David A. Brown
David A. Brown, 77, of Center Point, passed away at his home with his family by his side on November 26, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. He was born September 9, 1942 in Clay County, the son of Radford and Floy Oberholtzer Brown. He graduated from Bowling Green High School, Class of 1960. He continued his education at Purdue and received his degree in Civil Engineering, graduating in 1965. He maintained his professional licensing throughout his lifetime.
On June 13, 1964 he was united in marriage to Elaine Sue Spelbring Brown. Together they worked on their family farm and raised their family in southern Clay County. David was a lifelong member of the Bowling Green United Methodist Church and served for over 40 years as a lay minister with the United Methodist Church. He was the pastor of the Staunton United Methodist Church for over 10 years. He received the Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Christian Camping International in 1995 and served on the United Methodist Camp Board. He had the heart of a servant and was always one to help when called. His Faith in God and his love of Family was his priority.
David served in the Army National Guard and was Honorably Discharged in November of 1967. He was a volunteer fireman with the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Western Indiana Credit Union for 22 years. He also served on the 4-H Council and helped with the construction of the Clay County Fairgrounds. David received the Clay City High School Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.
David was the maintenance manager for the Pfizer Plant in Terre Haute for many years, retiring in 1993. All the while working, they farmed as well, and served the church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elaine Brown; one daughter, Kimberly Day and husband Michael of Iowa; one son, Chad Brown and wife Mary of Center Point; grandchildren Courtney Brown, Clay Brown, Michael Day II, Lauren Day, Robert Day and David Day; one brother, William Brown and wife Moyra; one sister, Jane Steiner and husband Carl; Nick Staley, his cousin who was raised by David and Elaine; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services will be held Thursday, December 5, at 11:00 am at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, with Pastors Paul Zurcher and David Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 4, from 4-8 and again Thursday prior to services. If friends so desire, the family would encourage donations to be directed to the Clay City Food Pantry or to the charity of choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Post a note of condolence at www.lawson-millerchapel.com
Published on November 29, 2019


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Jim Cannon
Dec 02, 2019
I remember David at Pfizer when I was a summer intern there back in the late 80's. Always a very kind man to everyone and always helpful to me as a young Purdue student.
Bill Pine
Nov 29, 2019
Dave Brown
My first and last Pastor of Staunton United Methodist Church.
After Dave retired, I tried a few other local churches here in TH, but God only had blessed me with one
Who I loved in my heart like the father I never had.
Each day in the morning, as I open to read my scripture, I pictured Dave reading it to me, and with me, every single day.
Elaine, thank you for sharing such a wonderful husband, to all of us, who loved him like a father.
My family and I are blessed to have met, are one and only Pastor in this life time.
Thank you God, for the blessings Dave Brown brought to all of us that knew him.