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Horace Alexander Brown, Jr.

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“Mr. Brown was my eighth grade teacher. I was born in 1957.Robert Stamey ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: Robert Stamey - Valdese, NC

“To our dear, dear Carol, Our arms are around you as you travel this path. Please know you can call us any time, day or night, if you need to talk. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: Lou, Vicki & Catherine Baum - TX

“Horace was the kindest man! His presence will be missed. Looking at the tenor section in HCS without him singing will be tough for all of us. What an...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Tammy Shook - Hickory, NC

“Dear Carol, It has been these many years since I saw you and Horace last , my last season with From This Day Forward, but I I remember him well and...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: A.Lynn Lockrow - Manteo, NC

“My dear Aunt Carol, I am so heartbroken for you at the loss of Uncle Horace. I just wish I could be there to hug you and love on you. What...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Summerlin - Mansfield, TX

“I will never forget the sign he had on the wall of his classroom at Valdese Jr high. "My day is complete, I heard a child laugh." I think of that...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Clint Berry

“Our deepest sympathies to the Brown family. My oldest, wonderful, son Michael II so enjoyed Horace's class in Valdese. He has done well in life...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Michael Barnhardt - Morganton, NC

“I am so very sad to hear about Mr. Brown's passing. He was my 7th grade math teacher and I loved him dearly. I am praying for all of you during this...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Tina Buff Christian - McDonough, GA

“Horace you will be deeply missed by our family. I know you are singing with the most magnificent choir in heaven with the most majestic audience. Fly...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Regina Weinberg - Valdese, NC

“Mrs. Brown, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Brown was my 8th grade math teacher at the Old Rock School. He was one of my favorite teachers. He...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Tammy Hinkle's Temple - Hildebran, NC

“He was a.good man an a good teacher. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Richard McCracken - Valdese, NC

“Carol, I love and will be thinking of you and Michael. I know the loss you feel. What a man, he coached me, grew me, disciplined me, sang at my...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Pamela Mullis - Topsail Island, NC

“SO sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful man. He made me believe I could do math ...not an easy task. SO thankful God placed him in my path...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Candace Lowman Cox

“He was a great teacher and an awesome guy!!! He will be missed! ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Lisa Kimball - CASAR, NC

“Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Suzy Bernard - Valdese, NC

“I am so sorry to hear this... one of my favorite teachers. My condolences to your family. ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Lisa Miller - Valdese, NC

“Mr. Brown was a great person and teacher. I will never forget the fun times I had in his class. He will be truly missed!!! ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Bonita Mourglea - NC - Student

“We have been friends for over 35 years. Through swim team with our kids, 2 churches and church choirs, his teaching and coaching our children,...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Ann Blackwell - Valdese, NC

“Carol Ann -- So Sorry to get your e-mail. Have had you in thought and prayer. Love you . ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Joyce Huffman - hICKORY, NC

“Mr. Brown was such a great teacher and friend to all who knew him! Keeping his family in are thoughts and prayers! ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: paul travis - connelly springs, NC

“Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. The two of you were always an inspiration to me for a future relationship. Horace was such a special man and he...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Denise Kincaid - Lenoir, NC

“So sorry carol butch and I will have you and the family in our prayers may god be with you ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Pat and butch Lail - Valdese, NC

“My deepest sympathy goes to family and friends who knew and loved this sweet, talented man. He will be sorely missed and leaves big shoes to fill....Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Glenda Truax - Morganton, NC

“Praying for the family. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Linda Morse - Valdese, NC

“Prayers to you and family. chuck ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Charles parris - Morganton, NC

“Holding you in prayer and love. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: John and Tara Taylor - Hickory, NC


Horace Alexander Brown, Jr. age 75, was born on May 22, 1944 in Morganton, NC. He was the third of six children born to Horace Alexander Brown, Sr. and Marjorie Matthews Brown. He was married for 50 years to Carol Ann Perrou Brown of Valdese. They resided for 40 years in Valdese, NC and 10 years in Granite Falls, NC.
Horace graduated from Morganton High School in the class of 1962 where he was active in chorus, library club and a member of the track team. He attended Appalachian State Teacher's College graduating in 1966 with a BS in Education. While attending ASU he participated in Playcrafters, ran track and served as a junior marshal at graduation. He later received his Master's Degree in Educational Technology in 1982 from NC ATT University. He began his 41 year teaching career in the North Carolina Public School System at the Old Rock School as a sixth grade teacher under the supervision of Mr. Glenn Yoder and ended his career as a math teacher at East Burke High School in 2006 under the supervision of a former student of his, Rexanna Pennell Lowman. He was a coach at Valdese Junior High and East Burke High School and interim teacher at Draughn High School. From 1997 unitl 2002 he served as a teacher and principal at The Engelmann School of Arts and Sciences which was a K-8 Public Charter School. During his teaching tenure he was a member of both the NCEA and CTA and NCHSCA.
Horace enjoyed music and was a member of church music beginning at a very early age. He began singing with the adult choir of Friendship Baptist Church in Morganton as a teenager and was directing the choir by age 20. After his marriage to Carol and moving to Valdese, he became active in the church choir at Valdese First Baptist Church from 1969-1979; the Waldensian Presbyterian Chancel Choir from 1979-2005, and Faith Community Church from 2005-present. In 2003 he became a member of the Hickory Choral Society and last sang at their recent outdoor concert on May 19, 2019.
Living in Valdese from 1969 until 2008, Horace was active in the community civic organizations. He was a member of the Valdese Jaycees from 1969-1972, a member of the Valdese Lions Club from 1968-1981 serving as president in 1973-74 and a member of the Valdese Music Club. He was also a member of the Old Colony Players and a member of the original cast of "From This Day Forward" for 11 years.
Horace is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Perrou Brown; a son Michael (wife Michelle Lockee Brown) of Boone; and a stepson Stephen Christopher Harris. His four grandsons are, Dylan Pride Harris (wife Alexandra Stivers Harris) of Boone; and Chase Alexander, Stephen Bennett & Elijah Michael Brown of Boone. Surviving siblings are one sister and three brothers, Carolyn Marie Powell and husband Wendell of Drexel, Johnny Mack Brown and wife Pat of Granite Falls, Gary Keith Brown and wife Carolyn of Morganton and Tom Ray Brown of Charlotte. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins too many to list but all of whom he loved. He was preceded in death by his brother Harvey Dennis (Duece) Brown of Morganton and a beloved daughter-in-law Terry Pride.
A Private Burial Service for family members only will be held at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery. A Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Horace's life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday June 22, 2019 at Faith Community Church in Connelly Springs, NC. The family will greet friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Community Church designation the Building Fund or Playground Fund to P.O. Box 957 Valdese, NC 28690.