|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1920|
|Death: ||Dec. 17, 2001|
December 18, 2001 - Chattanooga Times Free Press, section B page 1
Pikeville grocery owner Harvey Brown found dead:
by Candice Combs
Pikeville, Tenn - Nine Mile Grocery a place where the residents here gather for a quick sandwich or a game of checkers, was closed for the first time in years after a mailman found the slain body of the store's owner.
Even in the rain more than 20 onlookers amassed in the parking lot a few feet from the phone the mail carrier used to call the police at 11:30 A.M. CST after finding long-time store owner Harvey Brown dead, said Bledsoe County Sheriff Bob Swafford.
A Parton saw Mr. Brown, in his 80's a live an hour before at the store on State Highway 127 at Nine Mile Road, he added.
"We don't have any suspects right now and we're not 100 percent sure of what happened," Sheriff Swafford said. "We do think (Mr. Brown) died after receiving several blows to the head, so we
do think this was a homicide."
For four hours Monday morning, investigators waited for a Nashville-based mobile crime unit from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to drive to the remote store. No one went in or out of the grocery until the forensic team pulled in a little after 4 P.M.
"We don't know if anything was missing or disturbed," Sheriff Swafford said. "But we'll be out here as long as it takes until we do know something.
Clayton Edmonds, a friend and neighbor of Mr. Brown, said he arrived at the grocery store shortly after the mail carrier called 911. He'd seen his friend a few hours before when they had breakfast together at Aults Grocery, another store a few miles down the road.
" I got as far as the door," he said. "The bread was out, you know, he was making a sandwich."
Regulars say bologna sandwiches were the best at Mr. Brown's grocery store, where from dusk until dawn, a small fellowship of "pals" congregated daily to talk about life quietly, said Roger Yaste, who has lived near the grocery store for six years. Mr. Brown also lived nearby-just two miles away on Nine Mile Road.
"You know, this was just a real neighborhood place, (Mr. Brown) knew everybody and everybody knew him," he said. "you know, he whittled all the time and argued politics, but he was always here and the store was always open."
Robert McCoy Brown (1895 - 1949)
Orvella Ellen Roberts Brown (1902 - 1985)
Dorothy Christella Edmons Brown (1925 - ____)*
Jerry Allen Brown (1948 - 2011)*
Harvey James Brown (1920 - 2001)
Clinton Paul Brown (1921 - 2003)*
Norman Lee Brown (1923 - 2008)*
Mattie Jewell Brown Thurman (1924 - 1981)*
Claude Franklin Brown (1928 - 2006)*
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