Ernest Brown

Hamilton County

Sr.Ernest L. Brown Sr., a longtime resident and entrepreneur of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, surrounded by family.He was born on May 24, 1922,in Monterey, Tenn., moved to several towns, but spent his high school years in Spring City, Tenn. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, and stayed until 1945. He was a Corporal in the Medical Corps that was attached to the 405th Engineer Battalion. He had various jobs in Chattanooga until 1955 when he began Browns Warehouse, a wholesale furniture distributor. This business grew with help of Eddie Brannon and was a success and expanded to multiple locations and included retail furniture sales. He retired in 1992 at the age of 70. He served many years as a deacon at First Baptist Church Golden Gateway. He enjoyed golf and was a long time member of Valleybrook Gold and Country Club.Preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Proffitt; and parents, Walter A. and Hattie Brown.Survived by loving wife of 65 years, Norma Pedigo Brown; son, Ernie Brown (Lynda); and sister, Bettye Buffington; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home East Brainerd Chapel.Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens Cemetery.The family will receive friends today, Jan. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the Walter Boehm Birth Defects Center, 975 East Third St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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