He was born on August 22, 1951, to the late Harvey Oscar Brower and Jessie Griffin Milligan in Monroe, Michigan.
Survivors include his stepfather, Glenn Milligan of Siler City; partner, Susan Sloan of Siler City; two sisters, Debbie (and Doug) Pugh of Silk Hope and Connie (and Todd) Fox of Liberty; one brother, Steve Brower of Staley; step-daughters, Holly Kozelsky of Martinsville, Virginia, and Mara (and Richard) Hunter of Fairhope, Alabama, daughters of his late longtime partner, Antoinette “Toni” Till; granddaughter, Mary Evelyn Quirk of Martinsville; nieces and nephews; and a good neighbor and friend, Jim Wellman.
He was a graduate of Southern Alamance High School. His wide range of skills were deployed in the printing trade, plumbing, automotive and body work, housebuilding and property management. In the early 1990s he ran Goob’s service station and convenience store in Staley, and in recent years he has been a locksmith.
He was known for a sharp wit and dry sense of humor. He was a skilled artist including with sketching and painting. He had a keen mind and could get to the bottom of any mechanical issue. He was a quiet genius who provided invaluable guidance and comfort to his loved ones. He was protective, which earned him the saying “don’t mess with his girls.”
His many friends and the people who he has touched through the years are invited to join the family in a reception honoring his memory at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, in the banquet room of Best Food Cafeteria in Siler City.