Gardening 09


February 5, 1931 ~ February 8, 2021 (age 90)


Betty June Brown entered the gates of heaven and into her new heavenly home on Monday, February 8, 2021.  She was born February 5, 1931, to Mel and Minta Nicely Shoebotham at Harbensons Cross Roads in Knoxville, TN.  She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior on the eve of her eleventh birthday at Locust Grove Baptist Church in Grainger County, Washburn, TN.  She married the love of her life, Harold Dean Brown, on November 28, 1949.  They were married for nearly 43 years.  She spent most of her adult years in the Swan Pond community of Harriman, Tennessee, with her husband Harold and they raised their family together there. 

June, as she was known by her family and friends, worked for a short period of time at the Roane Hosiery Mill in Harriman, and she and her family owned and operated Sandwich World in the Tri-County Mall in Oliver Springs for nearly 20 years.  She loved singing hymns, telling others about Jesus, writing poetry, gardening, especially flowers, reading, and walking for exercise and to be outdoors. June had also written some poetry that had gotten published. The thing she loved most of all though, was enjoying spending time with her family and going to church.  June dearly loved her family and each one was precious to her.  Her greatest joy will be to meet each of them in heaven. 

June was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Whites Creek in Rhea County.  She was formerly a member of Bible Baptist Church in Harriman, TN for approximately 50 years.  While at Bible Baptist Church she taught Sunday School for several years and all the students loved her dearly.  She also played the piano on occasions.

June was preceded in death by her parents, Mel Shoebotham and Minta Nicely Shoebotham; her husband, Harold Dean Brown; granddaughter, Wava Nicole Tipton; and dear sister-in-law Wava Brown Shoebotham.

June is survived by her kind, loving and caring brother, Harry Mel Shoebotham; her children, Dean Brown and wife Lori; Karen Brown Tipton Jones; Rick Brown and wife Janet, and Ron Brown and wife Kathy.  Her grandchildren, Brooke Brown and wife Stacy; Marlana Brown Ward and husband Todd; Candace Brown Wilson; Kevin Tipton and wife Regina; Amanda Brown DeBoer and husband Chad; Jennifer Brown Pickwell and husband Jeremy; Kerri Brown Shingleton and husband Tyler; Adam Brown and wife Brittany; and Megan Brown Blevins and husband Bobby.  She is also survived by fifteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

There will be a graveside service at Union Grove Cemetery in Sunbright, TN, on Friday, February 12, at 1:00 pm, and will be officiated by Rev. Jeremy Pickwell. 


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February 12, 2021

1:00 PM
Union Grove Cemetery, Sunbright

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