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Originally published: 2011-11-10 10:05:23
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Paul Gray Brown

Mr. Paul Gray Brown, 86, of US Hwy 421 North, Zionville, died Tuesday evening, November 8, 2011, at home. Born March 7, 1925, in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Dewitt and Bessie Moody Brown. Paul was a member and former Deacon at Cove Creek Baptist Church. He was the co-owner of Brown Brothers Construction, a real estate developer and a U.S. Navy Veteran. Paul developed Roan Valley Golf Estates and the Shops on Shadowline. Mr. Brown was active in his community, serving on of the Watauga County Board of Education, the Johnson County Hospital Board, as President of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Johnson County Tourism Board, Board of Directors of Mountain State Health Alliance, Johnson County Industrial Board, and the Johnson County Planning Commission.

He is survived by four children, Keeta Norris and husband, Baxter, of Zionville, Neeta Hayden of Charleston, SC, Billie Jo Mains of Zionville, and Steve Brown and wife, Yvonne, of Zionville; seven grandchildren, Casey Miller and wife, Carrie, Maryah Hayden, Michael Hayden, Brittnai Mains, Jeremy Mains, Candace Shultz and husband, Kevin, and Ashley Brown; two step-grandchildren, Alicia and Denver Elliott; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Josephine Bingham; one brother, D. T. Brown; a special friend, Joy Thomas; two special caregivers, Dora Adams and Judy Cornett; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Billie Sutherland.

Funeral services for Mr. Paul Brown will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, at Cove Creek Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Dan Little. Military graveside rites and burial will follow at the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Appalachian Shrine Club, in care of Randy Vines, 1005 George Wilson Road, Boone, NC 28607, or to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, NC 28658.

The family will receive friends 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times friends may call at the residence, 10801 US Hwy 421 North, Zionville.

Online condolences may be sent to the Brown family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Brown family.