Sgt. 1st Class (Ret) Donald Wydell Brown, 89, of Mooresville, N.C., passed on July 24, 2020, at his home. He was born July 28, 1930, in Mooresville to the late William Henry Brown and Lily Mae Poston Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Pethel Brown; son, William Brown; daughter, Charlotte Brown Davis; siblings, Frank Brown, Jim Brown, Bill Brown, Elsie Owens, Ollie Stewart and Catherine Brown.

He was a hero to many, always joking, and he loved to make people laugh. He was a very dependable friend. Donald loved his family most of all. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army with two tours in Vietnam.

He is survived by his children, Donald Brown Jr. (Chrystal), Lesia Combs, Ricky Brown (Chrisanna), and Stephen Brown; grandchildren, Jeremy Brown (Karla), Nicole Ward (Jason), Adrienne Clark, Perry Bumgardner II (Jennifer), Christopher Bumgardner (Amanda), Ricky Brown II and Tabitha Brown; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home with Arlene Hayes and Adrienne Clark officiating. Burial will follow the service in Glenwood Memorial Park.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Brown family. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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