Jeanette "Net" Klarpp Brown, 100, widow of R.T. "Bobby" Brown Jr., died on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at Covenant Place.

Mrs. Brown was born on Feb. 3, 1920, in Sumter. Net's parents, Edgar Faulk Klarpp and Bertha Grant Klarpp, came from North Carolina to Sumter because of her father's job with the railroad. Her father died of complications from appendicitis at Tuomey hospital. Her mother married James Lonnie Calk, who was a loving stepfather to Net and her brother, Edgar.

Net graduated with the Sumter High School Class of 1937, which included her husband-to-be, "Bobby" R.T. Brown Jr. They married in 1939 and had one child, a son, "Bob" R.T. Brown III, Edmunds High School Class of 1958. Net worked for 30 years at the Sumter County Health Department, where she created and then managed the vital statistics system of birth and death certificates for Sumter County. Net and Bobby moved to Tranquility Cove on Wyboo Creek in Clarendon County after they retired and enjoyed many years socializing, sailing and fishing.

She is survived by her son, Robert T. Brown III; her grandson, Robert Reed Brown; and her great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Amanda and Elyse Brown.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sumter Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Reginald Thackston officiating. All attendees are asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

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Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.