David Carhart Brown, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Vilas, N.C., on June 27, 2019.
Born on June 11, 1933, in Floral Park, NY, to Henry and Lilian Brown, he grew up in Rockville Centre, NY.
Always passionate about life, Dave was voted ‘Class Wit’ in high school. A gifted singer, he enjoyed acting in musical theater. He loved singing competitively in Barbershop Quartets, with Big Bands, and took every opportunity to sing the music from the fifties. Dave graduated from Duke University with the Class of 1955, took graduate classes at Hofstra University in NY, and attended Northeastern Bible College in NJ. For the rest of his life, he had a passion for Christian ministry.
He spent time as a youth pastor, leading neighborhood Bible studies, and doing extensive evangelistic work in his tent ministry. In his later years, he was a faithful and loyal member of the Yokefellow Prison Ministry, serving prisoners in Spruce Pine, N.C., every Monday night without fail for many years. He dearly loved those prisoners and, along with the Yokefellows, considered them to be his church family.
After college, he taught at the high school level, and eventually started a landscaping business, and for the rest of his life he was self employed. He had a variety of businesses: Brown’s Stained Glass Studio in Foscoe, two Subway stores in Greensboro, and finally the Dairy Queen in Boone where he was affectionately known as “DQ Dave”.
After he retired, Dave was able to return to his love of the outdoors, spending countless hours working in his garden and manicuring his lovely yard.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lilian Brown; his brother, Robert Brown; and his sister, Elizabeth Brown McGhee. He is survived by Debbie, his devoted wife of thirty-nine years; and five children, Abby Brown of Vienna, Austria; Jake Brown of West Hollywood, Calif.; Robin Brown of Mass.; Becky Brown of Mass.; and David Brown, Jr.. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Brown of Cambridge, Mass.; three granddaughters and one great-grandson.
There will be an informal Memorial Gathering on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Beulah Land Farm which is located at 170 Beulah Land Lane, Vilas, NC, 28692. Call Lee Ann Johnson with questions at 828-964-3606.
Online condolences may be sent to the Brown family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.