David Alan Brown

July 19, 1957May 5, 2020

David A. Brown of Flat Rock, North Carolina passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020. He was born July 19, 1957 in Germany.

He was adopted by his parents Norma and Ed Brown. He was predeceased by his father Ed Brown. Dave is survived by his wife, Merle, son, Chad, mother Norma Reynolds and step father Henry Reynolds.

Dave retired from Carter’s Inc. in 2011. He and his wife moved from Atlanta to Sanibel, Florida and more recently to North Carolina to be closer to his parents and family. He enjoyed fishing, golf, and spending time with friends and family.

A Memorial Service will not be held at this time.

Donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Attn: Sergio A. Giralt, MD In Memory of David A. Brown 1275 York Avenue New York, NY 10065


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Ross Jones

September 2, 2020

Merle and Chad - so sorry for your loss. I know Dave will be missed by so many. I worked closely with Dave for almost a decade after Berkshire Partners acquired Carter’s in 2001 at which time my partner Brad Bloom and I joined the board. Whenever there was a problem, Dave knew how to fix it. I also enjoyed playing golf with Dave at Atlanta National and a favorite story he’d tell of his getting to College and having the football coach yell at him for not running drills at full speed in practice (he was!!). We’d lost touch more recently, but his partnership with us will always be remembered and appreciated. On behalf of Dave’s friends at Berkshire, Ross

Anonymous Anonymous

May 24, 2020

A wonderful friend, a mentor. Dave shaped my life and was always there when advice was needed. He was generous with is time and would give an arm for a friend in need. He will be missed at the deepest level. Merle and Chad, thank you for sharing him with us for all these years.

Jack Stephenson

May 20, 2020

Too many great memories to list. Some highlights were Auburn football games and Vegas trips. A special memory was being with Dave at the 2014 College Football Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Auburn vs Florida State- what a game. And a Vegas side trip as well. Special man with a huge heart. If the world were made up of Dave Browns- it would be nirvana! He will be greatly missed!!