Andrew Clay Brown Sr., age 84, of Dunlap, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Memorial Hospital.
Andrew was born in Dunlap on May 16, 1932 and grew up in the Sequatchie Valley where he graduated from Sequatchie County High School and was a member of the school’s first football team. He was a member of New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
He joined the Air Force in 1951 and retired as Master Sergeant after serving over 20 years with distinction in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters for exceptional airmanship in sustained operations against enemy installations. He also earned the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Andrew and his family are very proud of his service to his country. Andrew was a past Master Mason with the Marquette Lodge 101 F&AM, the Ahmed Temple Shrine Scottish Rite and White Shrine of Jerusalem York Rite. He was also a member of the Guam Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, Oddfellows and a scout master for his son’s troops. He was also a clown when the Shriner Circus came to town.
Andrew was preceded in death by his wife, Ava Yvonne Brown; son, Howard Arthur Brown; parents, Hirskle Arthur Brown and Millie Bond Brown; sisters, Ila Marie Goodson, Dortha Isabell Hendon, Mary Esther Ethiredge, and Eddie Columbus Kroll; and brothers, Gilbert Leroy Brown, David Sevier Brown, and Chester Arthur Brown.
He is survived by his daughters, Rena May Brooks, Janet Rae Brown and Sharon Teresa Eis (George Kozma); son, Andrew Clay Brown Jr.; sisters, Josephine Nellie Higdon, Shirley Brown Wilson and Anna Louise Varner; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was a loving husband and father to his children, as well as a doting grandfather. Andrew hosted a family get-together every 4th of July rivaling any in the county, sparing no expense. He enjoyed showing the younger children how to shoot bottle rockets and firecrackers. His apple pies were well loved by his family and asked for at the family get-togethers.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 28 in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jeremy Byrd officiating. Burial will be in Hoodenpyle Cemetery with military honors provided by Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard.
Online condolences can be made at reedfamilyfh.com.
Standefer-Reed Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.