GAITHER LEE BROWN, SR. was born to the late John Wesley Brown and Mary Street Brown on February 26, 1928, in Person County, Roxboro, North Carolina, where he was raised on the farm. He departed this earthly life and entered the Heavenly realm on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Signature Health Care in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
After serving his country in the United States Military, Gaither relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where he became one of the first African American master plumbers and was a subcontractor for Roto Rooter. Because of his excellent memory, he knew Baltimore counties, streets, and communities very well.
Gaither met and married the former Henrietta Rogers who preceded him in death. God blessed this union with two children, Gaither Lee Brown, Jr. and Queen Brown.
Gaither was later united in Holy Matrimony to the former Celeste Webb, who also preceded him in death. One son was born to this union, Ivan Brown. Gaither and Celeste moved to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, in the early nineties and joined a church in Littleton, North Carolina. The high point of his life was in the mid-nineties when he was baptized in Jesus’ name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. He and Celeste became members of the First Pentecostal Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
In addition to his parents and wives, Gaither was predeceased by two sons, Ivan Brown and Anthony Webb.
Those loved ones remaining to forever cherish the precious memories of his life are his sons, Gaither Lee Brown, Jr. (Roberta) of Harbor City, CA, and Brian Webb of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his daughters, Queen Brown of Durham, NC, Evelyn Sturdivant and Helen Tyson (Henry) all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; one grandson, Charles Graves, Jr. of Durham, NC; one granddaughter, Takia Brown of Chicago, IL; one great-grandson, Charles “Charlie” Graves III of Durham, NC, whom he was blessed to hold and play with on several occasions; his brothers, Bishop Poindexter Brown of Marion, PA, and Arthur Brown of Baltimore, MD; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, in the chapel of the funeral home. Elder Debra B. Street, pastor of the Greater Covenant Church in Roxboro, NC., will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Crestview Memorial Cemetery, 289 Smith Church Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC. Because of Covid-19, the CDC guidelines will be followed for all services by limiting the number of persons attending. A viewing will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 31, 2020, and only five persons will be allowed to enter at any one time.