Charles Richard “Charlie” Brown, 84, of Warrenton, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2020, at the Adler Center for Caring in Aldie.
Born March 24, 1936, in Baltimore, to the late Francis Daniel Brown and Helen Cobb Brown, Charlie grew up on the family’s farm in Salisbury, Maryland. After graduating from Wicomico High School in 1954, he went on to proudly serve in the United States Air Force from 1955 through 1958. Wishing to pursue a career in electrical engineering that he developed over his time in the Air Force, Charlie earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1964 and his master’s degree from George Washington University in 1973.
His engineering career started in the private sector with General Electric in Syracuse, New York, from 1959 to ’67 and continued with Computer Sciences Corp. in Falls Church, from 1967 to ’81. This was followed by a 17-year career with the Department of the Navy inside the DMV, working with Navel Electronics Systems Command from 1981 to ’84, Naval Sea Systems Command from 1984 to ’87 and finally with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command from 1987 until retirement in 1997.
After meeting his beloved wife of almost 56 years, Jeannette I. Lussier Brown, in 1958 while attending Syracuse University, Charlie and Jen wed in 1959 and held brief residences there, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Woodbridge, before settling down in 1971 to raise their two sons in Arlington and residing there until Jen’s passing in 2015.
An ardent lover of sports and the youth who played them throughout his life, he was a consistent coaching figure in Arlington’s youth football and baseball programs from the early 1970s thru the mid-198’s. Off the field, Charlie was a 20-year member of the Better Sports Club of Arlington, serving on the Board of Directors for 12 of those years through 2000, and was the honored recipient of the Billy Castleberry Memorial Award in 1990 and the Arlington Sportsman of the Year Award in 1997. Although baseball teams won several league championships under his helm, his proudest achievement was simply being called “Coach” whenever former players contacted him or stopped by for a visit. Charlie’s later years were filled with following his grandsons on their fields and courts, and watching every game of his beloved Washington Nationals.
Never far from his reach was a Bible. A dedicated follower of Our Lord, Charlie cherished his time in study, debate and fellowship with any man, woman or child who welcomed it. His church ‘family’ at both at Cherrydale Baptist of Arlington and here at Warrenton Baptist over these last five years, gave him a great deal of both enrichment and enjoyment, comforting him greatly in his final earthly days.
He is survived by his two sons and their families, Lawrence “Larry” Brown and wife Dawn of Marshall, and Thomas “Tom” and wife Deirdre of North Chesterfield; three grandsons, Philip, Hunter and Ethan; a very special sister-in-law, Margaret Bull Brown of Salisbury, Maryland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his beloved wife, Jen, he was preceded in death by his three brothers, Thomas M. Brown, Daniel F. Brown and James J. Brown.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at Warrenton Baptist Church
Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association
or the Warrenton Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com