John Calvin Brown, 95, died on July 11, 2019 at the St. Joseph Health Center of the Belle Meade Retirement Community. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 10th at Belle Meade Chapel at St. Joseph of the Pines.

Mr. Brown was born in Fairfield, Pennsylvania on November 23, 1923, the son of the late John Edward Brown and Sadie Bream Brown.  John graduated from Fairfield High School in 1940 and Central Pennsylvania Business School in 1941.  He was employed by the Harrisburg Gas Co. before enlisting in the Army Air Corp in 1942.  He became a navigator and flew 57 combat missions from Italy in World War II with the 15th Air Force-484th Bomber Group.  His decorations include the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

His entire working career was in the apple processing industry where he spent 35 years with the C.H. Musselman Co. in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, the last twelve years as Director of Purchasing.  He concluded his career as Director of Purchasing for Bowman Apple Products of Mt. Jackson, Virginia until his retirement in 1990.  

He was a personable man who valued the friendships he made throughout his life.  He enjoyed traveling both in the United States and internationally, and attended family gatherings wherever they took place.  His hobbies included playing golf and bridge, and enjoying spectator sports.

His beloved wife, Joanna Meyer Brown, preceded him in death in 2011, as did his daughter, Patricia Heiges Brown in 2000.  He is survived by his two sons, John Jeffrey Brown and wife Karen of Columbia, S.C.  and Thomas Radford Brown and wife Catharine of Fayetteville, N.C., his sister Ruth Brown Hackman of Timonium, Maryland, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph of the Pines Employee Assistance Fund, 100 Gossman Drive, Suite B, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

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