Doris Winifred Gibson Brown went to be with her heavenly father on June 18, 2012, at Wilora Lake Healthcare Center, Charlotte. Born on July 6, 1916, in the Gilead Community of Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of the late Lucy Jane Beard Gibson and Albert Derr Gibson.
During World War II, Mrs. Brown worked at the Shell Plant and at Efird’s Department Store in Charlotte. At age 55, she began working at Joe’s Fabric Shop where she was employed for 23 years. A wonderful seamstress, she made all her clothes, as well as those of her daughters while growing up. Mrs. Brown was known for her beautiful quilts and Christmas Carolers that are cherished by her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband Welbern Clegg Brown Sr. in 1978 and her three brothers: Kenneth, Louis and Mason, four sisters: Edna, Leona Belle, Catherine and Mildred, two grandchildren: Renee Brown Johnson and George (JR) Frederickson.
She was survived by two sons: Welbern Clegg Brown Jr. of Mooresville and John Baxter Brown of Loris, S.C.; five daughters: Marlene and husband Bob Jones of Charlotte, Jeanette Anderson of Knoxville, Tenn., Carolyn and husband Mike Moore of Charlotte, Elizabeth (Betty Ann) and husband Bill Smith of Danville, Va., and Elaine and husband James Houser of Stanley, N.C.; 15 grandchildren: Tommy Cowart, Mark Jones, Michele Regan, Jimmy Anderson, Jennifer Moore, Julie Beeler, David Moore, Mark Moore, Rick Moore, Greg Moore, Patrick Smith, Alan Smith, Chris Houser, Brian Houser and Shaun Houser, 27 great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and three special nieces: Connie McCoy, Barbara Pope and Faye Lovelace.
The family appreciates all the dear friends that she had at Wilora Lake Lodge and the care and concern by the staff at the Healthcare Center and Hospice.
Doris was a lifelong member of Gilead A.R.P. Church, as well as the oldest living member. The family expresses deep gratitude to Pastor Hunter for his loving, spiritual care during our mother’s long illness. The family will miss their beloved mother!
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at Gilead A.R.P. Church with Pastor Robert Hunter officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 prior to services in the church fellowship hall. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gilead A.R.P. Church, 15303 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, NC 28078.
James Funeral Home, Huntersville, is serving the family. www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com