Adrian Brown, Jr.

Adrian Brown, Jr.

Adrian Ernul Brown, Jr., 94. of Manteo, died Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Virginia Beach, VA. Born in Greenville, NC, he was the son of the late Adrian Ernul Brown and Hannah Cuthrell Brown. He was a retired public school teacher and coach, a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, a life member of Greenville Lodge #284 AF & AM, played on the 1941 undefeated East Carolina University team,  a former cast member of The Lost Colony, and served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nan Lou Brown; three sons, Adrian E. Brown, III and wife, Beverly of Camden, NC, Charles M. Brown and wife, Beverly of Courtland, VA, and Alex K. Brown and wife, Julie of Virginia Beach, VA; one brother, James P. Brown of Manteo, NC; twelve grandchildren, Tara Brengel, Larry Popperwill, Adrian Brown, IV, Justin Brown, William Brown, Michael Brown, Alex Brown, Jr., Hannah Brice, Daniel Brown, Rebecca Brown, Iman Brown, and Malcolm Brown; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Hall and two brothers, Wiley and Joe Brown.

A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jerry Cribb. Entombment will be private  in Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends and relatives in the social hall immediately following the church service. Memorial donations may be made to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 787, Manteo, NC 27954.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. Marva McCormick Bigler on June 30th, 2013 11:49 pm

    I will miss my Uncle Adrian so much! He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. He always had a smile and a story to tell. The world was a better place having had Adrian Ernul Brown, Jr. in it! My heart goes out to Kim, Mike, Ernie and their families!

  2. Mary Jolliff Moore on July 1st, 2013 3:13 am

    Nan and family, I mourn with you Adrian’s passing, and rejoice with you in his life. What a family you are! I’m so proud to have known y’all thru the years. I pray God will keep you in the hollow of His loving hands. Love, Mary

  3. Melanie McCormick Tidman on July 1st, 2013 9:41 am

    A life well lived! Uncle Adrian lived his life with humor and kindness. He was well cared for in his later years by my cousins who always admired their dad. Prayers coming your way from New Mexico. God is a Father to the Father-less and welcomed Uncle Adrian Home with celebration. We need to celebrate his life as well. Wish I could be there.

  4. Jim McCormick on July 1st, 2013 1:00 pm

    My favorite Uncle who always had a good word to say and time to give to us when we were together. I will remember Uncle Adrian as a kind and gentle soul who I will remember sitting with and listening to stories of the times around North Carolina, catching white perch in the sound by the house on the hill, and giving advice and encouragement. May the Lord greet him with love and celebration!

  5. Donna Frost (Hughes) on July 1st, 2013 3:05 pm

    Mike & Beverly and all the family,
    Sincere sympathy in the loss of Kellam’s “Coach Brown”. Even through the coach façade one always saw the inherent kindness underneath. And it obviously trickled down to his boys. May the comfort of God bring peace to your hearts during this sad transition.

  6. Martha Jo Wilson on July 2nd, 2013 4:44 pm

    Dear Nan,
    I was so sad to read of Adrian’s death in the paper yesterday. I have such fond memories of our relationship at VBUMC in days gone by. You and your family will be remembered in my prayers as you go through this difficult time.
    Sincerely, and with love and sympathy, Martha Jo Wilson

  7. Pat and Ronnie Ricks on July 4th, 2013 2:57 pm

    We were saddened to hear of your loss but will have fond memories of what a wonderful man your father was. You are in our prayers and we send our love.

  8. Lawrence Kucharczk on July 5th, 2013 10:14 am

    I was sad to hear of Mr. Brown’s leaving this world. Adrian touched many people in a good way and I am glad to say that I am one of those people. I am sorry for your loss.

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