Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home & Guilford Memorial Park

6000 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC


Anna Kathryn Castleberry Brown

May 3, 1939July 26, 2019
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Anna Kathryn Castleberry Brown entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 26th, 2019 due to complications from a rare autoimmune disorder.

She was born on May 3, 1939 in the Archer Lodge community of Johnston County, North Carolina. Kathryn was the 11th child of William Baxter and Annie Lolita Lassiter Castleberry. She graduated from Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, North Carolina and Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina. She married Kenneth Gene Brown of Selma, North Carolina and they enjoyed fifty happy years together before Kenneth passed away in 2009. She was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Greensboro for over fifty years where she enjoyed many lasting frienships. She worked for UNC-Greensboro for twenty years in the department of teacher education. Kathryn was a lifelong Democrat and avid basketball fan. She felt the most joy when hosting family and friends for parties, special events and the holidays. She truly had the graceful gift of hospitality and made everyone feel welcomed with warmth and love in her presence.

She leaves to cherish her memory and follow her example of giving to others her children, Kenneth Dale Brown and his wife, Olivia of Jamestown and Kathy Brown Rainey and husband, John of Midlothian, Virginia, and son Kelly Gene Brown and his wife Katrina of Jamestown. Kathryn is also survived by sister-in-law Judith Barham Castleberry, sister-in-law, Murl Brown and brother-in-law Lawrence Coats. She was predeceased by the following siblings and their spouses: Shelby Castleberry and wife, Evelyn; Maxie Wall and husband, Joe; Holt Castleberry and wife Dorothy; Lacy Castleberry and wife Bertha; Archie Castleberry and wife, Hilda; Shelton Castleberry and wife Signa; Hoyt Castleberry and wife, Zelma; Gene Castleberry and wife, Myrtle; Billy Castleberry and wife, Phyllis and Larry Castleberry. She also leaves over one hundred dear nieces and nephews who were so precious to her and an important part of her life. She often said her grandchildren were the lights of her life and took great joy and pride in them. She leaves these grandchildren with memories of a Mimi who was always working quickly in the kitchen, baking a pie or cake or happily working in her garden. Her grandchildren are Cole Spencer Rainey and Grayson Baxter Rainey of Midlothian, Virginia, Ethan Miller Brown, Caleb Patrick Brown, Grace Elizabeth Brown and Joshua David Brown of Jamestown. Also surviving are her step-grandchildren, Kelsey Dickerson McPherson and husband Brandon Lee, and Ryan Daniel Dickerson of Raleigh; and step-great-grandchildren, Charles Lee McPherson and John Reading McPherson of Raleigh.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 28th from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, followed by a 3 pm funeral service at Immanuel Baptist Church, 2432 W. Gate City Blvd with Rev. Dr. Jack Benzenhafer officaiting. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Tracy Brown and Shirley Young of Piedmont Home Healthcare for their skilled and compassionate care during the last months of Kathryn’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathryn’s memory to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society or the SPCA of Guilford County.

“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.” Henry Van Dyke

Online condolences may be made at www.HanesLineberryFHSedgefield.com.


  • James Brown, Active Bearer
  • Billy Castleberry, Active Bearer
  • Clyde Castleberry, Active Bearer
  • Daniel Castleberry, Active Bearer
  • Dene Castleberry, Active Bearer
  • Tony Castleberry, Active Bearer
  • Jeffrey Coats, Active Bearer
  • Dean Wiggs, Active Bearer
  • Danny Castleberry, Honorary Bearer
  • David Castleberry, Honorary Bearer
  • Randy Castleberry, Honorary Bearer
  • Seth Castleberry, Honorary Bearer
  • Tracy Castleberry, Honorary Bearer
  • Kevin Rock, Honorary Bearer
  • Mathew Rock, Honorary Bearer
  • Jeff Stephenson, Honorary Bearer
  • Terry Wall, Honorary Bearer


  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 28, 2019


Anna Kathryn Castleberry Brown

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Saundra Freeman

July 28, 2019

Kathryn was always a lady and a beautiful lady at that. I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant you all peace.

Faye Wall Strickland

July 28, 2019

I grew up in the Archer Lodge community with Kathryn. Was always welcomed in her home and loved going there. We graduated from high school together . All the Castleberry were wonderful people. Kathryn was beautiful inside and out. She will be missed by so many people but we will all be reunited in Heaven one day. Prayers for her previous family.

Robin Glover

July 28, 2019

So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. You and your family are in my prayers. Robin Seawell Glover, Peace College 1984

Class 0f 1957 Corinth Holder High School, Zebulon, NC

July 27, 2019

You will be missed by your classmates. We love you! One day, we will all join you on the Heavenly Shores.

Martha Smith

July 27, 2019

I will be forever grateful to Mrs. Brown and her husband for raising one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known, her daughter Kathy Brown Rainey. Kathy has honored her parents by following their beautiful example of how to treat others. She and her family, John, Cole, and Grayson, are so loved in our neighborhood in Midlothian, Virginia. Thoughts and prayers to everyone in North Carolina. Martha, Shane, Forrest and Evelyn Smith

Cindee Saintsing-Bridges

July 27, 2019

I have nothing but fond memories of Katherine. She was a wonderful person. I looked forward every week to attending Ken and Katherine’ s Sunday school class. They always tried to make a difference in our life. They took time to have the class over to their home and treated us like family. Both of them were very special people and gave of themself throughout their lives. Thank you to both Ken and Katherine for making a difference. You will be missed.

Melanie Nickerson

July 27, 2019

Kathryn and I worked together in The Teachers Academy of UNCG. Her smile was a bright light.

Worth & Gail Hinton Brown Brown

July 27, 2019

Prayers to all the family. Your mom was a dear sweet classmate of 1957 CHHS. She will be missed, but she is in heaven with all her family and friends who have gone on to be with JESUS. One day we will all join her.

Carol Wall Oakley

July 27, 2019

Katherine was a beautiful lady inside and out. I never saw her without a smile on her face. Prayers for her family. Carol Wall Oakley

Elizabeth Primm

July 27, 2019

I will always remember the beautiful smile Mrs. Brown had. She was just such a wonderful and lovely lady. I'm glad I got to share lunch with her and share a precious memory of Mr. Brown with her. She will be so missed.