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Sunday, June 12, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)
Roderick Eaton Brown (Rod), 64, of Charleston, South Carolina, lost his battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, on Monday, June 6th, 2022.
Rod was born on February 22, 1958 in Warrenton, Virginia. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S Navy where he served 4 years before settling in Charleston, South Carolina.
He got his first Harley Davidson motorcycle at 23 years old, a Sportster. He worked as a trucker, a landscaper, a stay at home dad, a bike builder, and lastly as a jack of all trades at the Goose Creek Walmart. He made friends wherever he went from all walks of life and he never met a stranger.
Rod was hard-working, loyal to a fault, and wore his heart on his sleeve. He would drop everything to help a friend in need. He loved fast Harleys, an ice-cold budweiser, and good company. He traveled to every motorcycle rally, poker run, and toy run he could find, always convincing his friends to come along for the ride. He was an avid hunter and excellent shot skeet shooting with the boys.
He enjoyed the wind in his face when he rode the Blue Ridge Parkway. He loved roller coasters, but couldn't spin for a damn. He got seasick unless it was on a haze gray Navy ship. And he put on a damn good firework show. He was proud of the adults his kids grew into.
He is survived by his two children, Kyle Roderick Brown and Jillian Rae Brown, his sister Deborah Mills, his niece Elizabeth Miller, his nephew Andrew Mills, and friends who were like brothers to him, Johnny Ford, Billy Gilmore and too many more friends to count. He is predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Clara Margaret Brown, his sister Sherene Barringer, and friends who were like brothers, Red-Haired Steve Thomas and Big Jeff.
The family will receive friends for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 12th from 1 pm to 3 pm at McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation, 869 St James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445.