Gregory W. Brown
Gregory W. Brown, USN, (Ret) moved on to eternal life surrounded by family at his home in Petal, MS on March 9, 2017 after a strong and valiant battle with cancer. Mr. Brown formerly resided in Pensacola, FL where he retired after 20 years of service in the United States Navy.
His father, George W. Brown and a nephew, Timothy G. (TJ) Brown Jr., precede him in death.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Lisa (Brady) Brown, his mother Priscilla Cantara Brown, of Pensacola, FL, his sons in Patrick (Emily) Brown, USN of St Louis, MO, and Christopher (Candice White) Brown of Plano, TX, two precious grandchildren, Lochlyn (Christopher and Candice), Graham (Patrick and Emily) and two brothers, Jerry (Lisa) Brown who resides in Naples, Italy, Timothy Brown of Pensacola, FL, two sisters, Nancy (Scott) Sullivan of Sun City, FL, and Debra Brown (Nancy St Louis) of Pensacola, FL, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Brown was born in Nashua, NH on August 29, 1955. He attended Wilton-Lyndeborough Co-op Jr. & Sr. High School, Class of 1973. He then enlisted in the Navy in July 1973 where he found his niche as a Catapult & Arresting Gear Crewman/Mechanic. He quickly rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. During his 20 years of active duty service, he earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist wings and received several individual and unit awards including: the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Expeditionary Military Medal and the National Defense Medal. His sea travels took him completely around the world; his belief was that a Sailor belongs at sea. His sea tours included assignments aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60) 1974-1977 & 1979-1980, USS Lexington (AVT-16) 1980-1983 and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 1986-1990 before retiring in Pensacola in 1993.
After retiring from the Navy he was certified as a Mechanical Draftsman, where he was employed with NASSEF Engineering & Equipment, Co for the next 18 years.
There was a Celebration of Life ceremony on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Greens Creel Baptist Church.
He will be inurned with full military honors on March 24th at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:30 AM. Please join us if you can for the final transfer of the watch.