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Charles “Charlie” S. Brown

Date of Death: August 1, 2021
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Antonio Trubiano
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Abra Jacobs
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Phil Johnston
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Bridgid Burke
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Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Saturday 8/14, 2:00 pm

Memorial contributions may be made to:

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (

3230 Grove Ave

Richmond, VA 23221


Chaplaincy Fund (

300 Westminster-Canterbury Dr.

Winchester, VA 22603

CHARLES ST. CLAIR BROWN ATTORNEY, PUBLIC SERVANT, DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCATE Charles S. Brown, 76 of Winchester, VA, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021 at Winchester Medical Center. Charles (Charlie) Brown was born totally blind. Surgeons were able to save some vision, but he remained “legally blind” for life. Charlie and his younger brother James wereContinue Reading

Antonio Trubiano left a message on August 16, 2021:
In memory of Charles "Charlie" S. Brown, Antonio Trubiano lit a candle
Gerald Yeager left a message on August 16, 2021:
My deepest sympathies to Jackie, Richard, and Stephen on the loss of your wonderful husband and father. I am so grateful that you shared Charlie with myself and so many of our friends. From yard sales to the corridors of legislative power he led with judgment, initiative, and enthusiasm. None could doubt that the real Charlie Brown was the “real deal”. We all benefited from the example he set and the wise advice he would share with us. His good humor was also to be cherished. Let us all strive to remember him and one another and to make the world a better place in his memory.
Kathie L. Olsen left a message on August 15, 2021:
To Jackie and the Family of Charlie Brown: I had the great pleasure of working with Charlie Brown. I consider him a true friend and colleague. He is the best conflicts lawyer--and his advice was always right. I was sad when he retired from NSF but in his retirement----- he also made a difference. He followed his passion and gave so much . Charlie Brown made a difference in this work. I have wonderful stories--and memories.....and can't see Ghost Busters without thinking....Who should you call....Of course, it is Charles Brown. I wish you all strength. My deepest sympathy. Kathie
Phil Johnston left a message on August 15, 2021:
I viewed the video of Charlie’s funeral today , as I was unable to attend. I found the stories to be so moving, especially those from his family. We have been friends since we we’re 14 years old. He was so great in so many ways, I owe him a great deal for enriching my life through his courage, his intellect and his wonderful humor. Beverly and I send our deepest condolences to Jackie, Richard, Stephen and the entire Brown family. Much ❤️ to you all.
Beverly Coney left a message on August 14, 2021:
Remembering a very sweet man with the best smile and laugh. So very sorry for your loss, Jacki and family. ❤️
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Barbara Rovin left a message on August 12, 2021:
I am so sorry for the loss of this amazing and accomplished man. I am holding all of his loving family in my heart at this difficult time.
Elena Riestra King left a message on August 12, 2021:
My sincere condolence for the family. I worked at NSF many years and remember Charlie always pleasant.
Abra Jacobs left a message on August 7, 2021:
Your loved one truly did make a difference in this life for individuals who are blind! While we will certainly miss Mr. Charlie Brown, It’s comforting to know there will be a reunion day. Please know our prayers and support are with you. With heartfelt sympathy!!!
Vince Connelly left a message on August 7, 2021:
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Charlie Brown, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. I met Charlie via the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) over 20 years ago, and I was impressed by his dedication, leadership, and kindness. He helped many, and serves as an inspiration to future leaders.
Robin & John Overholt left a message on August 6, 2021:
Our hearts are with you.
Jester Deren left a message on August 6, 2021:
I am sorry to hear of Charles' passing. This loss will be felt among many circles and his family.
Sami left a message on August 6, 2021:
All my love for the Brown family, who accepts me and my sister into their lives as well.
Phil Johnston left a message on August 6, 2021:
Charlie and I became instant friends when he entered Wellesley High School . His parents were phenomenal people, who were adamant that their blind son should be mainstreamed in public schools. Although I was a liberal Democrat and Charlie was a Republican, we bonded in part because we both had a sense of humor about our politics. He taught me a lot about disabilities. I must say that I never thought of Charlie as disabled. He went to Harvard and Northwestern Law School and excelled at everything he attempted intellectually. When he completed law school, he had a tough time being hired by private law firms. Ironically, though he had been critical of the federal government in his younger years, he was hired as a labor attorney by the U.S. Department of Labor, where he performed admirably for over 30:years. Charlie was very important in my life for many reasons and I shall miss him forever. Much love to Jackie, whom he loved so much, and their children. Charlie Brown was an amazing person , much love from your friend, Phil Johnston
Larry Povinelli left a message on August 5, 2021:
Charlie was a fellow Christian, strong advocate, awesome attorney and community leader. More importantly, Charlie was a dear friend, mentor and was the reason I was able to graduate from law school as a blind person and pursue a career I had hope for as a child, but would not have realized, if it were not for the love, hope, support and encouragement of Charlie. Charlie realized that blind people face discrimination in every facet of their lives. Charlie asked me to work along side him in the affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia when I became treasurer in 1988. Charlie lived a life that shined for the LORD. Charlie would always be there for me to get through tough times in my life. I could go on and on about how Charlie Brown made me realize that it was respectable to be blind, and that I truly could live the life I want. He personified the philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind, that blindness is not a tragedy, but rather a characteristic that we can embrace and realize that with proper training and opportunity, you can live the American Dream. Charlie I will miss our conversations, your humor and fun loving spirit. Most importantly, I will miss your wisdom and encouragement that you imparted on me. I will remember you always, and I am confident I will see you in heaven someday. May you rest in eternal peace with our Savior, Jesus Christ! ✝️????
JIM & SHIRLEY MEEHAN left a message on August 5, 2021:
Charlie was quite a guy. It is amazing to us that he got so many things accomplished when you look at the number of activities professionally and otherwise that he was involved with. Charlie was truly an inspiration to all of us, and the world will surely feel the loss of Charlie not being around.
Becky Keller left a message on August 5, 2021:
Dearest Ms. Jackie and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Charlie was and forever will be known as an amazing advocate, role model, mentor, and friend within our blindness community. I am incredibly grateful to have known him, and to have been able to watch his passion and determination make huge strides forward for the blind of Virginia, as well as for individuals across the nation. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. We stand on the shoulders of giants! Thank you Charlie Brown!
Sarah Bumnerg left a message on August 5, 2021:
In memory of Charles "Charlie" S. Brown, Sarah Bumnerg lit a candle
Sarah Bumnerg left a message on August 5, 2021:
Sean and I send our deepest condolences and love to your family during this terribly difficult time. We always knew when Charlie was in the room because you could hear him a mile down the hallway. If it was to quiet you knew he hadn’t arrived yet. Charlie was an incredible human being who paved the way for the future of so many blind people and for that, you should all be so proud. May Charlie’s memory forever be for a true blessing and may his beautiful neshama (soul in Hebrew) have an aliyah (like a rise to heaven or G-d or the sky).
Michael Kitchens left a message on August 5, 2021:
Charlie was such an integral and influential member of the NFB and of the NFB of VA. I for one appreciated his candor and determination. My deepest sympathies to his wife Jacki and the rest of his family.
Bridgid Burke left a message on August 5, 2021:
Charlie was a friend and mentor who is sorely missed. I will never forget his support of me and my work with the NFB, and his dedication to the organization. Go dtí go gcomhlíonfaimid arís (until we again) my friend.
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Carol Castellano left a message on August 5, 2021:
Charlie was a great role model, friend, and support to blind children and their families. We will miss him.
Brian McCann left a message on August 5, 2021:
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Charlie was a friend and mentor for so many in the blind community. His wisdom and advise will be missed dearly.
Tony Miller left a message on August 5, 2021:
What a wonderful life. He is an example of a strong American spirit. Thanks for all his years of service. Tony Miller
Annie Ascher left a message on August 5, 2021:
Jackie and family, My heartfelt sorrow about Charlie’s passing. He is an extraordinary person and mentor. He was my first mentor at my first NFB convention and made a lasting memory and impression on me of his kindness and making me not so nervous . He will be surely missed by all who knew him. God Bless. Annie Ascher ChesBay Chapter President
William/CorlisJones left a message on August 4, 2021:
In memory of Charles "Charlie" S. Brown, William/CorlisJones lit a candle
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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