Mildred P. Brown

Published 1:53 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RICH SQUARE, NC – Mildred Virginia Pruitt Brown passed away at her home in Rich Square, North Carolina on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Mildred was born December 9, 1926 in Rockingham County. She moved to Rich Square after graduating from East Carolina Teachers College. In addition to being a teacher, she worked as an insurance agent and ran her own business as a tax accountant, where she served her clients until her retirement.

She supported her children in all of their activities, rarely missing a game or performance, and she served on countless school and church committees. She and Thomas always had bountiful gardens and enjoyed sharing what they grew. Mildred was a wonderful cook who never let her children return to college without a box full of home-cooked food.

She delighted in watching the birds outside her kitchen window. She loved flowers – growing them, picking them, and shouting out with pleasure when she spotted colorful ones on the roadside. She was always ready to jump in the car and go anywhere, particularly if there were peaches or strawberries to be picked along the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Garfield and Daisy Pruitt; her brother, Robert Pruitt; her sisters, Lillie Pruitt Cassidy and Anna Pruitt Massey; one daughter, Betsy Brown Chandler; and her husband of 62 years, Thomas Eugene Brown.

She is survived by her children, Anne Brown, Tom Brown (Viva), David Brown (Anne), John Brown (Joella), Jenny Brown, and Lou Brown (Jack Knight); grandchildren Meghan Brown Grant (David), Lyndal Brown White (Thadd), Parker Brown, Amelia Brown, and Benjamin Knight; and great-grandchildren Alex White and Camden White.

The family would like to thank the loving women who cared for their mother: Veneice Benton, Sharlene Maggette, Karen Blackwell, Denise Wiggins, and Laverne Suggs.

Visitation will be held 7:00-8:30 pm, Tuesday, July 18, at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Services in Rich Square. A memorial service will be held at Rich Square United Methodist Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Rich Square United Methodist Church, PO Box 12, Rich Square, NC 27869 or online by visiting, type Mildred Brown.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Brown family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting