Robert Craig Brown
Columbia—Robert Craig Brown, a US Air Force veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam era, died on September 10, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. He was 96 years old. Robert Brown was born in Hickory Grove, SC. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and was a B-24 “Liberator” combat pilot stationed in Venosa Army Airfield, Italy, with the 485th Bomb Group during WWII. He was recalled to active duty service in 1950 during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas and later at the University of Texas in Austin as an ROTC instructor. From 1957 to 1960, Robert was stationed at Ashiya Air Base in Japan as a C-119 and C-130 pilot. During the last years of service to his country, Robert was a flight instructor at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases in San Antonio, Texas. He retired from the Air Force in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 25 years of service and returned to Columbia, SC. Robert held B.S. in Business Administration and Law degrees from the University of South Carolina, an MBA from Michigan State University and was a loyal USC Gamecock fan. He was a lifelong Methodist and, until his health decline, an active member of Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia. In 2006, he and his wife moved to the Wildewood Downs Retirement Community where he made many close friends with residents and staff. He continued to practice law until he was almost 90 years old.
He is preceded in death by his son Robert Craig Brown, Jr., his daughter-in-law Sara Jo Long Brown, and his brother Grover Watson “GW” Brown, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Alice Cook Brown, his daughter Robin Brown Shook (Lawrence) of Denver, NC, his son Robert Stuart Brown (Becky) of Atlanta, GA, his sister Margaret Brown Pridmore of Hickory Grove, SC, and his brother Joe Kirkpatrick Brown of Peachtree City, GA. Five granddaughters and three great-grand-children also survive him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Christ Chapel at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Washington Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Visitors may greet the family between 1:00 and 1:45 in the Wesley Fellowship Room.
Arrangements are by Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Washington Street United Methodist Church or Lighthouse Hospice Group, Irmo, S.C.