Mr. Curtis Howard Brown, Sr., USN, Retired, age 88, of Fernandina Beach, passed away Tuesday morning, March 15, 2016 at Savannah Grand of Amelia Island. Mr. Brown was born on November 5, 1927 in Screven GA, one of six children born to the late Raymond and Vera Brady Brown. He was a graduate of Griffin High School class of 1945 and immediately joined the United States Navy. Mr. Brown served in the Europe Theater during WWII and also in the Korean War. He served as a Chief Boatswain Mate and received his Honorable Discharge after 31 years of service. He continued to work for the U.S. Government in the Civil Service and retired after 21 years of service. He has been a resident of Locust Grove GA, Kingsland GA and for the past several years of Fernandina Beach FL to be close to his family. Mr. Brown was Past Worship Ful Master from Hyde Park Lodge #370 in Jacksonville, Past Grand Royal Patron of Amaranth, Past Worthy Patron Order of the Eastern Star, and Past Supreme King Order of the White Shrine. He was Baptist by faith.
Mr. Brown leaves behind his wife of over 32 years, Dorothy Brown of Fernandina Beach FL; his sons, Curtis Howard Brown, Jr. of Cartersville GA and Michael Dale Brown of Jacksonville FL. Five step children and oodles of grands and greats.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home with the Reverend Devin Shultz officiating. Masonic honors will be provided by Hyde Park Lodge #370. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. Mr. Brown will be laid to rest in Jacksonville National Cemetery with full military honors provided the United States Naval Honor Guard.
If so desired, memorials may be made in Mr. Brown’s name to American Diabetes Association, 7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 104A, Jacksonville, Florida, 32256 or Meals on Wheels, Council On Aging of Nassau County, Inc. 1367 S. 18th. St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034