Woodrow Wilson Brown

August 20, 1931November 14, 2021

Woodrow Wilson Brown, 90, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC. Woodrow was born August 20, 1931 in Mullins, SC the son of Belton Thomas Brown and Ethel Turbeville Brown and was one of eight children.

Both parents died young, and Woodrow grew up in Crosswell Home for Children in Sumter, SC. After high school graduation he left Crosswell and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following his military service, he graduated from Elon College in 1959 and enjoyed a long career in pharmaceutical sales. He was a faithful member and elder of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC. He’s spent the past 16 years living in Raleigh and attending Trinity Baptist Church. He loved the Lord, his family and his friends.

Woodrow is survived by his wife Anita Liles Brown; children Mark Brown and wife Allison, Kelley Brown and wife Alona, Kristi Heckel and husband Robert, Wesley Brown; grandchildren Kevin Brown and wife Lacey, Kirk Brown and wife Sarah, Emily Heckel, Blake Heckel, Cooper Brown, Rachael Spilka, Rebecca Spilka and husband Davis, Ryan Beck; brother Belton Brown and wife Joanna and their sons David and wife Lorie, and John; plus many other nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by great grandchild Eliza Brown.

Family will receive visitors at 10am on Monday, November 22 at Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC. Celebration of Life will follow at 11am.

Memorials may be made to Crosswell Home for Children or Trinity Baptist Church.


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 22, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, November 22, 2021


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Ree Threlkeld

November 20, 2021

I knew Woody from Gastonia Children's Clinic back in the 70's. What a great personality!! Never met a stranger and always had a smile. So sorry for your loss.

Dorothy Petty

November 19, 2021

Woody was a fine man--a joy to be with. His passing makes me sad. Blessings to his family. dp

John Dabbs

November 19, 2021

My childhood was made better by the kindness of Uncle Woody, and his kindness was there as I grew older. Some of the best memories were made at Cherry Grove/Myrtle Beach. The Browns always made us have a terrific time together. He was a man who loved the Lord and you knew it just being around him. We will understand everything in Heaven. I love you and rest in Gods loving peace. Sincerely John Dabbs

Tina Smith

November 17, 2021

Uncle Woody will always be remembered in my heart for his big smile, laughter, zeal for life, and love for his friends and family. I’ve always known he never met a stranger! What I admire most was his faith in Jesus and his tremendous love for my Aunt Anita.
My prayers and sympathies are with the family. I hope you find great joy as you celebrate his life and treasure your sweet memories. May you feel comfort and peace in the days ahead.


Paul & Marie Stowers

November 17, 2021

Woody and Anita are dear friends we meet at TBC. We enjoyed eating out with friends where Woody was always so cheerful and full of good stories. He could really clean a fish too! Good memories of a wonderful Christian man.

maxcy garrett

November 17, 2021

RIP ole Buddy. Good memories from Elon.


November 16, 2021

We at MOSS DRUG STORE are very sorry for your loss . We loved Woody, when he came to visit at the store , he would sit at the table in our breakroom for hours with FRED MOSS, KADER RAMSEY, BOBBY MOSS, CARL LOWE ,SIDNEY WILFONG, AND LARRY HARRIS .They talked politics , and tried to solve all the problems of the world , got really heated sometimes!! MISS THOSE DAYS ... He was a very nice , caring person .
Norma Lutz ,and
Your friends from Moss Drug