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J.V. Brown, 83

J.V. Brown, 83

J.V. Brown, 83, of Flat Rock passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family.

A native of Rutherford County and a resident of Henderson County most of his life, he was a son of the late Wilbern F. and Effie E. Jones Brown. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Pruitt Brown; sister, Patricia Freeman; brother, Daniel E. Brown; grandson, Jacob Paul Tankersley.

He served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper and helped train paratroopers during the Korean War. Mr. Brown helped establish Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue, was a life time member and a former chief and fire commissioner.

He was employed by Cranston Print Works, retired from General Electric and was a jack of all trades that could do anything. He was a practical joker and a prankster. J.V loved his family with all of his heart and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Survivors include his son, Gary Brown and wife, Barbara; daughters, Carolyn Cox and husband Daniel, Rhonda O'Connor and husband Tom, Sheila Barnwell and husband Ricky, Glenda Tankersley and husband Doug; grandchildren, Julie Holbert, Jeremy Cox, Lisa Hardy, Gary Brown, Jr., Cindy Staton, Kim and Heather O'Connor, Tanya Levi and Elijah Tankersley; 31 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Prince; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Victory Baptist Church with Pastors Stanley Adcock and Doug Tankersley officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family received friends Sunday, from 5 to 8 pm at the church.

A guest book and sympathy cards are available at

Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.