Claire Brown Obituary (1930-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Brown, Claire Giddeons

July 8, 1930 – November 18, 2021

Claire Giddeons Brown died peacefully at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday, November 18, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 8, 1930 at home in Rocky Mount to Mary June Hudler Giddeons and Godfrey Giddeons. After graduating from Rocky Mount Senior High School, she entered East Carolina Teacher’s College.

Claire met Harry Elmore Brown, the love of her life, on a blind double date in Burgaw. While she was with another young man, she knew before the night ended that Harry was “the one” for her. They were married on June 24, 1951 at First Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. Their story was a beautiful story of love and faith and the most solid foundation on which they could raise their three children. Claire and Harry were happily married for 47 years and traveled nationally and internationally with Harry’s works before returning to North Carolina in 1963.

Claire was happiest to be a wife and mother, and was quick to declare that she took great pride in being a housewife. She was never idle and took great pleasure in gardening, cooking and entertaining for family and friends, sewing window decorations, upholstering furniture and making wonderful clothes. For twelve years she happily followed Harry to the next construction site, packing and unpacking happily and always managed to create a happy, caring “home” no matter where her family ended up. Home was really where the hearts of the Brown family were – whether in tropical Trinidad in the British West Indies, Australia, or a dusty triplex in Amarillo, Texas. It was the happiest of all houses, always filled with music and songs – whether from the hi-fi system, the radio or the happy voices of Harry and Claire.

Claire loved the Lord and was an example of His grace and compassion all her life. She was always involved in Bible study, church activities, and commitments, and encouraged them to do so with her children as well. Her love for Christ and her belief in the power of the Holy Spirit were her compass, and she testified of her faith every day of her life.

Claire died in 1998 of her beloved husband Harry Elmore Brown, in 1962 of her father Godfrey Giddeons, and in 2002 of her mother Mary June Hudler Giddeons.

Surviving family members include their three children, daughter Sharon Brown Norman and husband Charles Hamilton Norman III, son Michael Louis Brown and wife Jenna Pakhchanian Brown, daughter Elizabeth Brown Privette, and husband James Atlas Privette, Jr .; Grandson Misty Brown Bassignana and husband Ray Bassignana, Joseph Brown, Matthew Taylor Norman and wife Chandler Woodall Norman, Emily Ashford Norman Richards and husband Brian Charles Richards, Taylor Matheson Privette and Cameron Ashford Privette; Great-grandchildren Claire Ashford Richards, Merrill Elizabeth Richards, Sanders Reid Norman, Lilly Marshall Norman, Nicolas Palmer and Fiona Bassignana.

Other surviving family members include Claire’s younger sister June Elizabeth Giddeons Braswell, niece Susan Braswell Pierce (Dallas), nephew Charles Linwood Braswell Jr. (Tammy), niece Mary Ellen Braswell (David Livesay), nephew John Umstead (Nadine), nieces Ouida Farmer Tisdale and Martha Farmer King.

A resurrection testimony service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro on Monday, November 29 at 11 a.m. The family will receive visitors immediately after the service. Masks are compulsory.

Claire’s family would like to express their deep appreciation to the many dedicated staff and nurses who cared for them at Moses Cone Hospital during their months of illness, with special thanks to 4 East for their generous, thoughtful care. In particular, they thank Dr. Heartfelt Pahwani for his exceptional professional care, compassion and respect in Claire’s past few weeks. The family would also like to thank Sister Tori and CNA William for their excellent and dedicated care.

Instead of flowers, the family asked for memorial gifts to be presented to the Hot Dish & Hope at First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.

Published by Greensboro News & Record on November 26, 2021.

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