August 20, 1929 – July 24, 2020
Foy Brown, of Spring Valley, California, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Friday July 24th, 2020. At home, after a hospital stay, Foy’s health declined quickly. He passed away, peacefully, at the age of 90, in his home with family by his side.
Foy was born in Toombs County, Georgia on August 20, 1929. He was the son of the late Justice David Brown and Nettie Lois (Colvard) Brown. He grew up on a farm in Wilkes County Georgia. He had a twin brother and 9 other siblings. He and his twin, tired of raising cotton, joined the Navy at the age of 17. During his 21 years in the Navy he took every opportunity offered to advance his education. After retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, he settled his family in San Diego, California, and began a second career in Aircraft Quality Control with the Civil Service. He was a committed lay leader and ordained deacon in the Southern Baptist Church since the early 1960’s. His last service, at Bethel Baptist Church in Escondido, Ca.
On November 11, 1951 he married Betty Jo (Kinder) Brown. They had four children, David Foy, Sharon Mae, Susan Jo and Rebecca Lynn, each born in a different state at a different Naval Air Station. He and Betty were married for 57 years and he loving cared for her until she died from complications of alzheimer’s on March 30, 2008. He continued to assist Susan, in caring for Sharon until Sharon’s death on July 27, 2019
As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Foy never missed an opportunity to teach a lesson. Electronics, electricity, ships, airplanes and bible trivia were some of his favorites. As dementia took a toll, he would stealthfully move a conversation to something he was well versed in. Foy took every opportunity to lead others to the Lord and to the Bible as a source of wisdom and strength. He lead and served his family with unwavering faith and selfless love until his very last breath. He was greatly respected by family, friends and community.
Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his wife, Betty, daughter, Sharon Brown, great-grandson, Justice Wayne Blakey and 9 siblings, including his twin, Troy Brown of Washington, Georgia. He is survived by son, David F. Brown and his wife Adrienne, daughter, Susan Blakey and daughter Rebecca Pastore and husband Ben. Cherished and admired by 10 grandchildren and their spouses; Jacob and Tiffany Blakey, Lacy and Josh Garlow, Kinder and Kristopher Brown, David and Kirsten Brown, Bradley and Chelsea Brown, Samatha and Gates Molitor, Benjamin Pastore, Nathan and Rebecca Pastore, Nicolas Pastore and Aubriana and Tommy Nivens. Forever loved by 18 great-grandchildren; Lukas, Jackson and Tyson Garlow, Dakota, Georgia, Memphis and Ada Blakey, Winter, Shepherd and Juniper Brown, Landon and Paisley Brown, Cade and Dylan Brown, Wyatt and Rhett Pastore and Cash Pastore. Also survived by sister, Geraldine Brown Banks of Lincolnton, Ga.
There will be a graveside service on August 14 at 11am at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.
Friday, August 14, 2020
August 13, 2020
Foy and I met at Bethel Baptist Church in 1999, and we served together as Deacons. We also had similar work and cultural backgrounds. Though he was from my father's generation, I related to him as an older brother/cousin and a mentor. His life modeled what was required to be a loving father, husband, care giver, Christian. We kept in contact after he moved from Escondido, and though months might go by before we would speak and see each other, we picked up where we left off. So yes, he was a true and dear friend. We who knew him were better off for it, and the world is now poorer from his passing. Yet, he has reached his true home, and I have no doubt that he was welcomed home by the Lord with those words "well done, thou good and faithful servant,"