Thomas Eugene Brown, 83, died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 21 at home surrounded by his loved ones.
Gene was a native Wilmingtonian raised in the Seagate community, where he attended Bradley Creek School. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1950 and went on to Wilmington College, now UNCW.
In 1952 he married Ann Wheeler Brown and began a career with the National Cash Register (NCR) Company before being drafted into the Army. He served at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Korea, and Hawaii from 1953 to 1955. He returned to NCR until 1978, when he began Paper Products, a business to be known later as Brown’s Business Products.
One of six children born to the late Richard Edward Brown and Leona Gideon Brown, he was preceded in death by his brother R.E. Brown Jr.; his sisters Helen Brown Mathieson and Katherine Brown Caldwell; a nephew R.E. Brown III; a sister-in-law Sylvia Brown; and his beloved daughter Cindy Brown Mucci.
Gene is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann; his daughter Marty and wife Laura Wisotzkey of Kensington, Maryland; his son Tandy (T.E. Jr.) and wife Susan Burkholder of Greensboro; a sister, Patricia Brown of Williamston; a brother, Leon Brown of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Alexis Brown, Patrick Mucci, Rosalie Brown and Jack Wisotzkey; and several cousins, nieces and nephews who all loved “Uncle Gene” dearly.
He was a member of First Baptist Church for 60 years, a member of St. John’s Lodge #1 and a respected member of the business community, a man of great integrity and caring, always ready to lend a hand. He can never be replaced.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, with visitation starting at 1 p.m., at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Jim Everett will preside.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 411 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401; Boys and Girls Homes, PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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