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Stacy Cruikshank

Shannon, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.


Curtis was always a great source of information. Very smart man. I send my regards to his family. People loved and respected him. It is a loss to the community as well.

Fran Bessent

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Crystal Foster

I catch myself several times a day thinking “I’ll just text Curtis and ask” because I used to ask him to do everything. From furniture, to basic home repair, he was my go to for advice. He also taught me to not take life too seriously and to laugh about my mistakes. I will miss him forever.

Caryll Elliott Southland

My heartfelt condolences to Shannon and her family.

Pamela Crouser

I did not know Curtis well, but I always admired abd appreciated his willingness to help out at our Rotary events- sometimes cooking over a hot grill when it felt like 100 degrees outside! Shannon I am thinking of you abd your family. Sending hugs and love. .

Barb Gingher

Many prayers and thoughts to Shannon and their family. Your Rotary family is thinking about you.

Johnny Miller

This time two weeks I got to work and saw that the lights were still off at the bar. He always let me know weeks in advance if he wasn't going to be in. Then I got the call. He told me were born the same day and he was 12 hours older, so I called him old man. I just found out he was pulling mi leg. For 15 years. Perfect. He was so much more than a friend or co-worker, he was a solid part of my daily life for years. I keep thinking I need to call him. Every time the "locals" side door squeaks open I think he's walking in. I want to sincerely thank everyone who came by the Palace that Sunday and every day after. I'm gutted and broken and nothing will ever be the same. I guess we will all just have to get used to this new normal in a far less interesting place. So long brother.

Scott " Woosh" Hudson

I meet Curtis back in '85 or '86 I believe. He was driving a station wagon. Before he got his Diplomat. Then onto his Camero he bought and paid for working at Domino's. He loved his bass, Boons Farm, and his bling back then. The parties we had. Gonna miss you brother.

Thomas C. To Curtis..Tommy 2 Shots

Many years ago he was the one of the first persons I met in Fernandina! I believe he first said Johnny!!! We got another Yankee here.🙂Then bought me a shot,shared several stories and then introduced me to a pirates punch….wow😊 turns out Curtis was always a very sharing and caring person and always took the time to share life! I will miss you my friend!

Barb Kent

I always remember meeting Curtis at his yard sales, others or mine...what a witty sense of humour. We'd figure out prices on items needing repair and have some chuckles. He (I'm sure with some nudging by Shannon) opened up his home for many international exchange students and showed them life in our town! My deepest condolences to Shannon, John and the rest of the family.. ,

William Curtis Brown


William Curtis Brown, age 53, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, January 9th in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Curtis was born in Bunnell, Florida on November 2,1968 to William K. and Susan J. Brown. Their Navy family was stationed in Groton, CT, Charleston, SC, Pascagoula, MS. and finally settled in Fernandina Beach when he was a young teen.

Through these travels he developed his love for shark's teeth, bottle collecting and antiques. He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School, Class of 1986. He is best known as a permanent fixture (and Director of Maintenance) at The Palace Saloon, where he would tell the history of Florida's Oldest as well as clean, maintain and restore the historic building on Centre Street. He also spent over 30 years as "The Rat" of Packrat Antiques, his restoration company. Many of the buildings and home furnishings downtown retain his handiwork today.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Shannon Barton Brown, children Jeremy (Niasha) Roberts, Larissa (Daemon) Barnes, John Cameron Brown, his two adorable grandchildren Miley Kathleen Barnes and Calvin Eugene Roberts, Emma Lou, the wonder puppy and all who considered him an uncle, a brother or a friend. He is predeceased by his mother, Susan Jane (Deen) Brown, stepfather Robert J Lytle and daughter, Kyla Kathleen Roberts.

A Life Celebration/Wake will be held on Saturday January 29th, 2022, from 1pm to 4pm at The Palace Saloon, 117 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Rather than flowers, please offer a donation to the Nassau Humane Society.

Remember, we are here for a good time, not a long time!


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