Helen D. Brown, age 93, of Englewood, passed away on
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Grace Healthcare in Decatur.
A native and resident of Englewood most of her life, she was a daughter of
the late Horace Calvin and Minnie Era Womac Dodson; and was
preceded in death by her husband, Buster Eldred Brown on May 19, 1999
and a son-in-law, David W. Bull.
She was a member of Englewood First Baptist Church, where she had
served as the organist and librarian since 1945 and in 2003, she received
recognition from the National Federation of Music Clubs in honor of having
served over 50 years as a church organist. In 1994, she was chosen as
McMinn County Mother of the Year and was a winner of the 2002 Covenant
She was a founding member and project director of the Community Action
Group of Englewood, since 1986 and in 2001 gave a presentation on
Activities of CAGE at the National Humanities Convention in Indianapolis,
Indiana. She was a former teacher at Harrison Chilhowee Academy-1945-
1946; McMinn County School Librarian at Englewood School from 1947-
1986; project director of Englewood Textile Museum since 1994. She
worked on getting historical preservation grants that resulted in the
restoration of two buildings that house the museum, restoration of a turn-of-
the-century house which became an extension of the museum, and it was
placed on the National Register of Historic Places, with funding to help in
She received her B. S. degree in 1945 from Carson Newman College and
her M. S. degree in 1951 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She
was Co-editor of two Publications: in 1986 "The History of Englewood First
Baptist Church 1972-1986" ; and in 1993, Co-editor of "Then and Now, The
Women of Englewood's Textile Mills"; and in 2002 was Contributing Editor
of " Women of World War II", a companion piece for a Smithsonian
exhibition, "Produce for Victory".
Also, she was a member of American Association of State and Local
History,Tennessee Association of Museums, Charter Member Tennessee
Overhill Heritage Association, and Tennesseans for the Arts.
A retired member of the National Education Association, she served as
secretary of Tennessee Education Association- School Library Section in
1971, Vice-Chairman-Tennessee Librarian Association 1972, and Chairman TLA in 1973, McMinn County
Education Association, and served on the board of Fort Loudon Regional
Library, American Association of Retired People, East Tennessee
Postcard Club, Etowah Thursday Music Study Club, retired member of
McMinn County Senior Citizens and served on the Board and a member of
Retired Seniors Volunteer Program in McMinn and Meigs Counties.
Survivors, two daughters, Karla (Frank) Riddle of Chattanooga and Lisa
Brown of Englewood; one son, Gregory Brown of Olympia, Washington;
five grandchildren, Brian (Anneli) Riddle of Stockholm, Sweden, Jessica
Riddle and Vanessa Riddle both of Chattanooga, David Bull of
Englewood, and Joshua Brown of Knoxville; four great-grandaughters,
Jolene Riddle and Olivia Riddle, of Stockholm, Sweden, Ashley
McDonough and Lindsey McDonough, of Chattanooga.
Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Englewood First Baptist Church with the Eulogy by Geoff Holden, Rev. Russ Maples and Jessica Riddle.
Interment will follow in Cochran Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be
Kenny Dickson, Doyle Barnett, Gene Carter, Tommy Davis, David Bull, Mike Cochran.
The family will receive friends from 1:30-3:00 PM prior to the service at the church.
Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycockhobbs.com/notices/Helen-Brown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Action Group of
Englewood, 109 S. Niota St., Englewood, TN 37329.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.