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William Brown

William (Bill) Brown, 82, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Born in Greenville, Ala., Bill was preceded in death by his parents William Thompson Brown and Louise Raye Brown of Greenville, Ala., as well as by his niece, Rebecca Miller Faircloth (Cameron) of Knoxville, Tn.

A graduate of The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Art, Bill served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga. from 1959 to 1961.

He then went on to a career with NASA in Huntsville, Ala. as well as a tenure as a Contract Negotiator for NASA at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Bill later moved to Key West, Fl., where he founded The Lamp Post Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast, and enjoyed an extensive career in real estate as a broker.

Bill returned to Alabama and upon moving to Birmingham, became involved with The Songbirds, a choral group of men and women that perform at local senior centers and whose friendships he treasured.

Bill is survived by his sisters, Barbara Brown Miller (Clarence) of Greenville, Ala. and Elizabeth Brown Townsend (James), of Birmingham, Ala.

Bill also leaves behind his nieces and nephews, Nancy Miller Idland (Ronald), Wesley Thomas Miller (Ann), both of Greenville, Ala., Ashley Townsend Prewitt (Andrew) of Birmingham, Ala. and Hillary Townsend Ziegenhagen (Michael) of Brooklyn, Ny.

Bill was deeply loved and admired by all and will be missed greatly by his family and friends including a host of great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Home Instead Senior Care, Aspire Physical Recovery Center and Oasis Hospice for their love and friendship.

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Greenville Area Arts Council in Greenville, Ala., or your favorite charity.