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.Print Obituary & Condolences