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Derry Lee Brown

January 21, 1960 — October 11, 2023

Hamptonville - Derry Lee Brown, 63, met his Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 11, 2023 surrounded by his beloved family.  He was born January 21, 1960 in Yadkin County to the late Roby Brown and Joann Mathis Brown. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Hamptonville, NC where he served as a Sunday School teacher. Mr. Brown retired from Yadkin County Schools in 2014 where he was a respected History/PE teacher, coach, and mentor at East Bend Elementary and Starmount Middle School. Mr. Brown loved teaching and coaching, and cherished the friendships he made with his students and athletes.  Derry loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.  He enjoyed archery and spent many afternoons shooting the bow. Other hobbies he enjoyed included golfing with family and friends and cheering on his beloved Boston Red Sox. In his younger years he played on many softball teams and was arguably known as one of the best hitters around. Out of all these, his most beloved pastime was being a Pa to his grandchildren and spending time with his family. He always looked forward to the weekly trips to Speedy Chef and beach trips with the family each summer. Derry never met a stranger and always had an entertaining story to tell. He was a friend to all.

Those left to cherish his memory include: his son, Rhett Brown; his daughter, Hannah (Loren) Neal; grandchildren Ryder and Lylah Jane Neal; his soul mate, Donna Walker; his sister, Julie (Robert) Moxley of Boonville, NC; nephew and niece, Trevor and Abby Moxley.

His funeral service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, October 15, 2023 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hamptonville by the Rev. Joel Riley and the Rev. Keith Stanley.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville.  The family would like to thank Sandy Brown and Dr. Gunnar Key for all the love and care shown to Derry during his illness.  Memorials can be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 243 N. Lee Ave, Yadkinville, NC  27055 or to Mountain View Baptist Church, 1232 Mountain View Church Road, Hamptonville, NC  27020.  Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Brown family.  Online condolences can be made at  


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Saturday, October 14, 2023

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Gentry Family Funeral Service

, Yadkinville, NC 27055

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