Cheryl Raye Clark Brown

July 9, 2019

Cheryl Raye Clark Brown passed away peacefully on July 9, 2019 at home in Fort Mill, SC after a hard-fought battle with a brain tumor.  Cheryl was born November 19, 1946 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  She is preceded in death by her father, Raymond C. Clark, her brother Barry Stephen Clark and her stepfather, William Doyle Bruner.  Survivors include her husband Steven Neely Brown, Sr., to whom she was married to for 51 years; daughter, Meredith Rhea Brown Tye (married to John Lewis Tye II); son, Steven Neely Brown, Jr., (married to Jame L. Anderson); mother Mary Grace Clark Bruner; brother Ricky C. Clark (married to Linda Furr Clark); grandchildren Neely Grace Tye, William Murphy Tye and Clare Campbell Brown; and multiple nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Cheryl graduated from Delta State University and taught children for over 40 years.  She and Steve lived in Mississippi before moving to Gainesville, Georgia where they resided before recently retiring to Fort Mill, SC to be closer to family.  Cheryl was a devoted and loving wife and mother, but her grandchildren were the lights of her life. She dearly loved each grandchild and raved about their individual and unique talents.  She never missed a performance, sporting event, or an opportunity to cheer for them.

Cheryl will be remembered by many as a devoted advocate for children.  She established the preschool program at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, GA in the 1970’s.  Cheryl was among the first educators in Hall County Georgia to become a certified Wilson Reading Program tutor.  A true educator, she saw and believed in the potential of every child.  Cheryl would often take people under her wing and make them a part of her family, including Amy Marascalco Smith, who was another daughter to her.  She was an excellent cook, and everyone was welcome at her table.  Cheryl was well known for her extremely kind heart and generosity. There is an empty place left in this world with her passing. 

 She was a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church and her service will be held there on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in support of missions to the Jubilee Plus Fund at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • John Evans

    I am so sorry to hear that Cheryl has left her earthly family; however she is now rejoicing with her heavenly family. Cheryl and you were such positive role models when I was growing up and visiting in Belzoni, MS. Mom (Pat Evans) absolutely loved both of you and would often talk about the wonderful times she had growing up next to your family. I have fond memories of taking a road trip with Gladys Regan and stopping en route to visit with Cheryl and you. We had the best visit; Cheryl was a gracious host.
    In His Grip,
    John Evans and Family

  • Alice Ann Mundy

    Dearest Meredith, Neel, and Steve,
    I am so sorry over the death of Wonderful Cheryl. She was such a special friend in my life, especially during our teaching days together at Lakeview Academy where she was an incredible teacher who loved her students and they felt it; plus, she loved watching them learn, and certainly made a Blessed everlasting difference in their lives. ... And then came the birth of her first grandchild: a brand new chapter in her life that she cherished with every fiber in her being. She absolutely adored being a grandmother to each of her grandchildren! I know she will be dearly remembered by them, by you, her past students, and all her friends...we loved her so much and always will.
    Tom shares with me in our joyful memories of being with her, and now in the prayers we petition for each of you.
    May God’s love and peace comfort you at this time over your loss of “Wonderful Chery”,
    AliceAnn and Tom Mundy

  • Carolyn Kellams Lawson

    Mrs Mary and Ricky, I am so sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. She, Judy and I had some good times together in High School. Cheryl was a devoted friend to many in High School. I know she will be missed by you, her husband & family.

  • First South Farm Credit, Leland Mississippi

    May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Lynda, John, Ryan, Colin, and Brendan Byrne

    Steve, Neel, and Meredith,
    We were sad to hear of Cheryl's passing. We know your hearts are heavy. Cheryl was special to so many of us -- there's an emptiness we all feel. Please know your family is in our hearts and prayers. We hope your feel our long-distance love.

  • Sandra Gordy Massell

    Oh, no... I am so saddened to hear this news. I will always have sweet memories of Cheryl in Gainesville, GA. My deepest condolences to Steve, Neel, and Meredith. ?

  • Michele Ralston Griffith

    Sweet Cheryl! Oh how your sweet spunky spirit will be missed! I have so many fond memories of you and your wonderful family. Your family's leadership helped shape me as a youth and we are all so grateful! Hugs and prayers for Steve, Meredith, and Neel and family as you hold tight to so many memories of such a wonderful lady!

  • Rynna (Philyaw) Kidd

    I have very fond memories of Cheryl and her husband! Prayers for her family.

  • Joseph William Wampler (Bill)

    To My Aunt Cheryl...
    At peace now, I'm certain, and smiling at the joy of the many children who've been waiting there for you to come join them. It's difficult to realize that we had to share you and the happiness you brought us with those who have gone on before us. I remember only the best moments with you. Always encouraging, supportive, and loving. I'm sure I disappointed you somewhere along the way but I don't remember ever feeling estranged or chastised for those moments, only guided or redirected with loving and positive influence and always with your smile to reassure me of how much I was loved. I don't want you to be gone, to not be here to see, and smile with over my life experiences, Olivia's accomplishments, and your ever growing abilities to decipher and help all of us... but I understand... God shared you with us, not the other was around. I now look forward to seeing you again when my turn comes and I hope to enjoy the children as much then too. Until then, you, and all you gave to us over the years will be remembered fondly and practiced often and you will be missed.
    See Ya around sometime, Aunt Cheryl, with tears and smiles,

  • Dianne Little

    This incredible lady not only taught and loved my children, she taught me how to be a better mom. I loved her, and I have missed her. This world will never be the same. My deepest sympathy to the family.