Kirksey Funeral Home

69 North Main Street, Marion, NC


Robert Lee Brown

July 8, 1929March 10, 2020

Robert Lee Brown, 90, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Rose Hill Retirement Community. Bob, a native of North Cove, was born in 1929 to the late Benny Bryan Brown and Bertie Swofford.

As a young man, Bob worked on the Clinchfield Railroad. He was employed for over 30 years with the Asheville Citizen Times as a pressman. He attended Tennessee Technical University, and, following that, served in the United States Air Force achieving rank of Master Sergeant. Later in life, he enjoyed ownership and flying his private plane. He also enjoyed gardening and beekeeping. Bob was a faithful member of Conley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marion, NC.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, June Roberts Brown; a son, Robert Dale Brown; and two sisters, Priscilla Brown Clark and Janice Brown Green.

He is survived by his best friend and longtime second wife, Lucille Brown; two children, Bryan Brown and Renee Dale; five grandchildren, Nicholas Brown, Shaunte Brown, Benjamin Ingle, Emma Dale, William Dale; and three great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. Military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force will follow. Interment will occur at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.



  • Visitation Tuesday, March 17, 2020


  • Interment


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Ron Swofford

March 15, 2020

Lucille and others,
Joyce and I regret to hear of Bob's death, but we do have fond memories of his friendship. We wish you well, especially during this difficult time.
Ron and Joyce Swofford

Renee Dale

March 12, 2020

When I was young, I followed my Daddy everywhere I was able, and watched his every move. My Daddy was the one who put my hair up in pigtails and braids, rode me on his scooter, took me flying among the clouds, and taught me how to sew and mechanic. I will miss him for the rest of my life, and truly adored him.

I love you Daddy,