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Mr. Curtis Howard Brown Sr., U.S. Navy retired, age 88, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday morning, March 15, 2016, at Savannah Grand of Amelia Island.

Mr. Brown was born on Nov. 5, 1927, in Screven, one of six children born to the late Raymond and Vera Brady Brown. He was a graduate of Griffin High School class of 1945 and immediately joined the United States Navy. Mr. Brown served in the Europe theater during World War II and also in the Korean War. He served as a chief boatswain mate and received his honorable discharge after 31 years of service.

He continued to work for the U.S. government in the civil service and retired after 21 years of service. He has been a resident of Locust Grove, Kingsland and for the past several years of Fernandina Beach to be close to his family.

Mr. Brown was past worshipful master from Hyde Park Lodge No. 370 in Jacksonville, Fla., past grand royal patron of Amaranth, past worthy patron Order of the Eastern Star and past supreme king Order of the White Shrine. He was Baptist by faith.

Mr. Brown leaves behind his wife of more than 32 years, Dorothy Brown of Fernandina Beach; his sons, Curtis Howard Brown Jr. of Cartersville and Michael Dale Brown of Jacksonville; five stepchildren; and oodles of grands and greats.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home with the Rev. Devin Shultz officiating. Masonic honors will be provided by Hyde Park Lodge No. 370. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. Mr. Brown will be laid to rest in Jacksonville National Cemetery with full military honors provided the United States Naval Honor Guard.

If so desired, memorials may be made in Mr. Brown’s name to American Diabetes Association, 7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 104A, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Meals on Wheels, Council On Aging of Nassau County Inc., 1367 S. 18th. St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Please share his life legacy and leave your memories and condolences at www.oxleyheard.com.

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