our final journey sooner.He was a friend to Buddy always calling him ‘Mr. Cochran’ which I got a kick out of. Buddy always gave him a hard time about Mrs. Brown sending 2 biscuits to the stock yard to him and Mr. Brown would always say something wasn’t right about that because he only got 1 that morning. Good memories are something that can never be taken away from us. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
    Buddy and Janice Cochran

  27. Mrs. Rhinehart and the entire Brown

    We were sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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