Wendell Brown, 88, of Dayton, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Life Care Center of Rhea County.
Wendell was a past president of the Dayton Rotary Club, 25-year member of the Dayton City Council, a former mayor and vice mayor of Dayton and a 25-year member and past chair of the Dayton City School Board.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four air medals.
Wendell was a member of Dayton’s First United Methodist Church and former chair of the official board.
He was a member of Dayton Lodge No. 512 F&AM and a 32nd–degree mason. He was a member of the VFW and American legion Post No. 100. He was past chair of the American Red Cross, a past Cub Scout leader and a past foreman of the Rhea County Grand Jury. He also served as past secretary of the Rhea County Election Commission.
He was the owner of Johnson Hardware and past president of the Mid-South Retail Hardware Association.
Wendell was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Camolyra Swafford Brown; sister, Helen Brown; grandson, Cole Green; great-grandson, Tucker Brown; and first wife, Barbara Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Green Brown; children, Robert (Bobbye) Brown of Frankfort, Ky., Mark (Sheila) Brown of Parker, Colo., Mike Green of Dayton, Sissy (Chuck) Owens of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and Kent Green of Dayton; brother, Frank (Marilyn) Brown of Knoxville; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 9, at First United Methodist Church in Dayton with Rev. Kenneth Pierce officiating. Burial was at Buttram Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 12, Dayton, TN 37321.
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Arrangements made by Coulter Garrison Funeral Home Inc. of Dayton.