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Charles 'Charlie' Rufus Brown

April 5, 1937 — June 25, 2024

Abbeville, SC

Charles 'Charlie' Rufus Brown

Charles ‘Charlie’ Rufus Brown, 87, of Abbeville, husband of Marie Williams Brown, died Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home. He was born in Ware Shoals to the late Iler Alexander and Helen Josephine Davis Brown.

Charlie graduated from Greenwood High School, Class of 1956. He worked tirelessly for 40 years at Winn Dixie in Greenwood, Abbeville and briefly in Anderson, leaving a lasting impact through his dedication and hard work. A proud US Navy Veteran, Charlie later retired from the S.C. National Guard as part of the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense in Anderson, SC. He was a member of Abbeville First Baptist Church, the Shirley Seawright Bible Study Class and the Tweenagers Senior Group. Charlie will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bobby Joe Brown, Gordon Brown and William D. Brown; and a sister, Hazel McKee.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie, of the home; two sons, Joe Robert Brown (Roxane) of Lexington, KY and Dr. Carl Alexander Brown (Susan) of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Kathryn Brown McDowell (Adam) of Abbeville, SC; six grandchildren, Noah, Haylee, Matthew, Emily, Abram and Abigail; and a great-grandson, Ashton.

The family will receive friends 10:00AM – 11:00AM, Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Harris Funeral Home, Abbeville Chapel. Funeral services, with military honors, will begin at 11:00AM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ray Brown and Rev. Chris Sullivan officiating.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Charlie, may be sent to Piedmont Agency on Aging - Meals on Wells, PO Box 997, Greenwood, SC 29648 or Vets Helping Vets, 200 Long Branch Street, Abbeville, SC 29620 or the Humane Society of Abbeville County, PO Box 256, Abbeville, SC 29620.

The family is at the home.

A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.harrisfuneral.com.

Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the Brown family.

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Abbeville - Harris Funeral Home

302 N Main St, Abbeville, SC 29620

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

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302 N Main St, Abbeville, SC 29620

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