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The Dillon Herald
30 May 2002

Philip Bosché BROWN

DILLON--Services for Philip Bosché Brown, 86, of 805 N. Eighth Ave., will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2002 at First Presbyterian Church in Dillon, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Kannaday's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the residence. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Dillon Christian School, P.O. Box 151, Dillon, SC 29536.

Philip Bosché Brown died Wednesday, May 29 at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1915, in Concord, N.C., the son of the late Earl Henderson Brown and Winifred Bosché Brown. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Bethea Brown.

He attended school in Dillon, Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and Severn School in Severn Park, Md. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., graduated in 1939, and served in both the Pacific and European theatres during World War II.

He served as executive office aboard the destroyer, U.S.S. Borie, in 1943 when the ship was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after an attack by a German submarine, fighting in the ensueing hand-to-hand combat in a famous encounter featured in Life magazine.

Later he served with distinction as captain of the destroyer, the U.S.S. J. Fred Talbert. His unit received a special citation from the President of the United States. During his tour of duty, he received medals from various campaigns, including the Legion of Merit award and the Russian Order of the Fatherland. He retired from the Navy in 1954 with the rank of Commander.

Mr. Brown was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Dillon serving as Sunday School teacher, chairman of the Board of Deacons, chairman of Youth Fellowship and served more than 30 years as Elder of the Church and Elder Emeritus.

Prior to his retirement in 1982, Mr. Brown engaged in various enterprises in Dillon. He established the Brown-Lucius Wood Preserving Co. in 1946, later purchased the radio station WDSC, and in 1960 opened the first cucumber market in Dillon.

He was active in many community activities, serving as the chairman of the school board, Dillon District 2, and then chairman of the Dillon County Board of Education for 14 years. He was president of the Dillon Lions' Club, led efforts to establish the Tri-County Mental Health Association and was elected it first chairman. He served on the Board of Directors of the First Citizens Bank of Dillon for more than 20 years. He was past president of Twin Lakes Country Club and the Cotillion Club of Dillon.

Mr. Brown served in the S.C. Legislature from 1949 to 1951. He initiated the establishment of Little Pee Dee State Park. He was appointed as S.C. Highway Commissioner in 1981 by Gov. Richard Riley and represented the Fourth Judicial District for three years.

He is survived by his sons, Michael Nathaniel Brown, M.D., and James Philip Brown, both of Dillon, and Robert Walton Brown of Latta; grandchildren, David Hamlin Brown, Daniel Walton Brown, Kathryn Dearie Brown, Susan Marie Brown, Philip Bosché Brown II, Erin Parker Brown, William Philip Brown, Samuel Richard Brown and Anna Margaret Brown.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his son, Philip Bosché Brown Jr., and grandson, Michael N. Brown, Jr.

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