March 27, 2013

Mary Frances Rivers Pinson Brown

— Mrs. Mary Frances Rivers Pinson Brown, 76, of Dalton, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at her residence with her family at her side.

She was employed by the Durham Public Schools System and as a Durham County agricultural extension agent. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Dalton, a member of Church Women United, and a founding member of Abiding Savior Lutheran in Durham, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her father, the Rev. Curtis Rivers Sr.; brother, Ray F. Betton; and first husband, Thomas F. Pinson Sr.

Survivors are her husband, Robert L. Brown Jr.; children, Thomas F. (Marian) Pinson Jr. of Dalton, Mary Cecelia (Larry) Hall of Durham, N.C., Verna (Myron) Lewandowski of Sharpsburg and Lisha Williams of Dalton; mother, Eva Lou Rivers of Dalton; sisters, Claudette (Thomas) Rivers King of Atlanta and Teresa (Frank) Ray of Dalton; brothers, Curtis (Patricia) Rivers Jr. of Dalton, Robert (Helen) Rivers of Fort Oglethorpe and David (Ollie) Betton of Decatur; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; special aunt, Mary Betton; uncle, Jimmy Lee Cooper; sister-in-law, Myrtle Betton of Tucson, Ariz.; brother-in-law, W.C. White of Cartersville; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Kenneth Scaife and other ministers officiating.

Her remains will lie on Friday after 11 a.m.

The family will receive friends Friday at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m.

Interment will be in the West Hill Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family and sign the online guestbook at

Arrangements are by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton.