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Snow’s Memorial Chapel

1419 Bass Road, Macon, GA

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Dempsey S. Brown Jr., MD

May 3, 1942June 16, 2020
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Dempsey S. Brown, Jr., M.D., 78, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 2 P.M. at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road. Burial will be held at a later date at Riverside Cemetery. Dr. Jimmy Asbell will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, 31204 or the donor’s favorite charity.

Dr. Brown was born in Macon the son of the late Dempsey Short Brown, Sr. and Kathryn Lee Brown. He was preceded in death by his half-brother, Howard Lee Durden. He was a retired General and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon, practicing at Coliseum Medical Centers from 1974 to 2004.

Following his undergraduate education at Duke University and the University of Georgia, he received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 1967. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia (formerly The Macon Hospital), serving as chief surgical resident from 1971 to 1972. He entered the U.S. Army as a Major and served two years as a general surgeon at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Dr. Brown began his surgery practice in Macon in 1974.

He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. He was a member of the Bibb County Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Surgical Society, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Southeastern Surgical Society, Macon Surgical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served several years as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Mercer University School of Medicine. While in practice at Coliseum Medical Centers, Dr. Brown served in many capacities at the hospital, including President of Staff, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief of Surgery, and member of the Executive Committee.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Work Brown, sons Bradley Dempsey Brown (Jan Griffin) of Macon, and Kevin DeWitt Brown of Athens, three grandchildren, Amelia Kathryn Brown, Griffin Bradley Brown and Hunter Kevin Brown.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include his wife, Sandra Work Brown, sons Bradley Dempsey Brown (Jan Griffin) of Macon, and Kevin DeWitt Brown of Athens, three grandchildren, Amelia Kathryn Brown, Griffin Bradley Brown and Hunter Kevin Brown.
  • DONATIONS

  • Vineville United Methodist Church

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

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  • Visitation - Following the Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Jeff Stephens

July 4, 2020

I worked with Dempsey for more than 20 years and was always amazed at his skill and advocacy for his patients. The finest hands in Macon. Prickly, funny and always in charge, his patients loved him. I was honored to help care for Dempsey these past few years and he was as sharp and wonderful till the end. He will be missed but never forgotten. Rest well my friend. JLS

Emory Kichings

June 25, 2020

A great doctor and a good friend, Shirley and I Love you Sandra!!!!

Mike Boggs

June 25, 2020

Sandra and Kevin, I was so sorry to hear of Dempsey's passing. Macon lost one of its finer, all time, general surgeons when Dempsey retired and Coliseum lost one of the most important sticklers for quality. At first I dreaded to see Dempsey coming but I soon learned when he spoke, I'd better listen and fix something. I hope he recognized the esteem I reserved for him.

Unfortunately I'm away from Macon at the time of his service. This is to let you know I'm thinking of you.

Best regards, Mike.

J.W. Hendrix

June 25, 2020

Dempsey and I were team mates at Lanier, following which life led us in different directions.. I have always remembered him fondly,, and hoped we would cross paths again. Rest in peace, old friend! The world is better because of you.
J.W. Hendrix

Charles Burton

June 24, 2020

Dr Brown was one of a number of physicians born in Macon, who chose to faithfully serve their hometown. He demanded and delivered the best of care for his patients. Ask any nurse who knew him. In the early 1990s he and I performed the first laproscopic choleystectomy in Macon. Since retirement I have had many dreams of doing cases with Dempsey.
It was an honor and a priviledge to know him and to work with him.
Macon should say "Thank you" Dr. Brown!

Charlie Burton

John and Adriane Wood

June 24, 2020

John and I were saddened to hear of Dempsey's passing. Our condolences and sincerest sympathy to Sandra and all the family.

Brenda Ryals

June 23, 2020

We write this on behalf of our sister, LaVerne Fowler who was a nurse in Dr. Brown's office for many years. She always spoke very highly of him, and thoroughly enjoyed her job. She and Dr. Brown were perfectionist--all business. She told me they got along just fine!
Dr. Brown did surgery on several members of our family with excellent outcomes. He was so willing to "take care of the family". He was a dedicated and highly skilled surgeon. I was a student nurse at Macon Hospital --Class of 1968 when Dr. Brown was an intern there. Most of our family knew Dr. Brown and were thankful for his expertise.
Our family wants all of you to know that we are sorry for your loss. We wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Our love to all of you.

LaVerne Fowler, David & Joyce Childers, David & Lenda Dillard, and R.F. & Brenda Ryals

Beth Brown

June 20, 2020

Dr. Brown was the surgeon for my mother and me for the treatment for breast cancer, and we both love him and felt well cared for! I was the Director of Cardio Pulmonary and I had many interactions with him from 1977 to 1989 in the hospital before I moved. He was one of my favorite physicians to deal with! I loved his sense of humor and the support that he gave our department! Many prayers for you as you deal with your loss!

Carol Kimsey

June 19, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Brown for many years beginning when he was Chief Resident at the Medical Center and more closely at Coliseum Park when he served in leadership roles like Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff. He enjoyed his reputation as “difficult” but he was an absolute champion for excellent patient care and demanded the best from staff, physicians under his leadership, and systems. Many of us who served at that time have memories that we relish as we learned from him and found better ways to deliver care. There will never be another quite like him. It was an honor to gain his respect and serve with him.

Leo Huckabee

June 19, 2020

I've known Dempsey since Junior High and it was with great sadness that I saw where he had passed. Dempsey was a great person and a good friend. I knew he had been ill for a long time. Dorothy and I will pray for Sandra and his 2 boys and their families.

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Biography

Dempsey S. Brown, Jr., M.D., 78, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 2 P.M. at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road. Burial will be held at a later date at Riverside Cemetery. Dr. Jimmy Asbell will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, 31204 or the donor’s favorite charity.

Dr. Brown was born in Macon the son of the late Dempsey Short Brown, Sr. and Kathryn Lee Brown. He was preceded in death by his half-brother, Howard Lee Durden.
He was a retired General and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon, practicing at Coliseum Medical Centers from 1974 to 2004.

Following his undergraduate education at Duke University and the University of Georgia, he received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 1967. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia (formerly The Macon Hospital), serving as chief surgical resident from 1971 to 1972. He entered the U.S. Army as a Major and served two years as a general surgeon at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Dr. Brown began his surgery practice in Macon in 1974.

He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. He was a member of the Bibb County Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Surgical Society, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Southeastern Surgical Society, Macon Surgical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served several years as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Mercer University School of Medicine. While in practice at Coliseum Medical Centers, Dr. Brown served in many capacities at the hospital, including President of Staff, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief of Surgery, and member of the Executive Committee.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Work Brown, sons Bradley Dempsey Brown (Jan Griffin) of Macon, and Kevin DeWitt Brown of Athens, three grandchildren, Amelia Kathryn Brown, Griffin Bradley Brown and Hunter Kevin Brown.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes.
Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.