Tifton Gazette


January 4, 2014

Edgar Ellis Brown

TIFTON — Edgar Ellis Brown, 91, of Tifton died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors with the Revs. Sam Rogers and Stephen Webb officiating. Interment will follow at the Sunset Hill Valdosta City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors.

Active pallbearers will be Bobby Jones, Ed Branch, Tommy Bargeron, Hugh Lewis and Michael Perlis. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Tifton Automobile Club and First United Methodist Men’s SS Class, DeNean Stafford, Frank McGill, Lennon Copeland, Dr. Jeff Peters, Bobby Malcom, Franklin Tanner, Don Turner, Doyle Wiggins, Garland Booth and J.C. Howell.

Mr. Brown was born on Feb. 4, 1922 in Miami, Fla. to the late Lewis Edgar and Bessie Cook Brown. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Jones. After graduating from high school in Florida, he graduated from Stetson College in Deland, Fla. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946 during WWII. He was stationed in the Bay of Japan when General Douglas MacArthur signed the peace treaty on the deck of USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.

Mr. Brown came to Tifton in 1955 as the district manager for Universal CIT, which was the financing company for automobiles and auto dealerships, and then he retired from there after 20 years. In 1968, he purchased the Ford auto dealership and named it Brown Ford Company. He sold the Ford car dealership in 1987. He loved cars. His first new car was a 1950 Ford two-door custom and 20 years later in 1970, he and a group of friends formed the Tiftarea Antique Automobile Club where he served as the president for a total of 10 years. Mr. Brown was a member and past president of the Tiftarea Auto Club and Tiftarea Region Antique Automobile Club of America also. In the early 1970s, he served a term as the mayor of Tifton.

He was a member of Spring Hill Country Club, the Elk’s Lodge and former member of the Tiftarea Coin Collectors Club. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tifton where he counted the Sunday school offering for 45 years.

Mr. Brown is survived by his daughter, Patti Brown-Jacobs and her husband, Thomas, of Alpharetta; a special friend and companion, Kathryn Vining, and her two daughters, Mary Perlis and her husband, Michael, and Melody Williams and her son, Bryson Williams; and nephews, Bobby Jones of Athens and Dennis Jones of Alabama.

You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.


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