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Troy Eskew Brown

November 19, 1948 - December 30, 2017

The Model City lost an icon on Saturday (12/30) as “Downtown” Troy Eskew Brown passed away. He was 69 years young.

Troy (pictured here at that iconic popcorn popper that’s only slightly more of a landmark than was Troy himself) spent 47 years behind the counter at Wallace’s News on Broad Street. He began working for the original owner, Wallace Crum, in about 1968 while still in high school.

Troy stayed on when Marty Mullins bought Wallace’s in 1975. Marty would own Wallace’s, and would have Troy front-and-center, for the next 40 years until 2015, shortly before current owner Thom Throp bought the landmark establishment.

It’s a common opinion that nobody else knew more of the business history, nor could quote, with such deadly-accurate recall, the 1960s business lineup, of Broad Street than Troy. That is precisely why others referred to him (affectionately, mind you) as “Downtown” Troy Brown.

Troy, you stood behind that counter for almost half a century. Have that big ol’ seat in Heaven, and enjoy all the popcorn you want. You were at Wallace’s News for as far back as anyone can remember, and it’ll take us a LONG time to even imagine (much less accept) downtown Kingsport without you.

Thanks, 2017. You managed to break our hearts one last time.

Farewell, Troy … rest in peace, old friend.

Troy is survived by his two sisters, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, January 6th from noon to 1pm at Trinity’s Downtown Life Celebration Center (Model City Event Center, 201 E Center Street). Wallace News Stand’s iconic popcorn will be served along with light catering. Life Celebration service will follow at 1pm with Pastor Will Shewey officiating as we remember all the fond memories of Troy and how he forever touched so many lives with his kindness.

In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to Shades of Grace UMC.

Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home (423-723-8177) is honored to serve the family.