George Washington Brown, Jr. ’50

George Washington Brown Jr., 98, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

Born June 2, 1924, in Gastonia, he was the son of the late George Washington Brown Sr. and Ethel Albright Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Nan Littlejohn Brown; three sisters, Mildred B. Walsh, Frances B. Laubach and Christine Brown; and two brothers, Harold Brown and Gene Brown.

A long-standing member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Hickory, George was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during World War II. After the war, he was a 1950 graduate of Davidson College and went on to be the owner of Stylecraft Furniture, which allowed him to do what he loved.

He is survived by his children, George A. Brown and wife, Sandra of Hickory and Jean Brown of Durham; grandchildren, Robbie Griffin and wife, Ashley of Asheville, Charlie Griffin and wife, Jennifer of Granite Falls; great-grandchildren, Jenna, Jackson, Natalie and Hunter Griffin; brother, Roger Brown of Kinston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory, with the Rev. Heather Davis and the Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd officiating. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.