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Carleton Lois Phillips Brown, 89, of Erwin, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Appalachian Christian Village in Johnson City. She was born in Garden City, S.D., a daughter of the late Eugene and Edith Broyles Phillips.
She was a star basketball player during her high school years at Washington College. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Erwin. She was a former Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout den mother.
Mrs. Brown was employed by the former A. R. Brown & Company, worked as an interior designer for Baylor & Nelms, Kingsport, and later retired from the former CE Refractories quality control department.
She was a devoted and beloved mother and homemaker. She will be fondly remembered for her holiday dinners which showcased her culinary expertise and sense of style and hospitality. She enjoyed many summer picnics with extended family at Rock Creek Park.
She will also be remembered for her love of animals and especially for her compassionate, care-giving nature toward family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William M. Brown, in 1967, and by 2 brothers, Warren and Ross Howard Phillips.
Survivors include a son, William M. “Mac” Brown, and his wife, Mary K., of Erwin; daughters: Carole Hudson and husband, Robert, of Johnson City, Beth Clarke and husband, Tom, of Wilmington, Del.; brothers: Harry Phillips and wife, Dorothy, of Denver, Colo., Reuben Phillips and wife, Linda, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., Gary Phillips and wife, Betty, of Chicago, Ill.; sisters: Evelyn VanEck of Bartlesville, Okla., Marie Collins of Irving, Texas; grandchild: Lesli J. Hudson of Northampton, Mass.; several nieces and nephews, including a beloved niece, Sandra J. Harrison of Hendersonville, N.C.
A Memorial Service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Daniel Winegar officiating. Instrumental selections will be provided by pianist, Harry Phillips.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.