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Pat Brown

March 14, 1941 — December 2, 2022

Our community sadly lost a Jackson icon on Friday, December 2, 2022 when Patricia Brown, favorably known as “Miss Pat” passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with her five children by her side. Patricia Brown was born in Hartford Connecticut on March 14, 1941. The family moved to Watertown, NY in her teens. Early in her marriage, she moved to Jackson, TN when her husband got a job at Rockwell in the 1960’s. She lived out the rest of her life in Jackson, a city which she loved.

Miss Pat was the owner of Pat Brown School of Dancing which instilled a passion for dance and invaluable life lessons in the youth of our community from its founding in 1964. Through the years, she had branch studios located in Henderson, Dyersburg, Newbern, Trenton, Bruceton, Huntington, Savannah, Milan and Corinth, MS bringing quality dance education to thousands of children. Her students have gone on to receive college scholarships, dance professionally in ballet companies all over the world, perform on Broadway and start dance studios of their own. In 1972 she co-founded Ballet Arts along with the late Jackie Ralls. Ballet Arts Inc. has performed professional quality, full length ballets such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia; original productions such as Dorothy in the Emerald City, Peter Pan, Classical Jackson and Sweet Lips and brought world renown professional dancers to Jackson to perform in these productions. The company made up of mostly school age members is a rare treasure for a city the size of Jackson. Ballet Arts has the distinction of being the only company in all of Tennessee to present The Nutcracker for forty consecutive years with the forty-first performance being this weekend at the Jackson Civic Center.

Miss Pat’s additional accomplishments include opening Special Occasions, a dancewear/gift shop in 1981 which included balloon deliveries and singing telegrams. The shop added additional offerings of trophy/plaque engraving and costume rentals in later years. She was a member of the Coalition Steering Committee of the Jackson Arts Council; President of the Tennessee Association of Dance - 1988; awarded Dance Teacher of the Year from TAD - 1999; Appointee to the Tennessee Arts Commission to allocate funding for dance; Choreographer - Lambuth College Musical Theater department 1965-1975; Choreographer – Jackson Theater Guild 1965-1980; Jackson Arts Council board member 1970-1975; selected for an Outstanding Teacher Award by The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts; recipient of The Sterling Award for Most Influential Women in West Tennessee in 2012 and The West Tennessee Health Care Foundation Jackson Award for the Arts in 2014. December 14, 2019, was declared Pat Brown Day in the city of Jackson and she was given the Key to the City by Mayor Gist and Mayor Harris. She always said her greatest achievement was successfully raising her five children alone.

Surviving are her five children, Scott Brown of Jackson, Todd Brown (Michelle) of Memphis, Kim Turner (Eric) of Jackson, Tami Stanfield (Joe) of Borden, IN, and Kevin Brown (Patsy) of Greenwood, MS; ten grandchildren, Morgan Sims, Clayton Brown, Michael Turner, Melissa Turner, Jeremy Stanfield, Drake Stanfield, Ryan Jones, Patricia Stanfield, Garrett Brown and Mary Helen Brown; her three great grandchildren, Ruthie Turner, Ryleigh Turner and Mason Jones; one brother, Kenneth Shean (Judy) of Watertown, NY; two sisters, Marilynn Hibbard of Brownville, NY and Barbara Sheen of Watertown, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Francis and Florence Beaulieu Shean and her sister, Lorraine Carol Shean all of Watertown, NY; her brother V. Thomas Sheen, of Wilson, NC.

SERVICES: A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 16, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Ridgecrest Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Arrington Funeral Directors and again on Friday, December 16, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church prior to the Mass.

A Celebration of Life will be held 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Pat Brown’s School of Dancing, 188 Commerce Center Circle, Jackson, TN 38301.

Pallbearers serving will be Pat’s grandsons, Jeremy Stanfield, Drake Stanfield, Ryan Jones, Michael Turner, Garrett Brown and Clayton Brown.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations be made to Ballet Arts of Jackson, 188 Commerce Center Circle, Jackson, TN 38301 or online at in Miss Pat’s honor.

Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38305
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Thursday, December 15, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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1665 US-45 BYP, Jackson, TN 38305

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