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10/9/2019 4:44:00 AM
Rodney Dale Brown
September 12, 1954 - October 4, 2019

HICKORY, N.C. - Rodney Dale Brown, 65, of Hickory passed away peacefully on October 4, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson, N,C, surrounded by his loving family.

Rodney was born September 12, 1954 to Magadlene Brown and the late Garland Louis Brown. A sister, Shelia Miller, preceded him in death.

In October 2018, he discovered he had terminal brain cancer. He never gave up hope after surgery, radiation, and chemo treatments.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years Frances Parlier; his mother, Magadlene Brown of Granite Falls; a sister Yvonne Brown Looper of Lenoir; three sons Shane Brown and wife Betsy of Drexel, Judson Kale and wife Rene of Leesport, Pa., Charles Kale and wife Pamela of Hickory; and seven grandchildren, Noah, Alyssa, and Colby Brown of Drexel, Emily, James, and Rylee of Leesport, Pa., and Styler Lee of Hickory; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He worked as a meat cutter for Lowes Food, Fresh Air Galaxy, and was market manager for Food Lion in Hickory.

In 1987 he became a sales rep for Atlas Marketing calling on independent grocery stores from Georgia to West Virginia. He also worked for Acosta and Advantage services as a retail rep in grocery stores.

In 2001 when the retail company closed its doors, he became self-employed as owner and operator of The Lawn Ranger Lawn maintenance. His only employee was Sadie, his border collie. Her title was companion and security for watching over him and his equipment.

Other activities included being an assistant football coach at the Hickory Foundation Center for several years. He was a former member of the Lions Club in Hickory. He was a member of First Methodist Church in Hickory. His favorite activities were being with the family at the lake, boating and skiing, watching them play sports during the summer, and beach trips to Pawleys Island, S.C. every year.

Special thanks to all the caring people of Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Carolina Rehab, and Caldwell Hospice in Hudson.

A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday October 13, 2019 at First Methodist Church in Hickory. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice of Hudson, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC or a charity of your choice.

Please sign the online guestbook at

Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Brown family.

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