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Brown, Artis


His hands were large and tanned
I remember his smile when he greeted me
His respect for the simple life was uplifting
To farm the land was his true love
Although he is gone, somehow
I carry him with me always.
I am proud that I can lend my hand, As I know he often lent his
to help restore this part of him
His history: My heritage:
The very place where he once played, worked and learned to love.
I'll bring my children here and they will be able to see a place from his heart that molded him'
into what he meant to me.
Kathy P. Gallant

Artis Ervin Brown
Born November 1, 1911 Died January 14, 1987

Born in Johnston County, Artis Brown was the youngest of seven children born to Andrew and Melissa Brown. He was the grandson of Iredell and Louisa Brown. He was raised on a tobacco farm adjoining the Iredell Brown Farmstead. He attended Brown's School, Selma School and graduated from Micro High School.

In November of 1930, he married Zeta Brantham, from Wayne County. They raised three daughters; Elsie Lavee, Jean Faye, and Jacqualine Carolyn Brown, on a farm in the Iredell Brown community.

He continued to farm and raise livestock until 1968. After his retirement from farming, he held jobs with the Smithfield Herald Newspaper and the U. S. Department of Agriculture as a grader, until his retirement on January 2, 1897.

He and his wife were members of Micro Free Will Baptist Church. Friends and family remember his commitment of family and his love for basketball and tobacco.

Memorial contribution by Marshall and Jean Brown Pope and Richard and Kathy Gallant.

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