Fred "Steve" Brown

  • Born: May 17, 1947
  • Died: November 17, 2020
  • Location: Glen Alpine, North Carolina

Heritage Funeral Service

1507 E. Main Street
Valdese, NC 28690
Tel. (828) 874-0411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mr. Fred Stephen "Steve" Brown, 73, of Glen Alpine, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Mission Hospital McDowell.
Steve was born May 17, 1947 in Valdese, a son of the late Norman and Faye Hughes Brown. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, David Lee Brown and nephew, Aaron Lee Brown.
After his years serving in the US Army from 1966-1974, most of his career was spent as a truck driver and he retired from PCA as a dispatcher. Steve held great interest in many things such as his love for music, camping, his dogs, discovering new destinations on his motorcycles, and diving into all things history. Steve never met a stranger and left a lasting impression with everyone he encountered. He had a deep love for his family whom he thoroughly enjoyed spending time and going on many adventures with.
Steve is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karen Rostan Brown, daughters, Stephanie "Leroy" Brown Carroll, Shannon "Bertha" Brown Clark and husband Doc "Holiday", Sasha "Amber" Brown Freeman and husband Justin "Ishnay"; grandchildren, Cody "Elvis" Houston and wife Amber "Ashley", Corey "Maddawg" Houston, Kelsey "Kell Brown" Culp, Kala "Lil boy" Culp, Carter "Freebird" Freeman, Chesnie "Baby" Freeman, Camlin "Mousey" Freeman, Ariel "Earl" Clark, Coty "Bond" Clark and wife Stacey; great-grandchildren, Calen "Curley" Clark, Finley "Friendly" Clark, and Crew "Smiley" Clark. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Sharon Brown, brother-in-law, Alan Rostan and wife, Rita, sister-in-law, Susan Harrell and husband John; numerous special nieces and nephews; and two fur babies, Callie Alabama and Blue boy.
A receiving of friends will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
Memorials may be made to A Touch of Grace at 1371 Piedmont Rd. Morganton, NC 28655
An online guestbook and obituary is available at
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sending love and prayers to Karen and the Brown family.

Posted by Janice Hutchison - Sarasota, FL - Friend   December 04, 2020

Sending sincere condolences for your family ... Franklin Dale

Posted by Franklin Dale - Morganton, NC   November 25, 2020

I just learned of Steve's passing. I am so sorry for the family! I have so many fond memories of riding bikes with Steve. I know he will be missed severely by all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Keith Lawson - Morganton, NC - Friend   November 24, 2020

My Condolences To The Family

Posted by Michele Patterson - Pensacola, FL - Friend   November 22, 2020

Sasha and I grew up together & I can't imagine the hole that this has left in her life & the life of her children. She loved her Dad & he loved her. My favorite memory of Steve, was at Sasha's wedding. I saw the love & the pride he felt for her that day. He loved his family especially his grandbabies & he will be missed immensely. My prayers to all.

Posted by Misty Simmons - Morganton, NC - Friend   November 21, 2020

I do not know where to begin. Steve and I grew up together and we had some fun times in his first car, an orange 58 Chevrolet Bel Aire 348 4 speed and my 57 Ford. We rode all over Burke County burning rubber. I remember the time that Steve, Ben Bradshaw and I took his dad's 47 Chevy convertible on High Peak road and we ran it off the road and almost turned over. I will never forget the time he called me saying he was a state trooper and had me scared to death. He always had my back and I had his. He has been a lifelong friend. I sure will miss him.

Jimmy Donald

Posted by Jimmy Donald - Connelly Springs, KS - Friend   November 21, 2020

Ride free on the wind

Posted by Tom Perry    November 21, 2020

Sweet Sasha and family,
I am so, so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I will always remember him pulling up in your yard on his motor cycle (usually when the kids were napping and you had the STOP on the front door); watching him ride Carter on the tractor; him and Larry shooting the breeze on our porch; but I think the best was when he got Freebird to climb the tree in the front yard and he said, "I want to see if he bounces." Ha ha ha. Then there was the day I cut my motorcycle a bit short cutting in to our yard but went into your yard and drove right through your new gravel walk way, throwing gravel every where. I hurried to get it all raked back into place before Justin got home. I no sooner got straight and back into my yard when Steve rode in from the other direction and did exactly the same thing and pretty much saying the same thing I did!
I send you all lots of big hugs and love you,

Posted by Belle Good Ross - Morganton, NC - Family Friend   November 20, 2020

I cannot begin to imagine what my teenage years would have been with out this man's involvement. From learning appreciation for music that I had never heard before Def Leppard Bob Seger and others down to being stuck in mud holes in a dune buggy at the river. He was such an exciting full of life person and one heck of a truck driver. You see I spent so many weekends at his house with my life's long best friend, one of his daughters shannon which he called Bertha. He was a strict dad but fun to hangout with. He was unpredictable a lot of times but always providing adventure. He will missed by so many and loved by me for the rest of my days. I hope heaven has a "do rag" with your name on it.

Posted by Robin Daves Stephenson - Morganton, NC - Family Friend   November 19, 2020

I'm so very sorry at the of
Ur Father.Remember my sweet
Friend that u will see him again.

Posted by Linda Greer - Morganton, NC - Friend   November 19, 2020

We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tammy Fulford - Weaverville, NC - Friend   November 19, 2020

How very sad to lose a longtime friend. Steve and I graduated together from VHS. Although I haven't seen Steve in a very long time, I treasure the memories from days gone by. To his family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. (Valdese High School Class of 1965)

Posted by Brenda P. Shuping - Valdese, NC - Friend   November 19, 2020

I love how Steve had a nickname for everyone, mine was " Bread" or "Bread woman". His love for the open road and adventure was apparent. His love for his family was even more apparent. He was rough and tough, but you knew he cared. We will all miss his larger than life self, smile and laugh. Many blessings to the family.

Posted by MARITTA FREEMAN - Granite Falls, NC - Family   November 19, 2020

Sending my thoughts, love and prayers to the family.

Posted by Sonia Kirchharr - Pensacola, FL - Friend   November 19, 2020

Steve drove me to my chemo treatments back in the summer of 2008. Once, we even went on his motorcycle! The nurses weren't too happy about that! He will be missed!

Posted by Jodi Fisher - Morganton, NC - Friend   November 19, 2020

Always enjoyed having steve as a customer at quality plus.he always had a kind word and was a nice guy.

Posted by Tracy Johnson - Morganton, NC - Acquaintance   November 18, 2020