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Billy, beloved husband, father, “Pappy” and veteran, grasped the hand of our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. At his side was his wife of 48 years, Marsha Mann Brown, son Capt. William S. “Bill” Brown, III (Wanchese); daughter, Bonnie Brown Rowe and husband Woody (Frisco); four grandchildren Kristian Brown, Ben Brown and Elizabeth Brown, and Jeffrey Mueller. Also present was his beloved second daughter Bonnie Jo Waits (Wanchese) and granddaughter Stormy Heroux, as well as dear friends and ‘Pepper’, his faithful Yorkie.

A brilliant, humble and sweet man born in Raleigh, NC to Rev. William S. & Virginia C. Brown on November 1, 1946 he was known for his countless achievements in life both personally and professionally. His excellent work ethic, dedication to veterans and the residents of Dare County earned him the love and respect of everyone who knew him.

Following graduation from Manteo High School in 1965, Billy proudly served in the U. S. Army as Seargent during the Vietnam War – Tet Offensive. After his Honorable Discharge in March 1968 and at the request of Sheriff Frank Cahoon, Billy joined the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. There he carried out his duties as Deputy Sheriff and implemented the Dare County E.M.S. program teaching E.M.T. classes, delivering four babies en route to hospitals outside Dare County and mentoring many.

During his many years of service to Dare County and its citizens, Billy supervised both the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Water Plant (Rodanthe) and the Skyco Water Plant (Skyco), so successfully that each plant won an award for the “Best Tasting Drinking Water in North Carolina”. Following his retirement from the County of Dare, he enjoyed part time employment as a driver for Dare County Transportation.

At the time of his passing, Billy served as a Dare County Veterans Advisory Council member; Adjutant & Vice Commander of American Legion Post 26 and he was the Outer Banks V.F.W. Post 10950 Service Officer. Billy was known for his faith in God and loved by his church family of Manteo First Assembly.

In each facet of his life, Billy was determined to be the best he could be inspiring others to do the same. Known to many as “sweetie pie” in the Coastland Times weekly newspaper column, “GIG LINE”, Billy reached out to veterans to encourage them to seek the help and benefits they deserve. Billy Brown will always be remembered, respected and loved.

A special memorial service will take place Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Manteo First Assembly of God at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow in the Youth House onsite. Billy’s family is receiving friends at their home at 163 Roanoke Trail, Manteo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Outer Banks V.F.W. Post 10950, PO Box 713, Nags Head, NC 27959-0713 earmarked ‘Billy Brown Memorial Scholarship’.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.twifordfh.com.


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Marsha M. Brown has been writing a weekly Gig Line since 2012.  Marsha is the widow of Vietnam War, U.S. Army, veteran Billy Brown of Manteo, NC.  She was instrumental in establishing the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council and maintains an active role in the veteran community. You can reach Marsha with questions or suggestions at editor@giglineheroes.com.  Have a story to tell or a veteran to feature? She would love to hear from you!

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