September 26, 2021

HHS hosts retirement luncheon for Mr. Brown

Ed Brown enjoys his granddaughter Lucy Pearl's signing during his recent retirement luncheon at HHS (Photo: Debbie O'Neal)

Ed Brown enjoys his granddaughter Lucy Pearl’s signing during his recent retirement luncheon at HHS (Photo: Debbie O’Neal)

(Franklin/Times-Journal) — Heard County High School hosted a retirement luncheon for beloved educator Mr. Ed Brown last week.

Mr. Brown retired last November after teaching science at the school for over 34 years.

At the retirement luncheon among those in attendance was former student Nikki Jackson, a recent graduate of the University of Georgia.

Jackson stated that Mr. Brown has made a big impact on her life and she wanted to honor him by attending the luncheon.

Others in attendance were his wife of 35 years Nancy Brown, their daughter Sallie Brown, his grandchildren Eli and Lucy Pearl and many teachers and colleagues.

Speakers at the luncheon included Heard Special Education Teacher Wylene Spearman, Georgia Association of Educators President Sid Chapman, Superintendent Jerry Prince, Principal Rodney Kay, Science Department colleague Laura Barido, STAR Teacher Penny Hood and Mr. Brown’s daughter Sallie Brown.

Each person spoke about the personal impact that Mr. Brown had in their life. They praised him for being a great teacher, a great friend and making a difference in their lives.

Spearman presented Mr. Brown with a plaque in honor of his 34 years of service.

Mrs. Hood presented Mr. Brown with a signed copy of this year’s Class of 2016 yearbook titled “Talk Of The Town,” dedicated to him.

This honor has been bestowed on Brown three times in his career for the difference he has made in the student’s lives.

Hood stated, “ Mr. Brown was there in 1987 when I arrived. He has been a great friend and mentor all these years.” With tears in her eyes she told Brown, “You will be missed!”

Mr. Brown’s beautiful young granddaughter Lucy Pearl shared a song with the audience to honor her grandfather.

The luncheon ended with Mr. Brown’s farewell speech of appreciation.

“I wanted to make a difference and I think I got a chance to do it,” said Brown. “I would just like to say in the famous words of Don Cornelius ‘It’s been a stone cold gas!’”

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