Memorial service will be on June 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at First Broad Street United
Methodist Church with Rev. Jack Weikel and Rev. Joe Green officiating. Receiving of
Friends will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John R Hay House
Inc. through First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
East Tennessee Funeral Home is humbled and honored to serve The Brown Family.
Life Story for Robert Brown
Robert (Bob) Hayes Brown, 87, went to his heavenly home on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Bob was born in Roanoke, Virginia to Frank E. Brown, Jr. and Nell Verran.
Bob graduated Washington & Lee University with a BS degree in economics.
After graduation, he spent four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean
War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. He later
continued his education, receiving a Master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute in statistics.
He spent most of his working career with Tennessee Eastman Company as a
Statistician. He was an active member of the American Society for Quality.
Bob and his former wife, Beverly Mulholland Brown, raised their four children
In 1987, Bob married Janie Cross Smith. They were members of First Broad
Street United Methodist Church. Bob and Janie were active in the jail ministry
And led a group to establish a halfway house for ex-offenders. The John R. Hay
House has since grown tremendously under professional leadership and
Continues to serve the Tri-Cities area. Bob was also an active supporter of the
Habitat for Humanity organization.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, former wife; Beverly
Mulholland Brown, wife; Janie Brown and Sister; Kathryn Brown Harris.
He is survived by his brother; William V. Brown (Norma) of Fort Mill, SC., Four
children; Andrew Brown (Carolyn) of Winston Salem, NC., Stephen Brown (Cathy)
of Morristown, TN., Hayes Brown (Merika) of Silver Springs, MD. & step-son; William Scott Smith (Anita) of Kingsport, TN.,
eight Grandchildren; Maggie, Walton, Lindsay, Madeline, Emma, Audrey, Rowan and Grant.