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Phillip "Phil" Ray Brown
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
    29 Leinbach Drive
    Charleston, SC 29407
  • or a Charity of one's choice, in memory of his sister Doris Ann Brown and honoring Phil's life.

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“We will miss you "Cuz". You had an infectious laugh and made us all smile. Now you will make all those smile and laugh who went before us. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Johnny Cox - Silver Spring, MD

“Phil was a fantastic customer and friend and a great roofing contractor. You will be dearly missed. Thank you for taking care of the ABC Supply...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: ABC Supply Co. - North Charleston

“One thing in this life I am sure of, I will never have a BETTER friend. Phil was supportive and caring and always the protector of those he cared...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Jan Mims-Miller - Charleston, SC

“'Little' brother Phil, I'll miss your great bear hugs, laugh and smiling face. Give my love to your Dad, Porky and Doris Ann and others. We'll meet...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Kathe Brown - Wilmington, NC

5 of 11 | Posted by: MARLENE AND BILLY ESTRIDGE - SC

“Phil was a generous guy. I'll never forget when he trusted me with his ladder 20 years ago. It was too heavy for me to handle and I dropped it and...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Robert Bruner - Charleston, SC

“RIP To all Family members who know that Phil's Personality and Presence will always be remembered Definitely a Terrace Tiger and a J.I.Ram We will...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: larry rutherford - florence, SC

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, We wish you comfort at Godspeed... Rest in Peace Phil, ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Timmy Drose

“Trudy I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy you had some wonderful times with Phil. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Diana Putney - Soquel, CA

Fly with the Angels “Phil was such a loving and caring person and I will share the memories we have at school reunions and at family gatherings. My love and prayers go...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Wendy Dyer - Charleston, SC

“Phil will always have a special place in my heart. He was the life of the party. He flirted with every female, from 1 to 100 and made them feel...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Dianna Wingate - James Island, SC

Phillip "Phil" Ray Brown On Thursday morning, April 20, 2017, before the sun came up over the sea he loved so much, Phillip "Phil" Ray Brown, 63, of Johns Island, South Carolina, husband of Trudy Locatelli, passed away surrounded by his loved ones. His quiet and uncomplaining demeanor throughout his eight-month battle with brain cancer was meritorious.The family will receive friends Sunday, April 23, 2017 in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. His Funeral Service will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 in Stuhr's West Ashley Chapel at 12:00 p.m.

Phil was born July 12, 1953 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, son of Mildred Crosby Brown and the late Cecil Brown. He was educated at James Island schools and was an Owner-Operator of Phil Brown Roofing. Through his career choice, it is safe to say that his view of the world as seen from the rooftops of the lowcountry was unlike anyone else's. You never knew when looking up around downtown Charleston that you may see Phil Brown. Except for a brief moment, Phil lived his entire life on James and Johns Islands. His special passion for Riverland Terrace is shared by many generations who have been fortunate to have been raised there. To them, the Fire Station is a place of worship. Watching the water rapidly flow through Elliott's Cut by sunrise, sunset or moon light created the calm no one could ever take away.

Phil's love for fishing, especially with great friends and family, was a favorite past time, especially if there were jokes involved. His baritone voice was a recognizable trait. He was always equipped with a glad hand, a smile and hug. When a woman heard Come Here Girl, you knew there was a great hug getting ready to take place. His quiet way of helping his friends and never asking anything in return was admired. He lived by The Golden Rule.Phil was featured in the 2015 documentary The Mighty Rams, a documentary about the events associated with racial integration at James Island High School and in the South. Few could share on film what he did about such a poignant time in our history.

He is survived by his wife, Trudy Locatelli of Johns Island, SC; mother, Mildred Brown of James Island, SC; daughter, Katheryne "Nikki" Nicole Brown of Greenville, SC; sister, Cathy Schlumbrecht of Santa Cruz, CA; two brothers, Cecil Pee Wee Brown, jr. of Charleston, SC, Johnny Brown (Mott) of Branchville, SC; many nieces and nephews; father-in-law, Frank R. Locatelli, and three brother-in-law's, Rick Locatelli (Lynette), Mike Locatelli (Jeanne), Frank Locatelli (Teresa) all of California. Additional loved one's include the Wiedemann and Crosby families. He was predeceased by a brother, Henry Porky Brown, and sister, Doris Ann Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 29 Leinbach Drive, Charleston, SC 29407 or a Charity of one's choice, in memory of his sister Doris Ann Brown and honoring Phil's life.