And when Barbara became ill and subsequently died, their adopted hometown wrapped its collective arms around Brown, sealing his conviction that the south Mobile County town was exactly where he wanted to stay and continue to help make things even better for the people he cared about.
Brown is a board member for Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, whose civic activities include presenting the annual Grand Bay Christmas in the Country Weekend with numerous facets--Business Open House, Mr. And Miss Grand Bay, live community Christmas tree, arts and crafts. Also included that weekend is what is billed as the state's largest lighted Christmas Parade, seen by thousands of area residents.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay also organizes Heritage Day every other year, Food Boxes for those in need, Meals on Wheels for the homebound, and one Brown's favorites, the senior program that brings activities and a midday meal to senior citizens 5 days a week. Brown said, "When I visit them, they make me feel like a rock star."
Brown said that the seniors use the Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., then from 1-4 p.m., the Center is open to the community to use the up-to-date technology or to be rented out for special events or activities.
CBGB presents a Community Omelet and Breakfast Buffet at the Senior and Community Center on the last Saturday each month except for some holidays. Proceeds go toward renovation of the century-old State Bank into a library and museum, and other projects. Brown is the primary omelet chef, cooking to his customers' preferences.
Brown is a member of the fairly new Compassionate Care Team of Grand Bay, which, under the auspices of CBGB, has combined the resources of several churches and other non-profit organizations to bring the best services to community members. (Call 865-7604 for more information on the Compassionate Care Team.)
One of Brown's most recent volunteer activities is to write a newsletter, "Your Neighbors," featuring "important people in the community," he said. The column will run in The Connection, a Grand Bay area newspaper, and on Brown's Facebook page. The monthly piece will help raise awareness in the community of those among them who are making a positive difference in the lives of their neighbors, just as Kimon Brown has.