Ernest La Fayette Brown Sr.

May 24, 1922January 21, 2012

Ernest L. Brown Sr., born on May 24, 1922, a long time resident and entrepreneur of Chattanooga,went home to be with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, January 21, 2012, surrounded by family. He was born in Monterey, TN, moved to several towns, but spent his high school years in Spring City, TN. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, and stayed until 1945. He was a Corporal in the Medical Corps that was attached to the 405th Engineer Battalion. He had various jobs in Chattanooga until 1955 when he began Brown's Warehouse, a wholesale furniture distributor. This business grew with help of Eddie Brannon and was a success and expanded to multiple locations and included retail furniture sales. He retired in 1992 at the age of 70. He served many years as a deacon at First Baptist Church Golden Gateway. He enjoyed golf and was a long time member of Valleybrook Gold and Country Club.

Preceded in death by his sister Ruth Proffitt, and parents Walter A. and Hattie Brown.

Survived by loving wife of 65 years, Norma Pedigo Brown, son, Ernie Brown (Lynda), and sister Bettye Buffington, 3 Grandchildren, and 8 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 2 PM at the Chattanooga Funeral Home East Brainerd Chapel. Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 23, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walter Boehm Birth Defects Center, 975 East 3rd Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403. Please share your thoughts and memories at Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421.


  • Funeral Services Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Janice Blair Bailey

January 28, 2012

Ernie, I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. It is always hard to lose them regardless of how long we have them. My thoughts are with you and the family.

January 27, 2012

Ernie and Lynda.... I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that your great faith will comfort you and lift you up in the road ahead... please know that you have been very much my prayers and in the thoughts of my family these past few days.... how very strange that our two Dads... such good friends.. would pass within two days of each other.
Donna Massari

January 24, 2012

Dear Mrs. Brown and Family:

I have often thought of you and Mr. Brown because of the great memories at Pioneer Bank on Main Street and llth Street.

My prayers our with you now in your sorrow and many more years to come.

Ernestine Meadows

Bill Eakin, Jr.

January 24, 2012

I was always very fond of my "Uncle Ernest". He and Aunt Norma, great friends of our family for many years, we're always there spreading cheer and goodwill and taking a genuine interest in my family and me. He will be missed. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel this road.

Judy Weir

January 23, 2012

Ernie, so sorry for the loss of your dad. I remember that you and my brother-in-law, John were good friends. Having lost both John and Bob, just wanted to send my condolences for the Weir Family. May God's love make your grief bearable.

Lisa Willson

January 23, 2012

Brown, I was truely blessed to have been your caregiver for a.great 4 years, there was not one day you did not teach me something in life , but also tell me thank you and how much you loved me, i will always love you will always have a special place in my heart,love Lisa Willson