- October 1, 1927 - February 17, 2013
- Locust Grove, Georgia
of Bobby 's Passing
- For those who wish in lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
The Locust Grove United Methodist Church Building Fund
PO Box 277
Locust Grove, GA 30248
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“I'm so sorry for your loss; I didn't learn of Bobby's death until after the funeral. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
1 of 18 | Posted by: Elyese Chrstensen
“Polly, so sorry that I didn't get to speak to you when I said farewell to Bobby. Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Alton and Jo Ann Colwell - GA
“I am very sorry for this loss in your family. Having known members of several generations of this family, I know that Mr. Bobby was one who...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Dorothy (Dottie) Eskew - GA
“I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bobby always made me smile when I saw him. He would always give me a wonderful compliment that I appreciated very...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Cheryl Combs Brooks - GA - friend
“I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Brown family. May those precious memories of your dear loved one Bobby be foremost in your hearts and minds...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: MB
“Some of my best memories are growing up in Locust Grove and going to Locust Grove United Methodist Church back in the 60's and 70's. And my elders at...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Patty Cook Smith - Jackson, GA
“I worked with Bobby several years in the machine shop at Delta. Bobby was a good friend. He had a good personality and always had some funny things...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jack Phillips - Wedowee, AL
“I feel very lucky to have had such a wonderful family man to admire. When I think of Pop Brown, I think of his smile and I smile. As Mother Teresa...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Amanda Ditzler - Palo Alto , CA
“May the Lord bless and help the family today and the days ahead through the loss of your loved one.
Ps.116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Hamilton - Laurinburg, NC
“Polly and family,
We were saddened to hear of Bobby's passing. Bobby was an icon at LGUMC that will be greatly missed. My fondest memories of Bobby...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Pete and Ludy McIntyre - GA
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Mr. Brown was one of the first members at LGUMC to welcome us and we will always remember him...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Barry and Theresa Summey - GA
“Polly and "Girls,"
We are so sorry to hear about Bobby. We will be thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We always liked...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Lin & Leslie Caldwell - GA
“Mrs. Polly and Family,
At times like these it is difficult to see all the love that surrounds each and every one of you. We are here to let you...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Michelle Drinnen - Locust Grove, GA
“I first met Bobby at Keegan's Eagle Scout ceremony quite a few years ago. From that point on, he was always such a nice and caring person to me. He...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Charles Pierce - McDonough, GA
“So sorry to hear about Bobby. He was one of my daddy's best friends. My dad, Julian Rowan, and Bobby were really good friends. They worked at...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Connie Rowan Dodgen - Hampton
“Polly and family, we will miss Bobby at our Colwell reunions and are keeping you in our prayers. With much love.
16 of 18 | Posted by: Charles and Betrty Colwell - GA
“With much love for the Brown family, We send loving thoughts and prayers to Polly, Penny, Karen, and Leitha. Bobby was a wonderful man and our lives...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Shelby (Brown) & Van Rohr - MI
“So sorry for his loss. The world is a sadder place for his passing.
18 of 18 | Posted by: Judy Hendrickson - Nashua, NH
Essay by Bobby's daughter, Karen
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "To laugh often and love much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded." My husband asked if you had to do all of those things or just one. I think a good father would do all those things and more.
My father was born in Luella, Georgia in the fall of 1927. His family moved to Locust Grove when he was five. His parents farmed and lived the remainder of their lives there, raising seven children. Daddy was not old enough to serve in the army when World War II began but three brothers went. He remembers his mother standing in the kitchen window and looking out and crying for her sons overseas. When he was old enough, the combat of the war was over but he was sent to Okinowa, Japan as an office clerk. Although, he did not participate in combat, my father did serve his country. He is all that represents his brother's and many other soldiers sacrifice for our freedom -courage, eagerness to serve others, and possession of true American spirit and patriotism. He possessed a strong sense of character and morals and I am proud of the heritage that he left behind.
How do you convey to people who did not know him, hear his stories, or witness his works who he was? He loved and appreciated my mother and watching them in his final days was the sweetest thing that I have ever witnessed. He was a stickler for a job well done and this showed in his wisdom he shared, the examples he set, his woodwork, and all the things that he did. His love of olden times was shown in how he cherished family history, memoirs, and his old cars and trucks. Daddy was a perfectionist and wanted his children to be perfect. He did not like it when we followed and he himself followed the natural course and failed. Accomplishing tasks, being good to others, and supporting family were very important to him. In the end, he was just grateful for a life well spent and for the love of family and friends. He regretted mistakes that he had made and was humbly sorry for them.
In order to give a true picture of my father, comments from others must be included. The pastor at his funeral said that he knew he loved him because he loved his children. He also said that he loved all the pastors at his church, he may not have liked them, but he loved them. Daddy also felt that way about Presidents of this country. He may not have agreed with decisions made but felt that any president deserved support as they were doing the best they could in a difficult position. Another pastor shared, "He was a real friend and a great man. He was one of the most enjoyable folks I ever served. He was always so positive and happy. The world will truly miss him." The impact of Daddy's life on others was seen by the line around the building at his wake. Many blessed us with remarks about the comforting support and positive influence his life had on them. It warmed our hearts for people to share about his sense of humor, kind spirit, what an honor it was to have known him, and how much he would be missed.
I hope these words help sum of the man that he was. Painting a picture of a human being is hard to do because it is all the little aspects of a person put together that make the masterpiece. If you measure the value of a father by the ache a heart feels when they leave this earth, then my father has much value to me. I already knew that before he died but what I am most thankful for is that he was a Christian and that in his life he shared part of his spiritual journey with me so that we will some day be reunited in God's kingdom.
Funeral Home Obituary
Mr. Bobby Crawford Brown, age 85, of Locust Grove, GA passed away February 17, 2013. He was born in Luella, GA the son of the late Henry Clifford and Kate Pendley Brown SR.
Bobby served his country in the US Army; he worked for Southern States, and retired from Delta Air Lines with 20 years of service. He was a member of the Locust Grove United Methodist Church where he served in all areas of the church. He was a devoted and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, known for his sense of humor, wood working and working on antique cars and trucks.
He was preceded in death by siblings, James Brown, Clifford Brown, Julian Brown, Leslie Brown and Katherine Ernst.
Survivors are his wife of 59 plus years, Polly Colwell Brown of Locust Grove; children, Penny Brown of Locust Grove, Karen and John Ditzler of McDonough, Leitha Brown of Locust Grove; grandchildren, Serena & Matt Roy of Locust Grove, Keegan Ingram of McDonough, Malinda & Cody Pierce of McDonough, Amanda Ditzler and Tyler Schwabacher of Palo Alto, CA, Brooke Ditzler of San Francisco; great grandchildren, Greyson Roy of Locust Grove, Sydney Schwabacher of Palo Alto, CA; sister, Barbara Brown Hurst and husband George of Doraville; Sister-in-law, Jean Brown of Griffin; brother-in-law, Russ Ernst and wife Joan of Atlanta; numerous nieces, nephews and close family.
Funeral service for Bobby Brown will be Wednesday, Februarycontinued...