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5/24/2023 6:20:00 PM
Johnny Lee Brown
November 10, 1947 - May 21, 2023

CONOVER, N.C. - Johnny Lee Brown, 75, of Conover, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

He was born November 10, 1947 in Catawba County to the late Floyd and Catherine Bolick Brown. Johnny was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, where he served on various boards and committees. He was an Army National Guard veteran, serving in the 1960’s. Johnny was owner of Brown Oil Company in Conover and served on the Conover City Council. He sang with his church choir, the traveling DLC Choir, and the Catawba Valley Community Chorus. Johnny played church softball and on several community softball teams, and was on the District Men’s tennis 1993 Championship team. He made beautiful stained glass, and loved his family, his wonderful neighbors, and the Conover Community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd “Brownie” Brown Jr.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years Paula K. Brown of the home; sons Eric C. Brown of Hickory, Nathan B. Brown and wife Lisa of Hickory; brother Donald Brown and wife Judy of Conover; sisters Betty Holt of Powell, Tenn., Linda Efird of Charlotte; and Godchild Lydia Newton.

A memorial service with military honors to celebrate Johnny’s life will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Newton due to the Concordia Lutheran Church renovation. Rev. Michael Geml and Rev. Paul Nelson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 5th Ave SE, Conover, NC 28613 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be sent to the Brown family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Brown family.

1-Eddie Sigmon

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