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Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home

1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville, IN

OBITUARY

Edward "Brownie" Brown

February 12, 1940November 2, 2019
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Edward Lincoln Brown, longtime Brown County resident and business owner, died while working, as he would have wanted, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

For nearly five decades, Brownie, as he was known, owned and operated Brownie’s Plumbing, Heating and Electrical. His work took him into many Brown County homes and businesses, and he also helped design and build more than a half-dozen houses from scratch.

For nearly 20 years, he and his late wife, Shirley, also owned and operated Brownie’s Bean Blossom Inn, a popular Brown County restaurant.

Brownie was born Feb. 12, 1940, in Gallatin, Tenn., to James and Gladys (Webb) Brown. As an adolescent, he also benefited from the guidance of his stepfather, Helmer Marks.

After graduating from Franklin Central High School near Indianapolis, Brownie went to work at International Harvester. He also held several other jobs, sometimes as many as three at a time, to support his growing family.

Within a few years, he had launched his own business and built his own house in the Brown County hills. Brownie was a 50-year member of the Masons and a past master of Nashville Lodge No. 135 F.&A.M. Brownie is survived by three children: Kathy (Mike) Lewis of Brown County and Hagerstown, Md.; Tim (Shauna) and Mike (Cher), all of Nashville; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Brownie’s beloved wife and life partner of 57 years, Shirley, died on Aug. 23, 2016. Brownie also was preceded in death by his brothers, Leroy and Gene; and a great-grandson, Damien Patterson.

A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, with Pastor Rick Clayton officiating. Burial will be in Brown County Memorial Park.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, with a Masonic memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friends also may call one hour prior to the funeral Thursday at the funeral home.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Edward "Brownie" Brown

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Merry Gagg

November 8, 2019

It is so easy to get carried away with the memories of Eddie! So many thoughts fill my mind. My favorite by far is when he and Shirley came to visit me and my Mom in Las Vegas. Coming from trees and vast open spaces to the glitter and daytime lights of Las Vegas! I remember he was so excited to go from place to place and experience each casino in it's full glory! The rest of us were ready to call it a day and Eddie was still raring to go. We decided to let them carry on and we would head home! On the way home he happened to pass us and not even realize he was beside us in the car. We looked over and he was wide eyed and hypnotized, seemingly on autopilot, to the next casino. We were rolling in laughter. Later he said he was on a mission!!! This is the end of an era, the beginning of my fondest memories began in Brown County and Eddie, Shirley and their 3 amazing children, are part of those first memories. I do believe he is with his love and happy but, he will sorely be missed here.

Sally Wyatt

November 5, 2019

Brown County has lost an icon and will never be the same!!.. In My eyes,…..Brown County IS …..Eddie Brown I have always admired your selfless ways....Always putting others first. The love and caring for your family and friends. Even those new acquaintances felt your gift with your infectious smile. Your laughter fueled our souls. You have touched MY families hearts for so many years!! I have no doubt you had quite the greeting party waiting for you, Pie included….:)…..Guess they were tired of sharing. Until we meet again, help soften the heartaches of all those left behind. Honored to have had you in MY life. You will be forever missed and Forever loved!!

Terry and Marilyn Duvall

November 5, 2019

Mike, Tim and Kathy
Thank you for sharing both of your parents with us. They opened their arms to us and made us feel like a part of the family. They will always be a special Nashville memory for us.

Ed you left before I could give you this penny I was saving for you so I guess I’ll just put it in the slot machine. Thanks for being a really good friend to me and Marilyn. He was a one of a kind. Happy trails old friend. Terry

Nashville has lost a one of a kind. They broke the mold with Ed Brown. You were loved and will be missed by many. I know Shirley was there to greet you with open arms. Rest in peace my friend! Marilyn

Charles Kelsey

November 5, 2019

My greatest memory is when uncle Ed took my papaw in his last fishing trip at the white river when my papaw caught a huge catfish. It was the happiest I had see him in a long time.

Jeff and Beki Crotty

November 4, 2019

Brownie was one if the first people we met when we first moved to Bean Blossom 7 years ago. He upgraded our electric, plumbing. and HVAC and undercharged us for his excellent work. Have met few men in our lifetimes as kind and considerate as Brownie. Loved his comedic banter as he worked with Donnie Altop at our house. He became our friend instantly. Brown Country may as well been named after him as he was the epitome of its nature. We will miss you my friend. Peace to the hearts of his family and friends at his passing. Memories of Brownie will forever make us smile.

Dave Gehrich

November 4, 2019

Second only to my father, I don't know of a man in my life who had more influence or impact on my life at an age when it truly mattered the most. I will always hold a very special place of gratitude and respect for Eddie Brown.

Debbie & Ray Guffey

November 3, 2019

This saddens me more than words can say. Ed was a wonderful man. Always there to help
any one in need. He was always telling me what a great man my dad was. Well Ed you were just as great. He told me stories about how much fun they all had when he was remodeling the restaurant. I'm going to miss him a lot. RIP Ed. We love you.💔💔

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