Barbara Jean Brown Croom

November 20, 1935 - June 5, 2012
Barbara Jean Brown Croom

Barbara Jean Brown Croom, 76, of Wilmington passed from her earthly life to her heavenly home on Tuesday June 5, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with her husband of 53 years by her side.

Jean was born November 20, 1935 in New Hanover County, the daughter of the late Wade Anders and Kathleen Brewer Brown, one of three children she was preceded in death by, brothers W.A. (Weenie) and Haywood Brown.

Surviving are her loving family; husband, Rodney; daughter, Kym Chesnutt and husband Rick, son, Keith Croom and wife Kelly, Grandchildren, Caleb and Collin Croom; Adam and Kyleigh Chesnutt, sister-in-law Eleanor, and nieces Teri and Cathy.

Jean graduated from New Hanover High School in 1955 and Wilmington College in 1957. She worked at the A.C.L. railroad until she and Rodney were married in The Citadel Chapel on June 6, 1959.

Jean loved her family, her church, and the many friends she and Rod met in their 53 years of marriage. Her smile and her joy of life will be missed, but never forgotten.

A memorial service celebrating Jean’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Friday June 8, 2012 at Masonboro Baptist Church, 1501 Beasley Road, with Dr Gordon Wright officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to a charity of your choice, or the Wounded Warrior Project (, WWP PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.

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  • June 23, 2012
    Robert Palmer says:
    I know she will be missed. Just look forward to the great reunion to come one day in heaven.

  • June 22, 2012
    Ginger Hanford says:
    I'm sorry for the loss you now feel, and I'm praying for a very real sense of His Peace for you at this time. He truly is the Father of all comfort.

  • June 08, 2012
    Ken & Keena Newland says:
    Rod, you have been a wonderful husband for your sweet wife. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • June 07, 2012
    Mary Ann & Glenn Giddings says:
    Dear Rodney, Keith, and Family--Mary Ann and I send our love and prayers for all of you at this difficult time. Jean and Rodney were a wonderful team who took life as it came and through their love and devotion and their faith, turned tragedy into triumph for themselves and all who knew them. You will continue in our thoughts and prayers and we join in the celebration of Jean's life and her eternal reward with our God and Savior. In His name, Mary Ann and glenn.

  • June 07, 2012
    Debbie McQuaig says:
    I can still see her sitting in her rocking chair in her house in Key West. What a sweet, sweet lady. I am so sorry for your loss, I know how much you all will miss her. I love you all. -Debbie