Lowell Wayne Brown, 73, of Chuckey, TN, passed away at the Johnson City Medical Center while surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 10th. He lived heartily, loved joyously, and made life better for all that knew him. \n \nThe son of Arnold and Isabel Brown, Wayne was born in Chuckey, TN in 1946 and learned how to farm tobacco at a young age with his two sisters, Allie and Janice. In 1964, he graduated from Chuckey-Doak High School and attended the University of Tennessee where he met his future wife of 49 years, Virginia Cargile. They married in 1970 while Wayne attended UT, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry. Wayne went on to earn his Masters’ of Science in Wildlife Biology at UT in 1975.\n \nWayne lived a life of virtue. In 1968, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a light infantry platoon sergeant during the Vietnam War from October 1969 through June 1970. Staff Sergeant Brown’s courageous combat leadership proved vital to the men of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. His numerous combat medals include the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Air Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and the Combat Infantry Badge. During Vietnam, Wayne was universally admired by his subordinates, peers, and supervisors, which led to countless lifelong bonds and his enduring involvement within the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society.\n \nFollowing the Vietnam War, Wayne finished school and returned to Chuckey to become a fourth-generation farmer and the sole proprietor of Braunhurst Farms. Throughout his career in farming and agriculture, Wayne tended to a wide variety of commodities to include dairy cattle, pigs, show horses, corn, soybeans, and tobacco. He was a local, state, and national leader in numerous agricultural organizations. Among his countless professional distinctions, Wayne served seven years as a key member of the Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative, culminating in his election as its’ Charmain of the Board in 2011. Under Wayne’s leadership, Braunhurst Farms grew to become one of the largest tobacco suppliers in East Tennessee.\n \nWayne fiercely loved his family, his country, his friends, his co-workers, and his fellow veterans. He taught his children to care about people and to respect the virtues of hard work, moral character, kindness, and generosity. \n \nHe leaves his dear wife, Virginia Cargile Brown, and his two beloved children: Amy Elizabeth Brown (son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Keith McGuire, USAF) and Major Benjamin Cargile Brown, USAFR (daughter-in-law, Jennifer Makenzie Walker). His also leaves five cherished grandchildren: Audrey Brown, Hallie Brown, Jackson Brown, Payton McGuire, and Hazel McGuire. Furthermore, he leaves behind brother-in-law Willard Cargile and sisters-in-law Judie and Lorene Cargile. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Isabel Brown, his twin brothers, Maine and Blaine (died at birth), his sisters Allie Reaves and Janice Kinley, and his brothers-in-law Richard Reaves and Wayne Cargile\n \nA special thank you to the first responders and to the medical staff at the Johnson City Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warriors Project with memo line: “in memory of Wayne Brown.”\n \nVisitation will be from 1-3pm and 5-7pm on Wednesday, August 14th at the Jeffers Funeral Chapel on 101 Graceland Lane in Afton, TN. The funeral service will be at 11am on Thursday, August 15th at Jeffers Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Gibbs officiating. A Masonic Service will be conducted by Baileyton Lodge #520 F&AM. Interment will be the Cedar Grove United Methodist Cemetery immediately following the service with the Greene County Honor Guard conducting the graveside service.\nThoughts and memories maybe shared with the family at www.jeffersmortuary.com\n"Deeds not Words"\n22nd Infantry Regiment \nTo send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of \nLowell Wayne Brown, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.