Tony Brown, age 67, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2021, due to pancreatic cancer. He was born January 5, 1954, to Aubert and Joyce Brown. He married his love, Wanda Stewart, on April 9, 1977. Tony is survived by his wife, Wanda; daughter, Heather Brown Wilkins; son, Justin Tony Brown; and grandson, Logan James Wilkins.\n\nTony was preceded in death by his infant son, Joseph Brown; parents, Aubert and Joyce Butts Brown; paternal grandparents, James and Sarah Davis Brown; and his maternal grandparents, Roy and Thelma Partin Butts. His life was a living example of his favorite Bible passage, John 14:1:7 excerpt: "Let not your heart be troubled; ye who believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you . . ."\n\nTony's faith in the Lord gave him strength through his battle with cancer. He looked to his God for strength always. Tony was a dedicated husband and father first and foremost. He treasured his children and grandson, embracing every ballgame, extracurricular activity, or special occasion with them. He especially loved his role as Papa. Logan brought so much sunshine to Tony's life and he to Logan's life. He had a vivacious personality and always made people around him laugh and feel happy. He made friends everywhere he went and so many people loved him at church and in the community.\n\nTony was born and raised in Lillington. He attended Lillington High School, Montreat College, and Campbell University. He worked thirty years with the North Carolina Department of Corrections as a correctional officer, Intensive Probation Office; Basic Training instructor and Officer of Staff Development & Training. He was a firearms and baton Instructor. Tony then worked seventeen years for Central Carolina Community College in the "Alive at 25" Defensive Driving Program. In 2014, Tony and Wanda began "Countryside Monuments" and continued through 2020.\n\nTony was an active member of Flat Branch Church where he served as a deacon, an elder, and choir member. He loved his church family and through his illness the love he had given to them was reflected in the love they returned to him. He was loving and compassionate to others in need and was quick to offer a helping hand.\n\nIn addition to serving his church, Tony gave back to his community through his service as a Lillington Jaycee, 32-degree Mason, Shriner, and member of the Board of Directors of S.A.F. E. He loved history and served on the Board of the Lillington Museum of the Cape Fear. In 2012 Tony was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.\n\nTony had the gift of being able to connect with all people. He always had a smile, handshake, or kind word for others and was affectionately known as "Downtown Tony Brown." He shared his love of music--gospel, bluegrass, rock 'n roll, and beach music--with his family and friends. Some of his favorite artists were the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Waylon Jennings. Anyone who knew Tony knew of his love for NC State Wolfpack sports . . . once a Wolfpacker, always a Wolfpacker. \n\nFuneral services will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 2:00 PM at Flat Branch Presbyterian Church with Dr. Stuart Bond officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 6 to 8:00 PM at Flat Branch Presbyterian Church.\n\nTony's family offers sincere gratitude for all the many acts of kindness and love given throughout his illness.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution, in honor of Tony, to Flat Branch Presbyterian Church.\n\nServices entrusted to Adcock Funeral Home & Crematory.