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Memorial Service

First United Methodist Church
Saturday January 15th, 2022

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Graveside Service

Cottage Cemetery
Saturday June 25th, 2022

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Dennis C Brown

Dennis C. Brown of Orange City, Fl and formerly of Cottage, NY passed away on January 6, 2022 due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease with Lewy Body Dementia. He leaves a legacy in Western New York and West Volusia communities. He was drafted into the Army in 1965, serving in Vietnam under the Headquarters of the First Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division & 426th Signal Battalion in Fort Bragg, NC. He attained a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree at SUNY Fredonia. He taught elementary school for over 30 years combined at Springville Griffith Institute, Springville, NY, and Osteen Elementary School (Volusia County School District) in FL. He served on the Planning Council and as commissioner for the townships of Dayton, NY and Orange City, FL. He is a member of the American Legion Post 1593 (South Dayton, NY) and lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2522 (Cherry Creek, NY). He enjoyed classic country & bluegrass music and working on projects in his man cave, the garage. He is survived by his of wife of 53 years, Rhodella (Ennis) of Orange City, FL and formerly of Cottage, NY; their children Jennifer Brown of Orange City and his granddaughter Meagan Rodriguez and fiancé Scott Sullivan of Dunedin, FL; Jereme and his wife Melissa (Welch) and his grandsons Slade, Austin, Mason of Orange City, FL; Dr. Jessica Brown and her husband Dr. Dwayne Henry of Baton Rouge, LA; and Jaclyn Fekeith and his grandchildren Warren, Sarah, and Sean residing in Kings Beach, CA. He is survived by his brothers, Richard Brown of Dunkirk, NY and Douglas (Dorothy) Brown of Franklinville, NY. He has many nieces and nephews whom he adored and whom loved him very much. He is pre-deceased by his parent’s Clinton J. Brown and Doris (Parsell) formerly of South Dayton, NY, and sister-in-law Lynn (Richard’s wife). All are welcome to attend the Florida memorial service on January 15 at the First United Methodist Church (Sanctuary, Bldg 1) located at 115 E Howry Ave, DeLand, 32724 at 11:00 AM. The Memorial service will be followed by a reception in Building 4. A separate graveside service will be held at the Cottage Cemetery, Cottage, NY on June 25 at 11:00 AM. Expressions of sympathy may be posted online (www.distasiofuneralhome) under DiStasio Funeral Home, Balcom Corners, South Dayton, NY. Flowers may be sent to the Jan 15th church location, or donations given on his behalf to the Adam Quinn Scholarship Fund at First United Methodist Church (address above or online www.fumcdeland.org/give).


I always appreciated Uncle Denny's humor! We had a lot of good laughs together.. I will miss you Uncle Denny. I am so grateful to know you are in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I pray comfort for Aunt Rhodella, Jennifer, Jeremy, Jessica, Jaclyn , and their families ✝️

Naomi Ennis Apr 28 2022 3:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Brown

Gary Lee Campbell Jr Jan 14 2022 10:15 PM

Josh .. I hope all is well.. jereme brow. Here..

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Jereme Brown Jan 14 2022 4:18 PM

Denny Brown, "Salt of the earth". Everyone should have a Mr. Brown for a teacher. He was a man of grace and conviction ; a master teacher.
I vividly remember ,several times , imploring him to stay at Springville Elementary School. Each time his reply would be that wincing expressive... "it's too cold here."
So now Mr.Brown is able to return to his beautiful farm land in Cottage, New York ; the cold won't bother ; he will rest in peace, and he will live in our hearts for ever. Wonderful man.

John Goodemote Jan 14 2022 5:38 AM

Dr. Brown one of the only teachers that got me and the way I could understand things. He is the one how gave me my first rooster. I named him Denny after him. The rooster didn't like Mrs Brown so he gave it to me .I have many great memories of him in school and at Chautauqua lake at Mr rogan's cabin. Rest in peace Mr Brown you will be missed .

Kathy Vandervort Gernatt Jan 12 2022 6:38 PM

Mr. Brown was a big part of my growing up in Collins Center, NY, as he was my teacher for both 4th and 5th grade at our small-town school. He lived on in all the stories I regaled my own children with, whether that was his singing classic country in the classroom, or taking us on real field trips to the cider mill (on a Saturday, riding in the back of a pickup), the hayride around town, or the maple sugar shanty. Grateful for the memories of a time gone by. Prayers for his loving family and friends.

Christine M. Wobbeking Jan 11 2022 9:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Brown

Sue & Tom Jan 11 2022 4:37 PM

Dearest Rhodella ,
The years have passed so quickly and we have failed to keep in touch as we should have. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you struggle through this difficult time. It\'s good to see that you have a great family for support and that many of them are nearby to help you adjust to a life without your partner of so many years.
We can remember many fond memories when we would get our families together for a \"picnic\" dinner in Cottage or Sheridan. You were always a very strong person who was ready to take charge when the need arose. Now is a time to do that once more with loving help from your kids, grandkids, and their families.
Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sue & Tom Taylor (and families) Jan 11 2022 4:32 PM

I'm sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Shirley Haynes Jan 11 2022 3:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Brown

Shirley Haynes Jan 11 2022 3:34 PM

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