Douglas Ray Brownie, Sr.

September 16, 1957 - October 15, 2011
Douglas Ray Brownie, Sr.


Douglas “RAY” Brownie, age 54, of Leland, NC went to be with his LORD & SAVIOUR on Saturday, October 15, 2011 after a long battle fighting cancer.

Born on September 16, 1957 in Wilmington, NC. His parents in which proceeded him in death was, father Charles Eugene Brownie & mother Martha Knott Brownie Hardison. Also proceeded in death, sister Barbara “Bobbie” Brownie Reynolds.

Surviving him of the home; wife“BJ” Brownie for 29 years, son Douglas “RAY” Brownie Jr. & wife Irma of Leland, NC; stepdaughter Maria Beasley & husband Randy of Benson, NC. Siblings are sisters Betty Ann Brownie of Wilmington, NC, Debie Brownie Shelley of Leland, NC, Carol Williams & husband Lee of Roanoke Rapids, NC & Jacquie Hardison Shackelford & husband Shack. Brothers are Charles Eugene Brownie Jr. & wife Grace of Hawaii & Tony Beale of Wilmington, and uncle Pete Brownie & wife Betty of Winnabow, NC, aunts Betty Knott Gay & husband Bobby of Leland and Nell Knott & Tom of Saucier, Ms. two granddaughters and four grandsons. Several extended family (cousins, nieces,
nephews, adopted family and close friends).

A native of Wilmington, Ray went straight from high school & enlisted in the United States Navy on a four year term. After marrying his soul mate they eventually moved to Coats, NC. There he engaged in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue. With a heart of gold in doing for others and yet a strong willed man, he stood his ground in all that he believed in. His love, devotion, & dedication he expressed as a loving & caring provider, in the many titles he carried. Especially the titles of husband & father. A survivor and determined to beat the disease in which took his life. His favorite quote was, “Go to the Light”. A figure of speech in which he would tell loved ones that has gone on before him. Riding his motorcycle, using his hands as tools to create projects such as on cars & the most famous “honey do” list. His passion was fishing, in which he stated it was then that he felt closest to God. His calling in life lead him to working at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation of Wilmington where a celebration of his life will be held there on Tuesday October 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Evangelist Kimberly Michael.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Brunswick County Hospice (Dan, Kim, & CeCe) & Doug Bevell in being a very good & supporting friend and his staff for providing quality care.

The family will accept friends & family at the home and after the services.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Brunswick County Hospice in Memory of Ray.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • October 17, 2011
    Debie Brownie Shelley says:
    I love you Big Brother!! RIP forever and always!! We will miss you dearly!!

  • October 17, 2011
    Allison White Bullock says:
    Aunt Bobbie, you and yours are loved and in my thoughts and prayers as always! Have peace knowing that Ray is in AMAZING company with Paul III and Granddaddy!!

  • October 17, 2011
    Cristen Horner says:
    We are never taught how to deal with the pain of losing a loved one. My best advice to you is to feel the pain. Embrace every emotion and eventually you will learn to incorporate it your everyday life. Most importantly, take time for yourself! I promise you that brighter days will come. I will miss Ray. He was a great man and he always made me laugh. One of the last visits I got from him he hugged me bye and said "one day you'll remember that hug"--- and I will never forget it! :) I send my love to all of you and if you ever need anything, I am always here!

  • October 17, 2011
    Kimberly Knott Michael says:
    As children, we didn't think of anything but playing, singing, running, wrestling & tumbling around. Children don't think of the future, they live in the moment. In what we all should do. I never thought as a child that I'd have to say, "see you later"(not BYE) to a cousin in which there was a close bond. He'll be missed and loved always. I love you BJ, RAY & family. For I'm always a phone call away. I feel we'll be spending alot of time together.

  • October 17, 2011
    Toni Simmons McLean says:
    The family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Toni "Simmons" McLean