Robert Brown
Robert Brown

Obituary of Robert Livingston Brown

Robert “Bo” Livingston Brown

Born June 14, 1939 to Henry LaFayette Brown and Madge Blaylock Brown. Youngest of 7 boys and 2 girls, Bo lived most of his life in Northwest Georgia, served in the Marines 81 mortars during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Camp Lejeune during the Viet Nam War. Mr. Brown attended Brights School, Missionary Ridge grammar school, Brainerd Jr. High and graduated from Westminster High School in Atlanta. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. Having worked in several capacities during school, he began his career with United Airlines in San Francisco where he met his wife, Mary Minor Hawes. He leaves behind a daughter, Dr. Minor Mariah Spengler, her husband Dr. John Otto Spengler, a granddaughter Caroline Spengler and grandson Matthew Spengler of College Station Texas. He also leaves behind a son, Robert Livingston Brown, his wife Sarah Goodman Brown and two grandsons Wyatt Livingston Brown and Bo Walter Brown of Greenville South Carolina.

He was very proud of all his brothers and sisters. Surviving Bo is W. Burton Brown and sisters-in-law Betty Brown and Joan Brown. Preceding him in death was Virginia Lynn Minter and her husband Dr. Winfred P. Minter, T. Walter Brown and his wife Ella Frances, Dr. James H. Brown and his wife Carol Olson, Sister Martha Lynn Fields and her husband Jack, brother Ralph Brown, brother M. Jefferson Brown, brother Joe Brown and nephews Bruce and Joey Brown.

The many nieces and nephews include Hope Minter, Sarah Ashcraft, Winfred Minter, Charles Brown, Ella Frances Bonner, Diane Johnson, Dr. Thomas Brown, Dr. James Brown, Elizabeth Moore, Louise Lockner, Sussie Hanes, Jeff Brown, Ben Brown and Maria Key.

Mr. Brown joined the Marines in 1961 and was an outstanding recruit, winning the Leatherneck Magazine Dress Blue and Highest Rifle Marksmanship Award. He was also an honor graduate at the Navy Radio School in Norfolk Virginia. Bo served as president of several businesses including Brown Fence Company and Galvanizing, Kensington Carpet, Trigraphics, The Hawes Company, Firestone, True value and his personal businesses Custom Graphics and MR Carpet.

Bo was devoted to his wife Mary Minor for over 54 years and traveled extensively around the world. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and camping with his children, grandchildren and friends. He and his wife RV’d in every continental state and province of Canada. He was a true southern gentleman.

Viewing is scheduled for 4:00 PM on Friday August 6th at Heritage Funeral Home: 3239 Battlefield Pkwy, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

Graveside Service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday August 7th at Forest Hills Cemetery: 4016 Tennessee Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:

§ St. Albans Episcopal Church: 109 Brookside Dr., Elberton, GA 30635

§ Church of The Good Shepard: 211 Franklin Rd, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

§ Julie Sanderson c/o Patriot Service Dogs: 10545 SE 42nd Court, Belleview, FL 34420 (or online at:

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4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, August 6, 2021
Heritage Funeral Home
3239 Battlefield Pkwy
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, United States

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Forest Hills Cemetery
4016 Tennessee Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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