Gene Leonard Brown

1941 ~ 2020 (age 78)


Gene Leonard Brown, 78, of Kannapolis went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Atrium Health Northeast, Concord following a short illness.

Gene was born August 10, 1941 in Iredell County, NC a son of the late Jim W. Brown and Elizabeth Viola Anderson Brown.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a son Gene Leonard Brown II, four brothers; Bob, Linn, James and Harold, one sister, Elizabeth Johnson, and a grandson, Joshua Holden Bost.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Phyllis Green Brown of the home; two daughters, Wendy Bost of Concord and Angie Brown of Kannapolis.

He is also survived by four sisters; Nell Seaford, Mable Morgan, Rachel Ritchie and Peggy Smith all of Kannapolis and two grandsons, Isaac and Panner Bost. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Gene was a master carpenter and was owner/operator of Hi-Co Construction Company. He was known for his craftsmanship in woodworking. He loved fishing, hunting, horses and all animals.

Graveside services to celebrate his life will be held 3:00 P.M. Monday, March 23, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Tom Christensen. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. prior to the service. At other times they will be at the residence. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date when public health concerns allow.

The family request that memorials be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd. Suite 200, Cary, NC 27513, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Humane Society of 2010 Wilshire Ct SW, Concord, NC 28025

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March 23, 2020

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home

Graveside Service
March 23, 2020

3:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
3747 Trinity Church Road
Concord, NC 28027

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