Clarence William Brown Jr.

January 14, 1925March 15, 2014

Clarence William Brown, Jr., 89, of Richmond went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred B. Folks. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Penny B. Brown; two daughters, Yvonne B. Goff (David) and Lynda B. Chafin (Steve); 5 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Martha B. Lotts; and two nephews and one niece.

Mr. Brown retired from WWBT Channel 12 after 47 years of service, and he was a decorated World War II ARMY veteran, receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at Faith Landmarks Ministries, 8491 Chamberlayne Rd. Interment in Westhampton Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 20, 2014

Clarence William Brown Jr.

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Shirley Thomas-Yeratt

March 23, 2014

Hi Penny & Girls
I am so sorry for your loss & mine, because I loved him. He was my Allentown and Southside Church Buddy. Although we have been apart for many years, I would think of him often, Such an outstanding person who offered lots of love and understanding. We'll all be together some day.

Judy (Mike) Goodrow

March 20, 2014

I have the honor to call "CB" my Gramps.

Gramps, I do not have the adequate words to express my great love, honor and respect for you. I am blessed to have you as my Grandfather. During this transition, many things flood my thoughts and heart. I love you and miss you already. As I was sitting with Nana on the sofa the other night, I expected to see you coming down the hallway, smile and tell me as you often did in joking, "oh, knock it off" LOL...then you would smile brightly.

His family, co-workers and friends were his life and addition to his personal relationship with God. Anyone who knew him would agree that if you needed anything, he was right there.

I love you "Grampie" and will see you again one day!! xoxoxo

Dirk Warner

March 20, 2014

Clarence never had anything but kind words for everyone, and it was truly my honor to work with him at Channel 12...Rest in Peace, are one of the best.

Rocio Gibbs

March 19, 2014

It was a pleasure knowing Clarence, better known as Papi to me, since I adopted him as my dad at church (Faith Landmarks Ministries) :) He never said much, but his eyes and smile said a lot. I will miss you papi, rest in the Lord and we will see you again in our eternal home. My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Rocio A. Gibbs (Rosie)
Faith Landmarks Ministries Member

Robert Barden

March 19, 2014

"Clarence was a dear friend and neighbor for over 50 years. My sincere condolences to Penny and family."

Ben Hamlin

March 19, 2014

It was always a pleasure to see and chat with CB. He always had a smile and a kind word. Whenever I went back to master control with sattelite coordinates for a game or event he would always find time to get the dish turned for me. Sometimes the sattelite coordinates that were sent to me were wrong. On those occasions CB would scan the skies to find that game so that I would have highlights for the sportscast. Going above and beyond to help someone. That is the kind of man he was.

Charlie Bates

March 18, 2014

I worked with Clarence when Channel 12 was WRVA and then switched to WWBT. Clarence never spoke one unkind word in the years I shared with him in the control room. Clarence was truly an inspiration and I learned so much from him. "The Greatest Generation" has sent another member home.

March 18, 2014

Rosemary and I send our condolences to Penny and the all the Brown family. It was a privilege to work with Clarence for so many years. He was so dedicated to Channel 12, and continued to work there even after his
retirement. Penny and the girls meant everything to him. He was loved by many. Rest in Peace C.B.

Dave and Rosemary Frasier, Bon Air, VA

Ron Miller

March 18, 2014

"Patience, tolerance, quick to smile...rare qualities in the hectic TV business, but then Clarence was a rare individual. Rest in Peace Clarence."

John Hinant

March 18, 2014

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Mr. Brown. I know he was a good husband and father.

The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love.

May today's sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God's love.