June 27, 2021, 78, Goldsboro –
On Sunday, June 27, 2021, Jimmy Brown, loving husband, and father of three children passed away at the age of 78.
Jimmy was born on December 6, 1942, to Chauncey Southerland and Virginia Edens Brown.
Jimmy was a graduate of Goldsboro High School in 1961. Jimmy lived and worked in Greensboro NC most of his adult life at Galloway Buick. He worked in all aspects of the car business. Jimmy was larger than life to his family and friends. It was often said that he wasn’t just the life of the party he was the party. He was admired by his colleagues, family, and friends for the way his personality lit up a room. He was also a prankster who loved to pull a joke on anybody and everybody, especially if you were gullible enough to get in a car with him. Jimmy was a big man, but his heart was even bigger. Jimmy was a gentle giant. He never knew a stranger and was always ready to help anyone that needed him. He proved that by living his life by example and helped hundreds of people get sober and stay sober through his work with Alcoholics Anonymous. He was proud of the work he did with this organization and was a leader and speaker for many years. He told his story to all that would listen as a testimony of his faith. He celebrated his 39th year of sobriety on June 7, 2021. He loved his family, his friends, his animals and was an avid UNC fan. Jimmy will be remembered by all for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Nancy Brown Stroud. He is survived by his wife Rita Brown of Greensboro NC, daughters and son in laws Beth and Eugene Jones of Goldsboro NC, Paige and Andy Hartley of Goldsboro NC, and Jamie Borum of Wilmington NC, Grandchildren Eric and Brandy Jones, Bryan and Christy Jones, Adam Hartley, Zach Hartley, Mason Borum, and Caroline Borum. Great grandchildren Ansley, Bennett, Emma Grace, and Lane Jones, Raylee and Reed Gurley. He is also survived by his sisters and Brothers-in-law, Anne and Eddie Wessell, Sally and Joe Dominique, and Mike Stroud, numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
There will be a Visitation/Celebration of life at the home of his daughter and son-in-law Beth and Eugene Jones, 212 Mint Court Goldsboro NC Tuesday evening from 6-8. Please stop by and share your memories with the family.
A memorial service will be held July 1, 2021, 2 pm Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home & Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro NC 27407.