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Wonderful trip to Orange Beach, AL “We will truly miss your loving smile and great sense of humor. Our hearts are truly sadden with your passing. May you know be at peace with the Lord! ”
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Gerrell Hampton Brown, age 85 of Macomb Township, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at home under the compassionate care of Reverence Home Health & Hospice. He was born February 7, 1933 in Kentucky, son of John and Daython Brown.

A quality control specialist in the automotive industry, Gerrell's life was centered around cars both professionally and personally. Not only did his expertise and career involve an exercise in precision, but the combination of his brain & brawn came together in the many antique cars he restored over the years. At one point, Gerrell was juggling a 7 car garage and kept it running like a well-oiled machine. From the restoration of some of the Model T era vehicles, to the refurbishing of a hot rod here and there, Gerrell knew his cars and had a unique vision for each one. And of all the projects he undertook, perhaps most special was the renovation of his prized 1984 Chevrolet El Camino. Gerrell poured his heart & soul into that car,…which was so much more than merely a car when he got done, it was a show piece!

And for as much as Gerrell was into cars, he was equally adept in the field of carpentry as well,…some may say, an expert. With an engineering mind and hands-on adaptability, Gerrell could swing a hammer with the best of them, and the guys on HGTV had nothin' on him. Metalworking was also a strength for Gerrell, but more so as a hobby than anything. He was simply good with his hands no matter what he was doing. Also renowned as a consummate "Mr. Fix It," Gerrell loved to tinker around and prided himself in the fact that he could fix anything,…and often did. Yet not merely in his strong suits, Gerrell was also a lover of nature and spent many-an-hour out in the garden tending to his floral spectacle. Possessing the heart of a botanist and the vision of an artist, he raised his flowers with the tender-loving-care of a parent and nurtured their growth with the patience of a saint. And in the end,…a thing of splendor for all to enjoy, especially his treasured Iris patch.

When not working or tending to his hobbies, Gerrell found sweet release in the recreation of boating. Living in the right place to enjoy some water sports, he took great advantage, at every turn, of dropping that boat in the water and heading out for some sun & fun on the lakes. Nothing says fun quite like opening up all that horsepower and watching the front of the boat come out of the water as you leave a rooster tail in your wake. Gerrell knew that kind of fun and drew from it as often as possible.

Those were just some of the things he enjoyed. But as for the things he loved,…well, they weren't things at all, rather three adorable Scottie dogs, Ferguson, Skye, and Duncan. As all pet owners will attest, the love of a dog can warm the heart like nothing else can, and Gerrell coveted that love for all it was worth. Yet even more than the love of his Scotties, Gerrell was blessed to be surrounded by a plethora of nieces and nephews three generations deep. Since he had no children of his own, living vicariously through each of them provided Gerrell countless hours of fun and memories, especially Eric (Sonja), Stacey, Rebecca, and Jason (Laura),…the latter of which he was considered more of a Grandpa than an Uncle.

Yet no matter the relationship connection, Gerrell was loved by all for the genuinely sincere gentleman he was to everybody he knew. A man of integrity, a man of his word, and a man who would give you the shirt off his back if he sensed a need. Gerrell was all that,…and a bag of chips! He will be missed immensely by all who were blessed to know him.

Gerrell was the beloved husband of the late Margaret. Dear uncle of Randy (Marylyn), Glenn (Carol), Ann, Lisa, Susie (Michael), Marsha (Craig), Dan (Michelle), Carol, and the late Greg. He is also survived by many loving great nieces & nephews, and great-great nieces & nephews. He also leaves dear friend, Arlene Huck.

Visitation for Gerrell will be held Friday, February 1st from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. His Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, 10:00 am at the funeral home.

Please share memories of Gerrell at his guest book above.