Dr. G. Ronald Brown

Dr. G. Ronald Brown

Age 88, Berryville, Va.

Dr. G. Ronald Brown, 88, of Berryville, Virginia died Monday, March 18, 2024, at his home.

     Ron was born on November 13, 1935, to Roy Lee Brown and Valley Virginia Miller.

     Ron was raised by his uncle and aunt, Glenn Brown and Gladys Brown in Broadway, Virginia. He played basketball and was in the band at Broadway High School. He graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and became the director of the award-winning Luray High School band. During that time, he also worked as a seasonal ranger in the Shenandoah National Park. 

     He earned a master’s degree from James Madison University and started a long career as an elementary school principal. He earned a Doctorate in Education from Virginia Tech, eventually retired from Virginia public schools, only to begin a new career as a school principal in West Virginia, until retiring as Director of Special Education of Berkeley County Public Schools.

     Ron loved music, especially big bands with Count Basie being his favorite. He had perfect pitch, could transpose music on the spot and played trombone and stand-up bass in dance bands.

     Ron had a well-equipped woodworking shop where he made a variety of home trimmings, art, scroll-work, furniture, and even musical instruments. 

     He was active in several churches, clubs, and community organizations over the years. 

He enjoyed spending time and sharing laughs with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who only know him as “Pops”. Anyone who has sampled his scrambled eggs claim they are the best ever. 

     Ron is survived by his wife of 68 years, Henrietta Mae Gibson Brown, and their children, Glenn (Rebecca), Rhonda, and Steven (Heidi), and grandchildren Matthew (Katie), Erin, Shannon (Marshall), Morgan (James), Allan, Joshua (Alaina), and Seth (Kerri), and great grandchildren, Lia, Carson, Braydon, Evan, Payton, Kaydan, Parker, Brooks, Owen, Reid, and Tatum.

    He was preceded in death by a brother Roy L. Brown, and sisters Patricia L. Maxwell and Betty Jane MacAvaney.

    The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m. and a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2024, at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with Pastor Susan Gum Catlett officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester.

     Memorial contributions may be made to Brucetown United Methodist Church, 2161 Brucetown Rd., Clear Brook, VA  22624 or to Handley Regional Library, P O Box 58, Winchester, VA  22604 (Ron and Henrietta were always avid readers and thought it was important for children).  Handley Regional Library


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