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John Franklin "Sonny" Brown

John Franklin Brown known to his family and his many friends as “Sonny” and to his granddaughters as “Poppy” passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021. He was born Sunday, September 13, 1942, in Reidsville, NC to John Thomas and Mary Frances (Ross) Brown.

Sonny proudly lived his entire life in Reidsville. He met his future wife, Sandra Harris, on a blind date set-up by their good friends Jimmy and Linda Setliff. The two were married on June 30, 1963. Sonny served in the Army National Guard and Reserve and was honorably discharged August 4, 1972. They had two beautiful children, Cindy and Chris, before they started Reidsville Heating and Air Conditioning in 1974. They continued to grow this successful business for the next 46 years. It continues today under Chris’s leadership.

Sonny was a master of many trades and enjoyed building, creating, and helping others. There are few people in Reidsville who have not been impacted by his work and caring service. He enjoyed traveling with Sandra. He loved spending time at Smith Mountain Lake with his beloved granddaughters, Lizzy Bug and Sarah K. Sonny never missed a Carolina Panthers game, whether in-person or watching at home. Over the last nine years, Sonny could frequently be found on his tractor, feeding his barn cats, or tending to his horse and donkey on his farm out in the country. There wasn’t anything he cherished more after a hard day’s work than sitting out on his back porch in the sun looking out over his land…sometimes falling asleep.

Sonny was preceded in death by: parents, John Thomas and Frances Ross Brown; and a sister, Patricia Minecci Schultz.

Sonny is survived by: wife of 58 years, Sandra Brown; daughter, Cindy (Tim) Sell; Son, Chris (Ashley) Brown; grandchildren Sarah Katherine and Elizabeth Austin Brown; brother, Ronnie (Debby) Brown and their daughter Jennifer; and special sister-in-law, Debby H. Brown; and many more loving family members and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Reidsville Christian Church with a brief visitation immediately following.

Donations can be made on Sonny Brown’s behalf to Hospice of Rockingham County.

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Bill & Susan Apple Mar 22 2022 12:46 AM

Sandra, I just got the news about Sonny. I have been away from Reidsville for many years and I miss a lot. I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear this. We worked a lot on the same jobs for years and he was always a good friend, who could be counted on for his help or advice. I will be praying that the Lord will comfort you and the family during this most difficult time. He will be missed!

Tommy and Cass Smothers Dec 21 2021 4:08 PM

Sandra, I am just learning of Sonny's death. I am sorry for your earthly loss. I am praying God's peace will transcend all and bring comfort to you and your children during this time. Reidsville has certainly lost a fine citizen. May you all find rest. Carol Yeatts

Carol Smith Yeatts Nov 29 2021 11:29 AM

Dearest Sandra, I just heard the news of Sonny's passing yesterday, my heart hurts for you and I am so sorry you lost him. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time in your life! I pray God will give you the strength comfort and peace in the coming days weeks and months ahead , I have been there and its not an easy thing to endure as its such a big void . My love to you always and to Cindy and your son and grandchildren. Its been many years since we have seen each other but will always remember the good times when we traveled with everyone to Europe, that trip will always be remembered in my heart and mind. If you feel the need to talk please do so at anytime you care to, Love you girl and take care of yourself . 336-854-3349, Cora Lee Hudson 11-25 -2021 Thanksgiving day

Cora Hudson Nov 25 2021 8:52 PM

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Elliott Trent Nov 25 2021 8:37 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Brown

Dorothy Jones Watts Nov 24 2021 5:41 PM

Very sorry to hear that Sonny has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and the rest of the family.

Gene Arthur Nov 22 2021 9:31 PM

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Jennifer Howerton Nov 20 2021 12:09 AM

I just heard about Sonny's death today. He always had a smile on his face and would throw up a hand as he would drive by. I remember him mowing the field beside me, and he would stop and look at my goats, and I could hear him talking to them. He was truly a kind and gentle man!

Kathy Andrews Nov 19 2021 2:45 PM

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Joey and Becky Martin Nov 19 2021 1:22 PM

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