Avery Crissman Brock

July 19, 1924 - February 24, 2013
Avery Crissman Brock

Avery Crissman Brock, born July 19,1924, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 24, 2013.

He was one of seven children of the late Homer and Ella Brock.
Avery grew up in Mt. Olive, NC and graduated fourth in his high school class and worked in his family’s business, The Mt. Olive Tribune.

Avery was drafted in June of 1944 and reported to the Naval Great Lakes Training Base in Chicago. He became a combat air crewman after training at Norman, OK, in addition he was in radar operations and was the honor graduate from Aerial Gunnery and Flight Engineering Schools at Banana River Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral, FL.

Avery serviced in the 12th Naval District Shore Patrol Personal Office until his honorable discharge from the Navy.

After his Naval service, Avery went to North Carolina State College during the institutions 61st commencement, he was awarded a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree

As a student at State, he was a member of PHI Kappa PHI, Golden Change, Blue Key, Order of 30 and 3, TAU Beta PHI, Theta TAU, Sigma PI Alpha, Society for Advancement of Management, Society of Industrial Engineers, YMCA, Baptist Student Union, Engineers Council, Public Lecturers Committee, Student Activities Fee Committee; Ex-officio member of Campus Government, Charter member of the Greater University Student Council, and Knight of St. Patrick. He was elected President of his Senior Class and Vice President of his Sophomore Class, and he was elected editor of The Technician, school newspaper and The Handbook.

Avery worked 37 years with Burlington Industries serving Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. After retirement he received a North Carolina real estate license.

In Reidsville, Avery served in varies capacities. He was on the board for Habitat, President of the Hospital Board, Wachovia Bank Board, Chairman of the Salvation Army Board, Lions Club, Chaplain for the Fire Department for 25 years, Citizens Advisory Committee and a Charter Member of the Citizens Economic Development, Inc. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army Red Shield Boy’s Club, Greensboro, NC, and graduated from the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan, Management of Managers.

He sang in the church choir, was a Sunday School Teacher and a Deacon for First Baptist Church in Reidsville, NC. He also attended Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC and sang in the Voices of Experience. He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved so by many and was a fine Christian family man. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Wilson Brock; daughter, Deborah B. Mason and husband Billy H. of Wilmington; son, Donald R. Brock and wife Amber of Kernersville, NC; six grandchildren, Allen Mason, Eric Mason, Landon Brock, Keenan Brock and wife Payton, Chapell Brock, and Carlyn Brock; two great grandchildren, Kenzie and Sophie Brock.

A memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Reidsville, NC.

Memorials may be made to the Fellowship Fund at First Baptist Church, 409 S. Main St., Reidsville, NC 27320.

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  • February 28, 2013
    Carol and Johnnie Smith says:
    Dear Debbie and family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time in your life. May God cover you with that peace that passes all understanding. May you, your mother and each of your family members feel the comfort of Gods presence and the warmth of his love during this time.

  • February 28, 2013
    Ana says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3,4...states "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death.

  • February 28, 2013
    Cindy Hallman says:
    Uncle Avery was my favorite uncle. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a tease ready just for "you". His deep faith was an example to me of Whose he was. I still have a thick stack of jokes that he would send to my father and my husband on a regular basis. My condolences to Jean, Don and Debbie and their families.

  • March 02, 2013
    Ken McAdams says:
    Uncle Avery, thank you for making me smile or laugh so many times. Thank you for saying so many wise things. I am glad you were able to share my wedding day. Enjoy the Peace.

  • March 01, 2013
    Jay Brande says:
    Know that I am thinking of you all Debbie. Please let your Mother and Don know that I am sending this note of sympathy.Your Dad was mighty proud of You and Don!