Ronnie Lane Brown, Sr.

March 24, 1942 - March 8, 2022
Ronnie Lane Brown, Sr.

Ronnie Lane Brown, Sr. 79, of Winnabow died Tuesday morning at his home with his family at his side.

Ronnie was born in Chinquapin, NC on March 24, 1942 the son of the late John Edward and Lucy Jane Horne Brown. After graduating high school he enlisted in the United States Airforce and then the United States Coast Guard. He would go on and spent 30 years with the Wilmington Police Department where he obtained the rank of Sergeant, and was well respected by the entire department that he so loved. He was a member of God’s House of Prayer; and Preceding him in death are brothers Jarvis; Chadwick and Foy Brown; sisters June B. Davis; Frankie B. Smith; Vallie B. Meadows; Agnes B. Sullivan and Irene B. Schwizer.

Surviving are his wife Beryl Rose Baldwin Brown; son Ronnie Lane Brown, Jr and wife Julie Canfield; daughters Shirley Melton and Frances Brown; brother Johnny Brown and wife Alice; sister Yvonne B. Scott; granddaughters Heather Melton; Dana Brown; Olivia Mckinley Cicatello and Mia Carmella Cicatello and grandson Brandon Brown. Sister-in-law Faye Brown.

Funeral services will be conduced 11:00 AM Friday March 11, 2022 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park with full Wilmington Police Department honors. The family will see friends prior to the service in the chapel.

The family would like memorial contributions be directed Wilmington Police Department Benevolent Fund P.O Box 1810 Wilmington, NC 28402.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington NC 28403. 910-791-9099.


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  • March 09, 2022
    Evelyn Justice says:
    I am so sorry for your loss but Heaven's gain. We love y'all and pray God's peace and comfort for you. If you need us, please let us know,❤️ Love Jimmy and Evelyn

  • March 09, 2022
    Bobby Long says:
    I had the privilege to work with Ronnie at WPD, he was a great Police Officer and even a better man. My thoughts and prayers to Ronnie's family.

  • March 09, 2022
    Francés Brown lit a candle:
    Lit since March 9, 2022 at 3:27:52 PM

  • March 09, 2022
    John Edward Baldwin says:
    Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Ronnie is now at rest, no more pain. Prayers and love for all the family.

  • March 10, 2022
    Dickie & Debbie Davis says:
    Uncle Ronnie will be missed by all that knew him. He was a great friend and Uncle and it was very unexpected by us. Much love and prayers.