John Mack Brown

Tuesday, September 21, 1943 - Monday, September 12, 2022

A Friend to Everyone

Photo of John Mack Brown  - 1943-2022

Canton-  On Monday, September 12, 2022 we lost a man that was well known throughout our community and a man that was a friend to everyone, Johnny “John” Mack Brown entered into his glorious heavenly home.

John was born September 21, 1943 in Waynesville, NC to the late James Ernest Brown and the late Christine Shelton Brown and had resided in Greer, SC throughout most of his childhood.  In 1960 his family made the decision to return to Waynesville and John was always proud to call Haywood County his home. He had been employed with Lea Industries in Waynesville where he retired with many years of dedicated service. John held a passion for restoring antique cars and was an active member of the Sunset Cruisers Car Club. He always held a true concern for his community and was very involved in the Canton Neighborhood Safety Watch Program. John and his beloved wife Ardith could often be found at Pickin in the Park during the summer seasons and in the winter they were always supporters of Pickin in the Armory.  Mr. Brown was a man of faith and attended Canton Wesleyan Church. John deeply loved his family and he was a wonderful husband, daddy, and paw.  His favorite place to “take it easy” was on his comfortable front porch where he would wave at friends and neighbors as they passed by each day. Let us each follow John’s example and reach out to others with a smile and a friendly wave to let someone know you care- John would be pleased.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Lynda James Brown; a sister-in-law, Elaine Wright Brown; and a nephew, Luke Cullen.

He is survived by his second wife, Ardith Hipps Clontz Brown of Canton; his daughters, Connie Wingler of Virginia, Sherita Clontz of Canton and Selina Mestanza (Daniel) of Mills River; a son, Christopher Clontz (Christina) of Maryland; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, James David Brown of Waynesville; sisters, Anita Brown Cullen (Mike) and Donna Brown Willett (Chris) both of Waynesville; an aunt, Margaret Shelton; numerous nieces and nephews; close cousins; and many friends.

A service of remembrance to celebrate Mr. Brown’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, September 24, 2022 at High Street Baptist Church in Canton with a time of visitation following the service in the church fellowship hall. Pastor Chris Willett and Pastor Amanda Fowler will be officiating.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Brown family.     

Condolences from family and friends

Ardith and family, I am so very sorry to hear about John's passing. He was always so sweet to me when we would talk together at Pickin' in the Park or anywhere that we all ran into each other. You two were always so sweet together. Bless you my friend if you need anything just let me know. I pray God will comfort and wrap his arms around you especially on the days when you need it most. Love you Dawn
Dawn Worley Hyatt
Sorry for the loss of Johnny Mack. He was a very good friend of (Dwight's has passed) Terry and I have tried to keep up with him. May God Bless all the family.
Ruby Crumpler and Terry Crumpler
Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you the comfort you need at this difficult time.
Elaine Edwards
My deepest sympathy to you Ardith and all of John's family. We sure had a lot of good times when we had Pickin' in the Armory. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Juanita Dixon
So sorry to hear of John passing. May God comfort all his family and friends during this difficult time.
Mariam Howell
Ardith and family was so sorry to see this today. John was such a sweet and loving friend to me and Paul my late husband. We had a lot of good times with him and you when we made it up that way. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you at this time. Love to all
Donna Rathbone
Sweet lady my heart is broke, John was a true friend and great man, my prayers are with you, rip sweet friend
Tina tuten
Ardith and Family I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. I enjoyed visiting with you both when you would shopping for groceries. You are in my prayers during this time
Tara Pace
We are so sorry to hear of Johnny Mack's passing. He was a friend of Doug's for many years, spent many an hour in McCracken's Body Shop. Prayers to the family .
Wanda McCracken
Keeping his memory alive, we love you all very much. Can't wait to see him in heaven.
Connie wingler and family