McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC


Gary Wayne Brown

August 24, 1946September 6, 2019
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Lover of life. The good-time Charlie. His reach was limitless. Adored by all whose path he crossed. Husband, father, brother, friend.

Gary Wayne Brown, "The Eagle," of Midland, North Carolina, took flight to his eternal nest on the evening of September 6th, 2019.

During his adventure of life, he gallivanted around the country and around the globe makings friends from strangers and family from friends. His life reflections are captured in sand, surf, food, drinks, church pews, ball games, stock car races, and all sorts of sports.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandy Cheri Brown, a chaplain and Lieutenant in the US Navy, by his sister, Latane Key, his granddog, Cappuccino and his grandcat, Janky.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Isabella Santos Foundation, 9935-D Rea Road, Unit 275, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277; online at https://isabellasantosfoundation.org.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they will mount up with wings of eagles; they shall run and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31


  • Memorial Service Friday, September 13, 2019


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Geri Maddox

September 17, 2019

Such a sweet and dear man, Gary Brown. You, Diane and Brandy will always hold a special place in our hearts. Bob, Heather, Adam and I have such wonderful memories of you and your loving family. Good times and NEVER a dull moment for sure.
You were an inspiration to all who met you with your infectious smile, love, compassion, goodness, and sense of humor; an all around JOY.
Our time coaching softball together were years I'll never forget. You were a great role model to all the young ladies on the teams (especially our Heather), and made a huge, positive impact every day.
Our family was blessed to have called you friend for nearly 20 years. Give your beautiful Diane a hug from us. By the way, your service was lovely, with some pretty awesome song choices. As we always signed our emails to one another,
Love you,

Christie Benoit (Moore)

September 13, 2019

I will never forget the day my family moved next door to yours when I was 7 years old and Brandy was 8. While my parents were steadily moving boxes, I was busy peering through the fence in your backyard where I saw Brandy for the first time. I was so excited to have a neighbor that was a girl close to my age! Then I met you, Diane, Brandy and your sweet collie, Lady. I remember our families coming together and grilling out every night during the week of Hurricane Hugo when we had no power. Long summer nights swinging in the front yard and catching lightening bugs. I don’t have a single memory of you where you weren’t smiling! I will miss you dearly and I’ll take care of Brandy for you. Love you! Christie

Ronnie Deal

September 12, 2019

To Brandy...Your dad was a great man who loved you immensely! I was always encouraged by his love and support for you...he was a great example for me in how to love my daughters. Your dad was a great encourager to me and many others. His smile was contagious and his love for the Lord and people made him special to all who knew him. When I left Charlotte we stayed in touch for a few years and it was always about how you were doing. Please know that I am praying for you and the loss of your dad. The Bible says "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord"...I'll see your dad in Heaven some day! I love you...Ronnie Deal

Debora Losacco

September 11, 2019

Gary Brown was like a brother to me I will never forget when my parents had him and some other Air Force guys over a thanksgiving dinner I can remember my dad telling them when they walk through the door have the upmost respect for me and my family and no cussing and since then The fun begin he was a little on the crazy side but it was fun camping and most of all grunion running may you rest in peace I will see you Some day when is my turn my prayers and thoughts are with his family love you to the moon and back Mr. Brown

Jennifer Whisnant

September 11, 2019

You were an amazing man Gary! Words can’t express how blessed I was to be apart of your life! You are family to me and the kids. Fly High Angel and Dance Away with Your Wife! Always, your Jen Jen. My condolences to Brandy, family and friends.

Della Grier

September 10, 2019

Gary passed this story to me years ago. I keep it in my office and in my purse. I think of him every time I read it and I try to remember to do so often.

The Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told has grandson about a battle that goes on inside of all people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Gary fed the Good wolf!

Bruce Wolven

September 9, 2019

Gary was simply one of the nicest persons I have ever met. He always had a smile and a nice word. He was a genuine, loving, true Christian who loved the Lord. Brandi and our daughter Kimberly played softball for the Hickory Grove Baptist Church team during their high school years and Gary was always there for the games, for Brandi, and for the other girls.

It's almost impossible to express Gary's kindness, his witness for Christ. Few people are able to allow Christ to shine through in their lives in such a wonderful way. Gary will be missed, but is now surrounded by the angels, a good and faithful servant.

Thank you Gary for your kindness, your smile and your guiding influence on our daughter.

Teresa Pollock

September 9, 2019

As you know I met your daddy and mama when he was coaching the softball team you and Karen played, playing for many years together. I fell in love with him and your sweet mama then because of the love that was shown to all of you girls and the fun ya'll had learning and playing together. Your daddy instilled lots of love and discipline in my Karen as well as all the other girls.
He will be greatly missed in person but will live always in our memories and our hearts.
My prayers, love, and hugs are sent to you today and for as long as I am alive.
God bless and keep you and surround you with His wonderful peace
Teresa Pollock (Karen Brown's mom)

Kathy Clark

September 9, 2019

Gary was like a brother to me he always made sure that I was safe and I remember well I graduated in 1967 from Lompoc high he took me to the my senior prom one of the best nights of my life I'll always remember that I looked up the Gary for a lot of things first . But my mother passed away Gary was there with our family can I remember I was having a hard time sleeping and he took me to the drive-in and we saw The sound of music we got there and all all I heard was the music and then I was asleep and he was there waiting for me to wake up he knew I needed to have something else going on in my mind . As you meet Jesus he waiting for you with open arms no more pain no more sorrow no more suffering may you rest when you get up there could you do me a favor and tell Granny and Grandpa I said hi my mom dad I would appreciate it like I said thank you for all your fun memories I'll never forget him and I'll never forget you you'll always have a special place in my heart

A. L. Brown, Class of 1964 Kannapolis, N C

September 9, 2019

The 1964 Class of A. L. Brown in Kannapolis, N C sends it's
deepest sympathy to Brandy and Latane. You are in our thoughts and prayers.