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01/11/11 - NNHS Newsletter - C.J. Browne

Chesley James Browne, Jr.
(08 Feb 1938 - 08 Jan 2011)

Asheboro (NC) High School Class of @ 1957
Newport News High School Faulty Member

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Tuesday morning.        C.J. Browne, beloved former Newport News High School coach, passed away in Richmond on Saturday, January 07, 2011 one month shy of his 73rd birthday.

From the Daily Press - 01/11/11:

                        Chesley J. Browne, Jr.
      YORKTOWN - Chesley James Browne Jr., 72, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital, after a brief illness.

Mr. Browne was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Central Falls, N.C., to Thelma Mae Keesee Browne and Chesley James Browne Sr. He graduated from Asheboro High School, Wingate College, and East Carolina University, where he played football. He served in the Navy from 1960-1962 and moved to the Peninsula in 1962 and attended a master's program at the College of William and Mary.
C.J. Browne

He was employed in education, insurance and financial services. As an educator, he worked as a teacher and coach at Newport News High School. Affectionately called 'Mr. John Hancock' on the Peninsula, he was past president of the Peninsula Life Underwriters Association and remained active in the Peninsula Underwriter Training Council. He was supervisor and assistant general agent for John Hancock Life Insurance Company, CA Swanson Hornsby General Agency, Newport News, Va. For years, he was a leading agent for both Newport News and Norfolk John Hancock Agencies, and was a life and participating member of the Million Dollar Round Table - an insurance industry-wide honor. His community involvement also included being the past president of the Peninsula Sports Club, Yorktown Rotary Club, where he was an active member, and the Marlbank Recreation Association.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann Browne; daughters, Suzanna Edens and husband, Ed of Raleigh, N.C., and Amy Teague and husband, Brian of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Jamie and Grace Edens, Katie and Connor Teague; sisters, Dru Hudson and husband, Charles of High Point, N.C., and Connie Browne-Edwards and husband, Marshall of High Point, N.C.; brother, Barry J. Browne of Asheboro, N.C.; and other loving nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Peninsula Memorial Park, with the Rev. Charles N. Moore officiating. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 16, at Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church followed by visitation and a reception.

Memorial donations may be made to Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church, 204 Cook Road, Yorktown, VA 23692; or Yorktown Rotary Foundation Education Program, P.O. Box 142, Yorktown, VA 23690-0142; or a charity of your choice.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from January 11 to January 12, 2011.
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January 11, 2011

  Our deepest sympathy goes out to you today along with our thoughts and prayers. May you take comfort that God is holding him in his arms and you in his hearts.

~ Angela, Don & Rosanna Southern, Fredericksburg, Virginia

January 11, 2011
  MaryAnn, Bruce & I thought so much of C.J. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Jean & Bruce Howell, Newport News, Virginia


January 11, 2011
Coach Browne was a great man and coach. I will always remember him.

~ Mike Fordham NNHS Class of 1966.

January 11, 2011

Coach Brown was my 8th grade math teacher at NNHS. Math was not a subject that I excelled in! He worked tirelessly with me one on one to make sure I understood my material enough to pass my tests. He saw me with my husband and children 10 years after I graduated and remembered my name and told my husband what a delightful student I was. Coach, you'll be missed!

~ Margaret Kailos-Lee, Clayton, North Carolina

January 11, 2011
Dear MaryAnn,
Words can not express how I feel. CJ was not only my Insurance Agent and loyal customer for over 25 years, but my friend. My thoughts are with you and your family.

January 11, 2011
Coach Browne was a great coach and teacher. More importantly, he was a great human being. He was an all around great guy who will be sorely missed. The world is a little empty with his passing.
Not only was I blessed to be coached by this fine gentleman, but I also had the opportunity to work with him briefly at John Hancock. I know God has a special place reserved for a man like C.J.
May peace and condolence be with his family.

~ Joe Wingo, Charlotte, North Carolina

January 11, 2011
Coach Browne was a very significant and positive influence on my life. He was instructive and enthusiastic. His sense of humor was much appreciated during what could be best described as tense times. He was a fine man who was a fine role model. He will be missed.

~ Stephen M. Smith, NNHS Class of 1966, Hampton, Virginia
January 11, 2011
My sincerest condolences to the family of "CJ". He was to me, both a beloved coach and friend. May God's blessings be with you at this time of your sorrow, and may you be consoled by the memory of a wonderful man.

~ Wayne Stokes, Tabb, Virginia

January 11, 2011
Mary Ann our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. CJ was one of a kind My finest recruit and great friend although we did not to spend a lot of time after coaching and insurance drew us apart. A truly just good man. Duffy

~ CC Duff, Crossville, Tennessee
January 11, 2011
Dear Mary Ann,
Think of the beautiful memories and loving moments you shared together with each other and your family over the years. You and CJ are blessed with two wonderful daughters and 4 darling grand-children. He was a fine husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed his family as much as anyone I know. He was a kind and gentle man. I do not know how I could have a better brother-in-law. We will miss him and know he in now in God's loving arms. Love, your brother, Doug
January 11, 2011
Mary Ann, Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and best friend. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. From every one at Clippers, we are here if you need us.
January 11, 2011
  Dear Mary Ann, we are deeply saddened by the news of C.J.'s passing. C.J. brought me much appreciated comraderie and mentorship during our many years together at John Hancock in Newport News and Williamsburg. Many knew that C.J. had a particular knack for being amazingly supportive during troubled times. C.J.'s love and enthusiasm for people, sports and the Virginia Cavaliers reinforced his bigger-than-life and infectious personality, which we all loved so much about him. C.J. will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his all of his students, clients, and business associates.
January 12, 2011
One of my first jobs out of High School was with CA Swanson Hornsby's agency. Mr. Browne was one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. I am sure he will be missed by his family and many friends. My sincere sympathy, Sandie Turner

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Browne family, their friends, and all of Coach's former students at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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