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Seaver-Brown Chapel
Monday October 19th, 2015
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Second Visitation

Seaver-Brown Chapel
Monday October 19th, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Seaver-Brown Chapel
Tuesday October 20th, 2015
6:00pm

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Malcolm Brown

MARION, Va.: MALCOLM M. "MAL" BROWN, III age 65, died Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. On June 17th of 1950, Malcolm and Irene Brown welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world, Malcolm Marvin Brown the Third. Mal may have been born the third, but throughout his life he was never satisfied with anything but first. Beginning with his days at Marion Senior High, playing football or his favorite sport, wrestling, Mal brought a passion and excitement to everything he did. He was focused, determined, and successful. Mal Brown was a bigger than life individual with a massive heart. As much as Mal valued his work, he loved living and making a difference, as evidenced by the diverse clubs and organizations he worked with; a Big Brother, Shriner, Boy Scout Leader, Marion Housing Authority board member, a Rotarian and a Sunday school teacher as he was a lifelong member of Marion's First United Methodist Church, Mal worked to make life better for others. In over forty years of managing his family business, he made Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory a leader locally, regionally, and nationally. Just this year, Seaver-Brown received The Pursuit of Excellence award from the National Funeral Directors Association. The Pursuit of Excellence is the premiere recognition program for funeral homes, setting standards of excellence that motivate staff, inspire innovation, and provide families with World Class Service. Mal was many things to many different people. He was a mentor, an industry leader, and an encourager, just to name a few. Mal Brown was the rock in his family. His proudest titles were husband, father, and grandfather. The latest love of his life, his granddaughter, was his newest experience and the one person who could make him feel great, even when he felt the worst. Mal and Zoe absolutely adored one another. Until the day he died, Mal Brown was The Funeral Director in Smyth County. No one loved people or life more than Mal. It was evident in every facet of his living. He was loved by family, friends, his community, and many in his industry. Mal Brown will be missed. He was preceded in death by his father, Malcolm M. Brown, Jr. Mal is survived by his wife, Sharon Rouse Brown; son, Malcolm M. Brown, IV; daughter-in-law, Dr. Jenna S. Moore; granddaughter, Zoe Aurelia Brown; mother, Irene Preston Brown; sister, Becky Brown Rankin; niece, "Uncle" Emily Rankin; sisters-in-law, Carol Sullins and husband, Ernie, Bobbie Jo Carty and husband, Mike, Norma Beidleman and husband, Dennis Key, and Peggy Hickman and husband, Fred; and several nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Connie Dancaster. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Reverend John Graham and Reverend David Woody officiating. Mal will be buried in a private ceremony to follow. The family will receive friends Monday, October 19, 2015 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Brown Family.

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I just found out out about Mal. I'm terribly grieved to hear such bad news about my long time friend. To the family, please accept my most sincere condolence. He was such a good person, he will be sorely missed by anyone whoever knew him.

Steve Henderson Oct 13 2016 12:00 AM

Malcolm and I were roommates and teammates at the Fork Union Military Academy (1968-69) in Fork Union, Virginia. Malcolm was an excellent football player with a big heart and a great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that the many happy memories will help you through this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss. Bart Barthol

Bart Nov 23 2015 12:00 AM

What to say about my Uncle Mal... There is so much. He was funny ... I loved the stories he told me about well ... anything using his own special flare. He was caring ... He went above and beyond when I needed him the most. He stood up for me, unwavering, when I was in a battle during one of the hardest times in my life. He was a wonderful Husband... He loved my Aunt Sharon with his whole heart. They were perfect together each complimenting the other. He was a wonderful Father... He loved his son so much. He would light up with just the mention of his name. He invested his time wholeheartedly to Malcom's life and everyone can see result of that investment... of that unconditional love. He was a wonderful Father-in-Law... Though I wasn't around to see I can tell by the tears in Jenna's eyes and grief in her heart. He was a wonderful Grandfather... He loved that little girl like no other! He was a wonderful Great Uncle... The times he spent with Mathias he will remember always. The simple gift of a Halloween bag meant so much to him. He still has it and when we unpacked it a few weeks ago he talked about that day he spent with his Uncle Mal. He lived his life well. He loved well. He was a huge presence in the lives of all who knew him and there will now be a huge hole in all of those lives. But... I am so thankful because of the salvation of Christ we will see each other again someday! I am so Thankful because God's Grace is sufficient He can fill that huge hole in our hearts. I am so Thankful Mal's family is Not alone because God loves them so much He will wrap them in His arms and give them the Comfort Only He can give. And, I am so Thankful and privileged to call Mal my Uncle and say that he made a huge impact in my life. With all the love in our hearts to you, Teena, Kevin, and Mathias

Teena Counts Oct 24 2015 12:00 AM

I am heartbroken over the devastating news of Mals passing. Mal and I met in mortuary school where we became roommates. On many occasions, I was the benefactor of his kindness and generosity. After college, Mal remained a lifelong friend. My deepest condolences to Sharon, Malcolm, and family.

Calvin Toler Oct 23 2015 12:00 AM

i am so truly sad to hear of mal's passing.. he was such a wonderful man. his support and help the last 10 years with all the losses of my family has been the only way i have gotten through it..im so sad he left so young with so much left to do. he had a way of making the worst time much easier.. bless him for all he did.. my thoughts and prayers to his family both at home and at seavers.... we will all miss you terribly...

terese purkey fleming Oct 22 2015 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers are extended to the Brown family including his wonderful sister Becky. I have known Mal since being a very young kid and was happy to re-establish our friendship during the passing of my brother Johnny and mother Anne over the past 4 years. Mal was the same from the early days until my last contact with him. My sister and I fully appreciated Mal for his friendship and his staff for their professionalism. We know he will be missed by many. Love and Best Regards

Scrapper Broady and Sister Patricia Oct 21 2015 12:00 AM

Words cannot express how sad and hurt I am feeling. Mal was a special person and a dear and good freind to our family. I always remember the times that my mom Peggy Myers would fix him and Kenny, beans and cornbread whenever they had a funeral in Ceres, or buried some of our family. He always spoke to you whenever you seen him out in town. Praying for his family and his work family. I cannot imagine the hurt and devastation they are all feeling. God bless you all and may he wrap his arms around you and comfort you in this time of need.

Angie Myers Ortiz Oct 21 2015 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your grief.Mal was a wonderful man and friend. He was such a blessing to us during the deaths of our daughter and granddaughter!We will never forget him and his kindness!May God bless and keep you all.Our love and prayers are with you all.

Henry Freeman Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM

To the Brown Family and everyone at Seaver-Brown, Mal has helped many grieving families through their toughest times with a compassion and gentleness that genuinely helped ease those difficult times. We will never forget what he has done for us. I hope that all of Marion will help you through this time with the same compassion to help repay all that Mal gave to us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Donnie Roland, Enid Roland and Family Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM

To Malcom's family and staff at Seaver-Brown, My wife and I are in Indianapolis to receive our Pursuit of Excellence award and just wanted to let you know that they had a moment of silence at the presentation in memory of Mr. Brown. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Respectfully, Larry Spiaggi and team at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service

Larry Spiaggi Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM

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