‘Mr. Brentwood’ passes away

Earl's cup. Photograph courtesy of the Brentwood Historical Society

The Brentwood Historical Society posted the following on the event of Earl Brown’s death.

When Earl Brown visited the Barlow House on Friday morning’s, he would head to the kitchen, grab his cup, pour some coffee, and sit down and catch up on Brentwood happenings.  We always kidded Earl about the cup.  We said, “I guess you think you’re special”.  Honestly, to call Earl Brown “special” is an understatement.

Earl's cup. Photograph courtesy of the Brentwood Historical Society
Earl’s cup. Photograph courtesy of the Brentwood Historical Society

Earl died yesterday, November 6th.  He was 89 years old.  Earl was a valuable member of the Brentwood School District for 35 years.  He served as a teacher, principal and Assistant to the Superintendent.  He continued to serve as an ambassador to the School District for many years.  He never missed a school event.  Games, recitals, plays, graduations, and alumni get-togethers.  He had an uncanny ability to remember students from many years past, and could usually tell you where they lived now and what they did for a living.  He belonged to service organizations, was active in his church, and he was a faithful member of the Historical Society.

It seemed whenever there was an event in Brentwood, Earl was present.  Smiling, joking, listening; being Earl.  Earl deeply cared about other people; he deeply cared about Brentwood.  I will always admire Earl Brown for those traits.  Some would kid him about always being at Brentwood events, calling him “Mr. Brentwood”.  I can think of no person that is more deserving of that title.

Our prayers go out to the the Brown family.

From Gerber Chapel: Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 10, at Peace United Church of Christ, 204 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at Gerber Chapel, 23 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves. Interment, with full military honors, at National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks


  1. My deepest sympathy to the Brown family. I first met Earl when I entered his classroom in 7th grade. He did not demand respect from a group of 13 year olds. Respect was given willingly because of his person. I later had the privilege to be his neighbor. From the start I knew I had a friend. All who met Earl felt the same. If anyone is assured to rest in peace, it is Earl Brown. A better citizen Brentwood has not had. A better man God has not created.

  2. I always enjoyed working with Earl on various projects with Brentwood City Television. His knowledge, understanding of the community and his infectious smile made every meeting something special. Our world is a better place because of people like Earl Brown. He will be deeply missed.

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