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Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

OBITUARY

Churchill Perkins Brown, Jr.

January 2, 1940December 31, 2019

Churchill Perkins Brown Jr. died peacefully on Tuesday, December 31st surrounded by his devoted wife and three loving children. Churchill was born on January 2nd 1940, the only child of Edith Carter and Churchill Perkins Brown Sr. In 1961 he married his high school sweetheart Virginia (Gin) Brown and upon graduating that same year from North Carolina State University went to work for the E.I. Dupont Company. His tenure there consisted of service in Waynesboro, Virginia; Old Hickory, Tennessee; Wilmington, Delaware; and travels abroad. In 1971 he went to work for Universal Textured Yarns and later that year, under the leadership of Allen Mebane and Jim McCormick, joined partners to form Unifi, Incorporated. His years at Unifi were exceptional in that he loved his work, his association with customers and travels it afforded. The textile industry valued him as a good and fair man where his handshake was his word and bond. In 1998 he retired. Churchill had an inherited passion for hunting and fishing. The walls of his home office display many trips of these experiences, especially from the Outer Banks of North Carolina that he loved so much. He was most proud to have shared many of these trips with his son. Golfing with his buddies brought much joy and companionship, despite many games he swore were his last! No passion was as great as the love for his wife, children and ten grandchildren. His greatest joy was seeing and knowing the love that each child had for the other, as well as the cousins’ devotion to each other. He was grounded in his faith, never ceasing to give God the glory. He is survived by his wife, Gin, daughter Kimberly Ann Brown and partner Ken, daughter Mary Ashley Van Buren and husband Tom, and son Churchill Perkins Brown III and wife Beth. He is most proud to be survived by ten grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels, 1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 1004, Arlington, VA 222002; the Kathleen Price Bryan Family YMCA, 501 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401;Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Gathering with Family and Friends in the Virginia Gilmer Room Saturday, January 4, 2020

Memories

Churchill Perkins Brown, Jr.

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Churchill Brown III

January 7, 2020

Dad, I love you so much. Thank you for being my best friend, my role model, my North Star, and my hero. I will miss you dearly and will think of you everyday until we meet again in heaven, which is when we will be together for eternity.

Ralph ‘Buzz’ Tedards

January 5, 2020

Churchill had that rare ability to make people laugh without trying to. Whether playing golf with him or seeing him in another venue, there was always the possibility of a ‘Churchism’ . I’ve heard ‘Churchisms’ repeated by others for decades, some of which I heard first hand, some not, but in either case, they made me laugh. Churchill is and will be missed. God Bless him and his family.

Carey McClure

January 3, 2020

Although I only met Churchill a few times, he and his wife were good friends with my father, Tom McClure, and his wife, Martha.
He seemed a good, gracious man, and my father spoke so highly of them, so many, many times.
I know that he will be missed greatly, by my father, and all who loved him.
Godspeed, Churchill!

Jim McCormick

January 3, 2020

Gin and family, I wish I could be there to see you all on Saturday! Dad loved Churchill and so many of those who were there in the beginning. A friend of mine in Greensboro sent me the obituary and it really brought back many fond memories. My prayers are with you all!! Jimmy McCormick

Mike Brown

January 3, 2020

To my beloved uncle....really second cousin but we were that close...and Gin, Little Church, Kim, Ashley and children. Mourning his loss every day since I got the call from Church and just can not believe he is gone. Churchill was a man who was able to balance all the things he loved in life:. Gin and his family, friends, fraternity brothers, customers, dogs, hunting and fishing, golf and faith! He was a friend to all and the consummate professional in business...my father in law said of me years ago that God blessed me as I never met a stranger....well Church was the same and more....must be a Brown family trait. We shared some many great times that I can not list them here...but one last one was winning the RL Brown Memorial golf tournament one year and his love of my son, Zach, who carried us to victory....Church still has the trophy displayed in his bar. As we left that day, he hugged me and said "they should have known better than to think they could beat the Brown boys!". God bless my Uncle Churchill, an extraordinary man!

Stan Duren

January 3, 2020

To Gin and the entire Brown family,
We are so sorry to learn of Churchill’s passing. He was a terrific person, and a wonderful friend. It has been a real pleasure to get to know both of you. He will be missed. Stan
Dear Gin,
May God fill the hole in your hearts with happy memories of your lives w Church. He was a great husband, father, and friend. Our hearts are broken for your loss. Love you, Sharon

Burks Crumpler

January 2, 2020

Church and Gin have always been in my fondness memories of my KE & NCSU days. Keeping in touch with him in recent years has been a huge plus for me. May God bless his memory, Gin and children. Unfortunately I will not be at service due to some health issues of my own. God Bless Church.

stewart little

January 1, 2020

I loved my time with Church at Unifi. He was a loyal employee to the company and his customers. We not only worked together I considered him and the family good friends. He loved his sports especially NCSU, his hunting, and fishing. I will never forget his hole in one, on a customer golf outing on number 3 at The Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra. So much fun watching him hop around on the green when he realized the ball was in the hole!
Although I have not seen much of Church the last 15 years, having moved away from Greensboro, I always enjoyed the occasional, random "catch up".
Church will be missed by all those that knew him, especially those of us who spent so much of our work lives with him.

Sue and Jorman Fields

January 1, 2020

Our friendship with Churchill Brown began in 1969 at Universal Textured Yarns and continued for over 50 years, being among the limited partners who started Unifi. We worked hard and dreamed big, unsure of our futures. Striving or secure, Churchill was the consummate gentleman. He loved you, Gin, and the family you created. We send love and condolences to you and your loving family. Rest In Peace, honorable man.

JIM WHETSTONE

January 1, 2020

I had the honor and privilege to have both a professional and personal relationship with Church. He was a fine man, a good friend and there for you when you needed help. He will be missed by so many. My deep sympathy to Gin, and the family.

FROM THE FAMILY