Elbert Lee Brower, 80, of Elizabeth City, N.C., died July 21, 2009, at Albemarle Hospital.

Born in Elizabeth City, N.C., Mr. Brower was the son of the late Joseph Franklin and Mary Ann Whitson Brower. He was the husband of Mrs. Barbara O'Bryan Brower of the residence for nearly 59 years. Mr. Brower was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed spending time in his garden. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Kearsarge, and he had worked as an automobile mechanic for many years.

Along with his wife, Mr. Brower is survived by his daughter, Kim Ellen Brower Rhodes and her husband William Clayton Rhodes Jr. of Royse City; a son, Gary Alden Brower and wife Sherry Williams Brower of Edenton, N.C.; a brother, Paul Brower; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Leanne Brower.

A graveside memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. today at New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, N.C.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2418 Blue Ridge Road Ste. 206, Raleigh, NC 27607. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, N.C., is assisting the Brower family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com

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