Ethel Leigh (Bryant) Brown
March 5, 1922 – May 4, 2019
High Point - Ethel Bryant Brown, 97, passed away peacefully into Jesus’s arms May 4, 2019. Ethel Leigh Bryant was born March 5th, 1922 to the late Kiney and Myrtle Gordan Byrant in Davidson County, 7 miles south of Thomasville.
Ethel was a 1940 Honor Graduate of Davis Townsend High School, ranking 2nd in her class.
On the way to her sister’s wedding they stopped at a department store in High Point where she met a tall, handsome man who had just returned home from overseas; Lee R. Brown.
The two were married 10 months later on March 5th, 1946. They made their home in Lee’s beloved High Point and raised their two children until his passing on August 27th, 2010.
In 1953 she and Lee were baptized in the river by Rev. W. L. Smith of Friendly Baptist Church. She was a member of the Chattie Smith/Elizabeth Sechrest Sunday School Class where she served as Sunday School Secretary.
Ethel worked for over 52 years in the garment industry, retiring in 1992. Preceding her in death are her sisters, Lora Byrant and Maxine B. Nicks; brother Williams Beauford Gordon.
Surviving her is her lifelong best friend since childhood, Jesus Christ her personal savior; her daughter Myra B. Clodfelter and husband Wade of High Point; her son Michael L. Brown of High Point; her grandchildren, Jason Clodfelter of High Point and Tyler Clodfelter and wife Janet of Trinity; her great grandson Jacob Dylon Clodfelter who granny loved and adored this smart young man; her sisters Iola B. Leonard and Bettie B. Kindley of Thomasville; her sister-in-law Jean Brown; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at Sechrest Funeral Service on East Lexington Ave. A funeral honoring her life will be held at 2pm, Thursday in the Chapel with Pastor Tony Sluss officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery.
Online condolences for Ethel may be made at sechrestfunerals.com.
- Kiney Bryant, Father
- Myrtle Gordon Bryant, Mother
- Lee R. Brown, Husband
- Myra B. Clodfelter and husband Wade, Daughter
- Michael L. Brown, Son
- Jason Clodfelter, Grandchild
- Tyler Clodfelter and wife Janet, Grandchild
- Jacob Dylon Clodfelter, Great Grandchild
- Lola B. Leonard, Sister
- Bettie B. Kindley, Sister
- Jean Brown, Sister-in-law
- Lora Bryant, Sister
- Maxine B. Nicks, Sister
- Williams Beauford Gordon, Brother
- Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2019
- Interment Thursday, May 9, 2019
Ethel Leigh (Bryant) Brown
May 9, 2019
Myra & Family
My thoughts are with you today & I will keep you all in my prayers. Myra you obviously carry your mom's strength, beauty & determination forward in everything you do. She died knowing she was loved & cherished. I am so sorry I cannot be with you today but Griffin graduates from college to begin his new life. Beginnings and endings... adjustments, changes. Yours will be hard but you have lots of people who love you and will be by your side. I would like to be one of those people.
Love you Myra Leigh,
Deborah "Alexander" Hardister
May 7, 2019
Myra and Mike, prayers for our loving God's arms to wrap you up tightly today and the days ahead. Sweet Ethel always made me feel welcomed growing up and into adulthood...memories of family gatherings and visits were the absolute best. I loved your parents and their loving relationship. I am so glad I got to visit one last time and hold her sweet hand...she told me she wanted to go home...she definitely made it home! Love you both and always here for you two...hugs and love...Deborah and Tim
May 6, 2019
Myra & Mike and family. We surround you with our love and prayers of comfort! We are family and we love you ! Sweet Ethel was always so kind and sweet to the Alexander's! We are lifting you up in prayers for peace and comfort. Love, Tommy & Ivan
May 6, 2019
Ethel was a very sweet person that I loved so much❤ I really enjoyed taking care of her. She will truly be missed......