William Robert Brown

Born in Clarksville, TN on May 5, 1922

Departed on January 14, 2017 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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William Robert “Bill” Brown of Gallatin, TN, with his beloved Peggy by his side, passed peacefully on January 14, 2017, in Delray Beach, FL.  He was 94.  He was born in Clarksville, TN, on May 5, 1922, to Irl and Ruby (Winn) Brown.

After graduating from high school at 16 he studied theory of flight, navigation, and astronomy courses at Austin Peay College.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corp during WWII.  As a cadet, he was deferred to do defense work at Glenn L. Martin, Baltimore, MD, and Vultee in Nashville.  He was in the Field Service & Experimental Department that modified and built the proto-type B-25 which flew off the carrier Hornet to bomb Tokyo, the famous Doolittle Raid.   He was stationed on Tinian Island in the Pacific, where he flew 20 combat missions in B-29s.  He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross three times: two for bombing runs over Tokyo and one for Osaka.  His service was a lifelong source of pride.

Following WWII he returned to Nashville to begin a career as a manufactures’ representative, which he continued until the age of 85.  He and Peggy have resided in Gallatin, TN, on Old Hickory Lake for the past 43 years.  They maintained a winter home in Delray Beach, FL.  He was a 60-year member of the Jere Baxter Masonic Lodge and a 50-year member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple.  He was a member of the Rehoboth Methodist Church in Gallatin.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years Peggy (Strickland) Brown, daughter Diane (Jon) Chellgren, grandchildren David (Kathryn) Chellgren, Brian (Veronique) Chellgren, Valerie (Matt Ryan) Skelton, Matthew Skelton.  He has six great grandchildren Jacob Ryan, Abigail Chellgren, Daniel Chellgren, Lauren Chellgren, Eric Chellgren, John Chellgren.  He is predeceased by his daughter Pamela (Mike) Skelton.

Visitation will be at Hendersonville Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 24, from 5 PM-8 PM.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 25, at 11 AM.

5 Comments to William Robert Brown

  1. Ron Smithfield
    January 23, 2017 5:14 pm

    Bill was a true American hero both during WWII and the way he treated everyone he met. He truly “never met a stranger”.
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Bill several years ago about his war time experiences. He had so many stories it was hard to end the interview. He was very proud of his family. Our condolences to Peggy, Diane and the Brown family.

  2. Robert & Mary Johnson
    January 26, 2017 10:44 pm

    Bill Brown was a kind, classy gentlemen, a patriot and hero. A man who truly loved God, and who was an inspiration to people even half his age due his infectious energy, and passion for life! While I’ve battled some of my own health issues these past several years, I watched as Bill would regularly usher at church (even when he had difficulty walking prior to his hip surgery)! It never stopped him. I loved to hear his stories about WWII, and life in general. He was successful probably in every way imaginable in life as a devoted husband,father, provider and friend! I (we), will always remember Bill’s smile and can do spirit, and of course…you can’t think of Bill without thinking of Peggy. 72 years together! What an amazing blessing! Bill & Peggy will always be a treasure to us for what they represented. Love, dignity and class! Bill made the world a better place…America a safer place… and life a little sweeter place! Thank you Bill for being someone we can all look up to as a reminder of what living a good life represents. True love never dies! We love you Peggy and pray for you, your daughter and family! Robert & Mary Johnson & Family

  3. Peggy BrownP
    March 13, 2017 4:00 pm

    Dear Robert,Mary and the sweet,dear family,

    Bill and I enjoyed being with you on Sundays at Rehoboth and appreciate your love to me during this sad time in my life. He was all that I could wish for during our time together. I ask for God’s Blessings for you. Love,Peggy

  4. Peggy Brown
    March 13, 2017 4:02 pm

    Thank you

  5. Donna Walton Meredith
    July 17, 2017 10:45 am

    My thoughts & prayers are with you Dear Peggy. I have such wonderful memories of your family & kindness kindness to me as a young girl. God certainly blessed you both!

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