Earl F. Brown dies at age 82 - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Longtime Midlands public servant dies at 82

Earl F. Brown (Source: Riverbanks.org) Earl F. Brown (Source: Riverbanks.org)

Earl F. Brown, a longtime community servant, has died at the age of 82.

Brown was most recently Congressman Joe Wilson's deputy district director. He worked in the Second Congressional District Midlands office for 11 years.

"This is a time to recognize an appreciated Patriot of our State," said Wilson. "From his Army service, his Columbia Rotary Club dedication, to rising to being Director of the Human Affairs Commission to the Congressional Office, Earl was driven by his love of people."

Brown served as chairman of the Richland County Airport Commission among other public service positions with several groups including the Riverbanks Park Commission, Central Midlands Regional Council, SC Human Affairs Commission and others.

He was also an active member of numerous organizations including the Columbia Rotary Club, Columbia Urban League, NAACP, National Teachers Association, and United Way of the Midlands.

"His ready smile and can do attitude will be sorely missed by those who knew and served with him," said Jim Hamilton, former airport manager of Jim Hamilton – L.B. Owens Airport.

Brown is a graduate of Savannah State College, Benedict College and University of South Carolina's Criminal Justice Masters Program. He served in the U.S. Army and also worked as a public school teacher.

His daughter Kim says her father was active in the community well into his retirement and wants people to know Brown believed it's never too late to get involved.

"His loss is personal to the Wilson Family where four generations have affectionately identified him as 'Uncle Earl', a tradition that started with the births of our four grandchildren at Lexington Medical Center as Earl was always the first visitor bringing flowers," said Wilson.

"Our sympathy to his daughter Kim, son Felton, and his beloved church family at Brookland Baptist Church," said Wilson.

Brown's funeral will be Thursday, July 31 at 12 noon at Brookland Baptist Church. He will be buried at the National Cemetery at Fort Jackson.

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