Cheryl Ann Kelly Brown, 67, of Spanish Fort, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021. She grew up in Wagarville where she attended Wagarville Elementary School and Leroy High School. She was a proud graduate of the Auburn University School of Pharmacy and worked 41 years as a pharmacist, many of those years at the Rite-Aid Drugstore in Spanish Fort. She appreciated her customers and was always willing to spend whatever time was required to meet their needs. She also held her co-workers in the pharmacy in high esteem, recognizing their importance as employees as well as taking an interest in their private lives.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother and devoted Christian, she was a dear aunt to her nieces and nephews. She was one of their biggest cheerleaders and, whenever possible, attended their recitals and ball games, and she could always be counted on to make a generous purchase of whatever their school happened to be selling as a fundraiser.
One of Cheryl’s most endearing qualities was her zest for life. She enjoyed traveling, engaging with friends on social media, cheering on the Auburn Tigers and was actively involved in the Apollo Mystic Ladies Mardi Gras Society. Everyone who attended the July Fourth barbeques and pool parties held at the Brown home was always treated to great food, fellowship and fun.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Leroy and Annie Marie Sullivan Kelly and brother, James Leonard “Jimbo” Kelly.
She is survived by her husband of forty years, William E. Brown; son, Jeffrey Brown of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Britton (Thelia) Kelly of Spanish Fort; sister-in-law, Polly Kelly of Foley; nephews, James Leonard (Iris) Kelly, Jr., Darren (Kim) Kelly, Dr. Patrick (Carolyn) Kelly; nieces, Gina Harper, Karen Shirah; several great-nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson with the Rev. George Weaver officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service and Covid 19 safety practices will be observed. Interment will follow the service at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wagarville with Lathan Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Patrick Kelly, Jim Kelly, Darren Kelly. Britt Kelly, Billy Kelly and Jimmy Kelly.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhome.com.