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Fred Nathen Brown, 69, of Charlotte Hall died Dec. 16, 2012, at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 14, 1943, in Conowingo to the late Clayton Mitchell and Blanche Aileen (Curry) Brown.

He was an auto mechanic in the U.S. Army with both active and reserve duty from Nov. 1, 1961, through April 9, 1968. He was a local businessman, owner of Brown’s Furniture in Waldorf and Mechanicsville for many years. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, shuffleboard and entertaining family and friends at his home by throwing huge crab feast gatherings, pool parties and cookouts. After retirement, his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandsons. He loved to watch them swim in his pool and ride their bikes, motorcycles and go-karts. He looked forward to sleepovers with the boys, which included a night of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” popcorn and ice cream. His latest and newest adventure was going camping with his grandsons over this past summer. He was dedicated to his family and generous to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Elaine; son, Thomas; grandson, James “Dustin” Owens; sisters, Lois Grisby and Sally Holcomb; and brothers, Clayton Jr., Wiley and John Brown.

He was survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret I. Brown; children, Christine Brown Owens and her husband, Maurice; grandsons, Maurice Jr., Anthony, Blake and Bryce Owens; nieces, Karen Boecher and her husband, Richard; children, Mackenzie, Garrett and Gavin; niece, Sharon Thompson; sisters, Helen Garofalo, Janet Murphy and Mary Gurden; brother, Charles Brown; and many other friends, family, nieces and nephews.

Family received friends Dec. 20 with prayers at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall.

A Mass was held Dec. 21 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville with the Rev. David G. Wells officiating.

Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown.

Pallbearers were Maurice Owens Jr., William Honeycutt, Michelle Cardello, Edward Flaherty, Robert Oppermann Sr. and James Allen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Pulmonary Clinic, 6391 Children’s Hospital, 111 Michigan Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20010-2970.