William K. “Billy” Brown

William K. “Billy” Brown

William K. “Billy” Brown died peacefully in the presence of family on Thursday, January 31 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  Billy was born on October 26, 1940 in Wilmington, North Carolina, the proud son of Aycock and Esther Styron Brown.  Billy lived in Ocracoke, New Bern, and at the young age of ten moved to his beloved homeland Manteo, Dare County, North Carolina.   He graduated from Manteo High School and moved on to East Carolina University before being drafted into the Army in 1963.  There he served in the 7th Cavalry, First Cavalry Division in the famous Ia Drang Valley battle, the subject of Hollywood’s movie We Were Soldiers Once and Young.  Billy met and married Linda Creekmore Brown after he returned home from Viet Nam and together they have three children and six grandchildren.  He re-entered East Carolina University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1972.

Billy Brown stood for his captain’s license in Norfolk when he was eighteen.  He was a charter fishing captain and the residing president of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.  He taught North Carolina History in Manteo for nearly thirty years.  Over the years, the author, teacher, and avid waterman developed a love for visual art, painting mostly landscapes from Dare County of the Outer Banks, places that are ”in his blood”.   He is the author of Mullet Roar a compilation of short stories describing his appreciation of eastern North Carolina nature and wildlife.  He was humbled in this environment however completely in tune.  His love of Dare County and Oregon Inlet has been passed to all those he touched.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Linda Creekmore Brown, Billy Brown is survived by his two sons, William Kenneth Brown Jr and wife Liz, and Matthew Aycock Brown of Manteo, and daughter Angela Brown Fentress and husband Jimmy, of Wilmington, North Carolina: brother Brantley A. Brown Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: and six beloved grandchildren, Jordan and Lee Fentress, Will, Jake, and Drew Brown, and Madison Lewis.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 4th, at 10 a.m., at the First Assembly of God Church in Manteo. A visitation will take place Sunday, February 3rd, from 2 pm to 4 pm, at Twiford Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Billy Brown’s name may be forwarded to Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, P.O. Box 305, Manns Harbor, NC 27953.

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

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  1. Faye Lewark Daniels

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time; may your memories bring you comfort.

    “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~~ Eskimo Proverb

  2. Valerie Wheeler

    Our thoughts and prayers for all your family at this sad time.
    God Bless,
    Valerie & Terry Wheeler

  3. Brenda Outlaw

    My prayers and sympathy go out to the family. I sincerely admired Billy. I knew him as a teacher – he taught both my sons – as a client and as a friend. May God great you peace and grace at this time.

  4. Brendbrenda butlera

    I am so sorry for your lost, I am truly glad that I had the chance to tell Billy what a awesome book he wrote, and he was an awesome man, your family is in my prayers.

  5. Guy Sholar

    Mr. Brown’s class at Manteo Middle was the highlight of my day for the year I had him. He meant a lot to all of us that were lucky enough to have him as a teacher. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  6. John Gallagher & Family

    Mr. Brown you were a great teacher and friend. I loved to come to your class and hear the stories of Dare County during your youth. I have a huge respect for you and hope you Rest In Peace my friend

  7. Susan Blackwell

    It was a pleasure to teach with Billy. I loved how his board was filled with pictures as he used them to teach the story of NC history. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Billy was a special man and I know he will be missed.

  8. Patti Fentress

    Our family was so sadden by the death of “Billy”, Angie’s dad. Our prays are with you Linda and your children at this sad time. I hope that his beautiful paintings of the land he loved and the stories he loved to write and talk about keeps his memory alive for you and all who knew and loved him.

  9. Toni Norfleet-Pfeiffer

    sorry for your lost, he was one of my teachers, i really enjoyed him, he will be missed by alot of people, i am glad i was one of his students, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  10. Mrs. Raymond L. Mann

    So sorry for your loss.I pray The Lord will give you peace during this hard times in your lives. God Bless you all.

  11. Diana Ward Ramsey

    So sorry for your lose.Billy and his family lived in the apt downstairs and we lived upstairs when we were growing up. We grew up together and I thought so much of him, Gail and his Mom and Dad. His passing is going to leave a hole in this world. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Diana Ward Ramsey

  12. Trevor Bridgewater

    Mr. Brown helped me to understand the importance of knowing where you come from. His life lessons and words of wisdom help to shaped my view of the world and how I would want to be remembered. He will always be remembered.

  13. Alyssa Maconi-Holland

    You were an amazing teacher! It has been about 25 years since I was a student of yours but will never forget you. My condolences to the Brown Family.

  14. Cynthia Askew Croswait

    May God give your family peace in this time of sorrow. Thank you for sharing Mr. Billy with all of us! He was an inspiration in so many ways! He was always supportive to me when we talked about art and teaching my classes! And he always had wonderful things to say about my boys, Jordan, Aaron, and Miles, and he told great stories about our County history, etc. Love to you all! God bless and give you peace!

  15. Mike and Karen Flaskey

    We are so sorry to hear of the families loss. We went to school with both Kenneth and Angie. Although it has been a few years I thought about Billy often. He was a man that always saw the positive in folks and gave them direction and encouragement. I still heed his advice today. We lost a great one today!

    Mike and Karen Flaskey

  16. Staci Hathaway

    My heart goes out to you all. My deepest sympathies. I will continue to smile and share his stories. With Much Love!

  17. Amanda Perrot Estrada

    I am sorry to hear of Mr Browns passing. He was a wonderful teacher and storyteller. He is one of the most memorable teachers I remember. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Mary Jolliff Moore

    Linda and family, and Brantley and his family, and Gail’s family, I can’t think of a soul who didn’t love, or at least like, Billy. He grew on you. I pray you’re all kept safely in the hollow of God’s hands. Love, Mary

  19. Claudia Twiford

    Sam, Jake and I were saddened by the passing of Billy. He had touched the life of many students in Dare County in such a positive way. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
    The Twifords

  20. Judith Harris Fearing

    Angie, Liz, Kenneth, Matthew and ,Mrs. Linda you all are in my thoughts at this difficult time. I hope you find comfort in all the fond memories so many have posted about your dad and husband. I’ll be thinking of you over the coming months as you begin the healing process.

  21. Virginia Lawhorne

    Kenneth,It was a real shock to learn of your father’s passing.I always enjoyed talking to him and I always learned from him.You are all in my prayers.
    Virginia Lawhorne

  22. Mark France

    Kenneth and Liz
    I remember speaking with him many times as our kids played ball together. Always enjoyed his stories and humor.

    God bless
    The France family

  23. chip shafer

    kenneth I am saddened to hear of the loss of your dad.I always enjoyed conversations with him on the OIFC porch.He saw the beauty in the things we all experience as fishermen and hunters.The 48 years he lived since the Ia Drang were a blessing to family,frinds,and Dare county.He joins your grandad Aycock on the honor roll.

  24. Traci Wilson Price

    My prayers are with you and your family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss, he was a great man and one of my all time favorite teachers.

  25. Keith Bowser

    Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow, you are in my prayers. May the love of those around each and every family member assist you through the days ahead

  26. Tammy Tolley Davidson

    What a great teacher, who taught through his stories & life experiences. Praying for all of his family during this difficult time, that you all may find comfort and joy again through your many memories.

  27. Dana Phillips

    Mr. Brown was a beloved teacher of mine at Manteo Middle. I loved reading his book, Mullets Roar. I am very sorry
    for your loss.

  28. Leslie Kitching Joyner

    Sending out prayers to the family … Mr. Brown was one of my favorite teachers ever in middle school! He will be greatly missed by many!! hope he’s up there telling all his stories in heaven!!!! love to the Brown family!!

  29. Lynn Hoepfl

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Kenneth and your family.I only knew you dad a few years while working at the fishing center but in that short time I learned a lot. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

    God Bless

  30. Barbara Jean Creekmore

    Linda, so sorry for your loss. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Ted sent me a copy of Billy’s book several years ago. I was a joy to read the story’s of Currituck.

    Barbara Creekmore

  31. JoAnn N. Small

    Linda,
    My heart is so heavy with the news of this loss of dear Billy. I am very grateful for the time I had with both of you at Manteo Middle. I pray for strength for you and your family during this most tender time.
    love, joann

  32. dot perrot

    Our thoughts and prayer are with you Linda and your family at this time of sorrow. BILLY has left his mark on all the young people who were blessed to have him as a teacher and friend

  33. Moncie "Punk" Daniels

    What a great friend and comrade-in-arms both in the military and at MHS. He possessed an array of extra-ordinary talents that entertained and charmed all who knew him. My sincere love to Linda, Ken, Matt, Angie, and Brantley during your difficult times.

  34. Robert Midgette

    Dare County has lost a true friend! What a special person Billy was and I will really enjoyed my time listening to his stories, clamming with him, fishing with him and working with him for 28 years.

  35. Alvin & Joann Selby

    Sorry for your loss! Mr Brown was the best History teacher Manteo has ever had.The memories that he has left with us will last a life time! May he rest in peace!

  36. Holly Meekins Williams

    We have lost a treasured friend who enriched our lives in so many ways. As a teacher, the first-hand stories and local lore he shared made his history classes a fun, wonderful learning environent. He was a mentor to many, and our lives are all the better for having shared part of the journey with Billy Brown. Thinking of all the family.

  37. Melissa Forss

    I am honored to have had the chance to meet Billy. I know, by his family, he was a great, passionate, free man. I pray that your family can find peace with his passing.

  38. Page & Dianne Meekins

    Billy exemplified what an American is all about. He loved his country and served it honorably. He loved the out-of-doors like no man I’ve known, and was steeped in its lore. For Dianne & I, he was a classmate, hunting & fishing partner, and true friend forever. We miss him so much already, but will keep his memory in our hearts forever. God bless Linda & family.

  39. Merry Ann Liverman

    Sorry for your family loss. Mr. brown was also my History teacher. Being a daughter of hunter and a fisherman the stories he told I loved. As I got
    older I realized what a great person he was. Merry Ann Hooper Liverman

  40. Buddy Creef

    What a loss for this island community and dare county. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Brown family. I always loved story time with Billy, anytime we would bump into each other. Those stories encompassed all that is and was Dare county from the early days of the fishing center when my father owned it, and Billy fished with Joe Berry to his most recent hunting, fishing or clamming adventures. He will be missed but always remembered and appreciated.

    Buddy Creef and family

  41. Tim Creef

    Linda & Family, I am at a loss for words. Billy was not only a mentor but he was and always will be a true friend. He will be missed by many. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and give you and yours comfort in this trying time.

  42. Linda and Wayne Dunn

    Dear Linda and Family,
    We are so shocked to hear of Billy’s death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Laura Kaye used to come home and tell the wonderful stories of Dare County she learned in class from Billy.
    What a sad loss for you and everyone. May our Lord comfort you.

  43. Michael and Kim Outlaw Paul

    Robert Midgette said it – we have lost a true friend. As his student he tried hard to keep me in school. He instilled a love of history and my home in me. Mr. Brown, I loved your stories and will never forget what you gave to our community. God Bless his family, he was always so proud. May we all leave this world so loved and admired.

  44. Gabe Dough

    Sorry to hear of your loss. It’s very sad news to hear that Mr. Brown has left us. He touched so many lives in an extremely positive way whether as a soldier, teacher, author, story teller, boat captain, artist, elder or friend. I’m thankful to have known him in several of these ways. The impression he made as a teacher was particularly impactful for so many young people including myself.

  45. Alecia Bock Williams

    Mr. Brown was my ninth grade history teacher and a great story teller of historical and current events. He made the subject matter entertaining with his quick whit and passion for his craft as an educator. I am very sorry for your loss.

  46. Wes Stalls

    Dear Brown Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to believe that Mr. Brown has passed. He was such a good man. I will never forget having him as a teacher, The value of the experiences he shared in class, in the halls, through his book, and through his paintings goes beyond measure. He was always so kind to my mom and I know that meant a lot to her. I will always remember him as a great American and a great Outer Banker.

  47. Pam Buscemi

    Dear Linda and all of your family,
    John and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of Mr. Brown.His presence on the Outer Banks will be greatly missed. Our three oldest boys were blessed to have had him as a teacher at Manteo Middle School. Know that we are holding all of you in our prayers asking God to comfort you and surround you with His Love.
    With Sincere Condolences,
    Pam and John Buscemi

  48. Jack Gregory

    He taught me so much in school, and gave all his students practical lessons on life through his stories and experiences. He was a man who always had time for a question, or if you had a problem you could talk to him, and without giving you an answer of direction he showed you how to lead yourself to the answer, thus making you a stronger man of charactor. Im sure in heaven as on earth he will find an abundance of fish to follow and game to hunt, while he patiently waits for others to join him, as he joins old friends and family in heaven.He touched so many lives by being himself. The best thing I know to say, is “Billy Brown Lived!”

  49. Mark Gamiel

    I posted on face book that I would bet that I wasn’t the only person who went through Oregon Inlet and followed Billy Brown to catch fish. I did that many times and we would talk on the radio (he did love to do that). Mr. Brown was a good man and he will be missed.

    Mark Gamiel

  50. Faison Thomson Peters

    Billy was my captain summer 1972. We logged a lot of miles together in the old Erma Queen. He taught me a lot. He knew what he was talking about. The experiences he gave me were life changing. On the whole he influenced me towards a lifetime of good fishing and advice as to what a man should be. Adios buddy boy, thanks for the memories. I loved you.

  51. John Saunders..the iceman of OIFC for 25 years

    God bless you Billy…we shared a great interest in art and photography…some day your paintings and nature photos will become landmark images….along with your writings….of the good times of the outer banks.

  52. Kimberly Hazelwood Reynolds

    Mr. Brown was an awesome teacher, mentor and a friend. Everything I learned aout NC history I learned from him. I know your fmily is grieving and I am truly sorry for your loss…I pray you all find peace. I was blessed to know and learn from a wonderful man like him<3

  53. Gilda Bowser-Ford

    Family of Billy Brown,
    The library of life has lost another great book which will never be replaced. You have our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  54. Tanya Tillett

    Mr. Brown was such a wonderful person and teacher. He taught me, my husband and our children. You could tell he loved teaching and NC history so much, just by the way his eyes would light up when he spoke. I loved going to his class and listening to his interesting and funny stories. He touched so many and will be greatly missed..You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jerry Tillett & family

  55. Allie Harper

    I too am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Brown. He has left an indelible mark on all who knew him. I also was one of his students. He passed his love for North Carolina and the Outer Banks on to his students. I am a better person for having known him. May God comfort you.

    Allie Johnson Harper

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