First Posted: 1/15/2009
Mildred Stephens Kirkman Brown, 86, of Raleigh, died Nov. 12, 2008.
A memorial service to celebrate Mildred’s life was at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at Chapel of Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, N.C., the Dr. David Hailey officiated. Burial followed in Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville at 3:30 p.m.
Mildred was born in Proctorsville on Sept. 30, 1922, to Caleb Green Stephens and Carrie Bell Wilkerson Stephens. She graduated from Lumberton High School and married her high school sweetheart, George Victor Kirkman, on Dec. 31,1940. They were married for 30 years and raised their children, Vic, Penny and Byron in Lumberton. They were members of Chestnut Street United Methodist Church for many years.
Mildred married William Fred Brown of Fayetteville in 1971 and they made their home in Cary. She retired from N.C. State University, where she was an auditor for the Agriculture Extension Office.
Mildred was preceded in death by her first husband, Vic Kirkman, her parents, C.G. and Carrie Stephens; four brothers, Simmons, Jerome, Broughton and Jack Stephens; two sisters, Mary Stephens Raybon, and Carrie Stephens Lee.
It is with great sadness that the family of Mildred Stephens Kirkman Brown announces her passing after a long illness. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 37 years, William Fred Brown, her children, Vic Kirkman Jr. and spouse Beverly, Penny Kirkman Sullivan and spouse Phil, and James Byron Kirkman, all of Raleigh.
She was blessed with two loving step-children, Jerry Brown and spouse Annette, and Freda MacKenzie and spouse Calvin.
Mildred had nine grandchildren she dearly loved, Kay Sharp and spouse Glen, Kevin Kirkman and spouse Beth, Mark Stone and spouse Linda, Betsy Sullivan, Phil Sullivan III, Brian Sullivan, Courtney Hale and spouse Jaime, Greer Kirkman and spouse Katie and Walker MacKenzie; 10 precious great-grandchildren, Grant, Nora, Kristina, Jason, Phoebe, Liam, Blake, Reese, Malea; and a great-great-granddaughter, Leah; She also leaves behind four nieces, Carrie Ann Small and spouse Doug, Helen Loizou, Christina Powell, Donna Creed and spouse Don; and a nephew, Simmons Stephens and spouse Sherry.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Dan Mollin and Dr. Sam Mobarek for the skilled and compassionate care they’ve provided over the years. Special thanks go out to Hospice of Wake County and the loving care providers representing this agency. We can never thank you enough for your support.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County, The Healing Place of Wake County, or La Escuelita, a school for poor children in Nicaragua (www.littleschoolnicaragua.com).
Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home (www.montlawn.com).