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Eddie Lee Brown, born Nov. 29, 1963, went to his heavenly home Jan. 13, 2023, with his devoted sister, Susan and brother-in-law, Jamie by his side.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Irene and Clarence Brown; his maternal grandparents, Tally and Willie Whitmire; his paternal grandparents, Bayne and Myrtle Brown; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by his sister, Susan Smith (Jamie); niece, Brooke Smith; nephew, Jesse Smith (Makina) and their children (Dre and Oaklynn); aunt, Gail Galloway (D.H.); uncle, Charles Whitmire (Bobbie Jean); and numerous cousins and more friends than you could imagine.

He was a devout Christian and the most honorable, humble child of God that anyone could ever know. He knew no strangers and loved every person he met. He was quick to let people know that he would pray for them and didn’t just say it, he meant it. He remembered everything, even small details. He made everyone he encountered feel special and loved.

His life began as a struggle. He spent months in the Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville, where he endured treatments that most people would not be able to withstand. It was thought that it was during those times that he began to know the Lord and trust in him. He was about 12 years old when his sister taught him how to walk again. Even with a late start with his education due to his physical disabilities, he attended several Transylvania County Schools and brought joy to all he met.

He never got his driver’s license, but he was often seen walking, on a bicycle, or riding a moped on the streets of Rosman. He had a nickname of “Downtown Eddie Brown,” given to him by Lori Miller. He loved sitting on his front porch in New Town waving to all who passed. More recently, he could be seen on his side-by-side that he loved. For Christmas, his brother-in-law, Jamie equipped the side-by-side with lights so he could see in the dark while driving home from church on the dirt road.

Like his father, he loved beagles, rabbit hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed bear hunting, coon hunting and camping with his friends and family including Ricky Brown, Randy Searcy and so many others. He was passionate about praising our Lord and Savior and never missed church. He was often seen sitting in a pew at Amazing Grace Church up to an hour before the church services began. He was very fond of Pastor Breck Landreth and his wife. He loved his church family like his own. He was everyone’s “Little Buddy” and influenced all he met in a positive way.

After his father passed in December 2021, Susan and Jamie brought him into their home. During this time, they took him to his first college football game, for a ride on the Polar Express train, trips to Pigeon Forge and many other exciting adventures.

He also shared a love of going out to eat and bingo with his aunt, Gail. They were longtime dining companions and bingo buddies. He had another caretaker, Sherry, that would pick him up and take him anywhere he wanted to go. She was a best friend to him and another person that saw the joy, love and goodness that just gleamed out of him.

He loved his niece, Brooke; his nephew, Jesse and wife MaKina and their children Dre and Oaklynn, with all of his heart. He hugged them every day and told them how special they were. Eddie loved little kids. He never went to bed without telling everyone goodnight, sweet dreams and I love you. Susan started this “Walton – like” ritual after he moved to their home and it soon became a nightly tradition.

When he knew he needed surgery, his favorite saying was a reference to the gospel song “I’m a Winner Either Way.” He was a very special person. He will be forever remembered, love and missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. 2023, at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Woodring Cemetery in Tuckasegee.

Online condolences may be left at www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.com.

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