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Dr. Joyce Elliott Brown

SUNBURY – Dr. Joyce Elliott Brown, 73, of 319 Water Swamp Road, Sunbury, died Saturday, January 1, 2011 in Brian Center of Windsor.

Dr. Brown was born in Independence, MO and was the daughter of the late Paul B. and Carrie Elliott.  A retired Voice, Diction, and English professor from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, she received her BA from the University of Kansas, her Masters from the Yale School of Drama, and her Doctorate from Columbia University.

A faithful member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, she had served as its organist for over 25 years, was a past president of the Gates County Rotary Club, was a Paul Harris Fellow, had received the District #7720 Rotarian of the Year Award, had served on the Board of Governors for Roanoke Chowan Community College, and many years ago had starred as Nurse Casey in the daytime drama, “Search For Tomorrow”.

Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Bedford H. Brown, Jr.; a step-daughter, Margaret Brown Klages of Suffolk; and many friends and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2010 in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. John F. Eberman.  Inurnment will follow in the church Memorial Garden.  Friends may join the family in the church parish hall immediately following services on Wednesday and all other times at the residence.

Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main Street, Gatesville, is handling arrangements.

The family asks that flowers be omitted and contributions be made to St. Peter’s Church, in care of Roger Ward, P.O. Box 153, Sunbury, NC  27979.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.millerfhc.com.