Melvin Ervin Brown, 89, widower of Betty Hall Brown, passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Ashley Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care in Charleston.

Born on May 14, 1932, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Eugene C. and the late Marie W. Brown. He attended and was a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Oswego. He retired from Dupont in Camden after 35 years of service. While working with Dupont, he additionally farmed the family land as well as raised chickens for Campbell Soup for 40 years. After retirement from farming, he enjoyed spending time at yard sales and flea markets as well as tinkering with small machinery.

Survivors include three children, Melvin Brown Jr. (Tammy) and John Brown of Sumter and Margaret Ann Baker (Tad) of Mount Pleasant; a sister, Anne B. Partin (Wayne) of Charleston; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Claudia Craft Lanouette; a granddaughter, Claudia Elaine Lanouette; a great-grandson, Stephen Pool; and two brothers, Eugene C. Brown Jr. and Charles M. Brown.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Oswego with the Rev. Tim Whited officiating.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and at the home of Mel and Tammy Brown.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and lifestyle brand, dedicated to ReEnabling paralyzed athletes to walk again. Donations can also be made to the J.L. Edens Bible Class at Bethel United Methodist Church.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Ashley Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care as well as Lutheran Hospice, both located in Charleston.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.