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Eloise "Kat" Brown

June 9, 1945 - May 21, 2020
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Eloise "Kat" Bishop Brown, 74, died Thursday, May 21, 2020. Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Bishop and Nan Bishop Pate. Ms. Brown was of Baptist faith and loved the beach. In addition to her partner, Ron Howell, Kat is survived by her sons, Leonard Brown, Jr. (Linda), andContinue Reading

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Michael Shain left a message on June 8, 2020:
I worked with Kat at JC Bradford. She was a good person. I am glad that I got to know her. I know that she will be missed.
Susan D'Amato left a message on June 6, 2020:
I had the great pleasure of working with Kat in the 1990s, and it was a joy to continue seeing her around campus for many years afterward.  She was the perfect example of the "steel magnolia" -- full of charm and laughter, but also strong in standing up for others and in advocating for what was right.  I feel so fortunate to have been her friend.  I send love and sympathy to all her family, whom she adored, and especially to her niece, my friend and former student Sydney D.
Jamarcus Gaston left a message on May 31, 2020:
Ms. Kat was simply the best. During my time at Furman, I relied on her sense of humor draped in the perfect hint of maternal love. She kept you in line, but always kept rooting for you. I am a better man because of the time she was in my life. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Ms. Kat’s entire family.
Debbie Blair left a message on May 28, 2020:
Thinking of Aunt Eloise and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers . For Eloise, Fred Bishop and Family made a donation to the American Heart Association in your honor. One of my fondest memories of Aunt Eloise was going to the beach with her, Leonard ,Pistol, Ronnie and Jennifer for a week when I was 17 years old, we had a blast that week, I wish I had gotten a chance to do it again. I love you Aunt Eloise and miss you very much️
Michelle Shaw left a message on May 28, 2020:
Kat was a colleague and friend of mine at Furman. She definitely adored her family and talked about them all the time. I was glad to have the opportunity to know her and it made my heart smile to see pictures on Facebook of her enjoying life near the beach in retirement. To her family, I send my deepest sympathies and prayers for comfort. 
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Debbie Blair left a message on May 28, 2020:
I love you Aunt Eloise and miss you very much️
Victoria Turgeon left a message on May 27, 2020:
Kat was a sassy, genuine woman who always never let you know guess what she was thinking.  She was a fierce defender of her friends and always knew how to make me smile.  I will miss her awesome sense of humor and amazing laugh.  
Stanley Crowe left a message on May 27, 2020:
I had many chats with Kat over the years we overlapped at Furman.  Hers was a friendly face I was always happy to see.  My condolences to her friends and family.
Nina Anthony left a message on May 27, 2020:
Kat, I will miss you. I always smiled when I saw you. We’ve had many laughs and also serious talks. I still can’t believe that you are gone. I was so happy when you got to move to the beach. I know you were too. I love you, Kat. I’m blessed to have had you as a friend.
Margaret Oakes left a message on May 27, 2020:
Kat was fun, funny, and kept all of us in line -- so organized and professional all the time. It was a sad day for Furman when she finally retired (and stopped coming back to fill in where she was desperately needed). I will miss her a great deal. Leonard, Ronnie, and Jennifer, my deep condolences.
John Beckford, former VPAA and Dean left a message on May 27, 2020:
During her years at Furman, Kat earned a reputation for being able to "do it all."  In addition to providing steadfast and competent assistance in the Department of Communication Studies, subsequent to her "retirement," she was brought back numerous times to fill absences in a variety of departments.  She was always a no nonsense person who was respected and sometimes feared by our faculty - which was actually a good thing!  She never saw a challenge too big and found ways to transcend the B.S. to help all of us to better cope with any situation.  I have many fond memories. 
James Patton left a message on May 27, 2020:
Kat was such a joy to have around at work. She would come by with a quick story or a joke, and always left us with a smile. Even after she retired, and would fill in for an odd job, she always stopped by the desk to share a laugh. I was always impressed with the work she did as an advocate as well. So much time, effort, and emotion invested to help speak for those without a voice. Kat was a special person who will be truly missed.
Giselle Williams left a message on May 27, 2020:
Kat and I had some great times at Furman. We gave each other a hard time all in fun. We laughed alot and would walk some around the campus.  If you had the pleasure of knowing and spending time with Kat then you were honored. I had this pleasure and I feel so blessed. 
Kat you are Home and still happy. See you again one day. 
Gil Einstein left a message on May 27, 2020:
She was fun, she had a great sense of humor, and she brought joy and light to everyone's day.  I don't like thinking of a world without her in it.
Eileen Piccoli left a message on May 27, 2020:
Kat was my neighbor and friend when she lived in Brookridge Hills. She had the energy of a twenty year old, a quick wit, and a great smile. It’s so sad that she’s gone, but she will never be forgotten.
Bobby Tipton left a message on May 26, 2020:
Kat was a special part of our family. She and Ron were the perfect couple️️
Brandon Inabinet left a message on May 26, 2020:
Ms. Kat was a hoot and a half. She welcomed us stealing her Tom Jones "What's Up Pussy Cat?" tapes for a daily sing-along in the Communication Studies office when I was a student summer researcher. Always telling us some fun story about what Ron or the kids were up to; what she planned to do at the beach; or shake her head about the new "electronic system" at Furman (that never worked). So sad she will not be with us any more in person; her laugh still fills our souls.
Brenda left a message on May 26, 2020:
My beautiful Aunt Eloise was the most beautiful loving lady I have ever known. My heart is broken and will take a long time to heal. She would always have you laughing so hard. Especially stories about her and Ron. Her children are beautiful caring children that she loved so very much. Her children and grandchildren was her heart. I remember all the Easters at Mom's house every year. Eloise and Uncle Leonard and all the kids came and had a blast. I loved her and I still love her. Ron thank you for loving and taking care of her. We love you very much also. 
Diane Long left a message on May 26, 2020:
Kat was such an awesome friend. She was a very giving friend with an awesome sense of humor. I remember if I had a bad day at work (and there were many) she would always come by and encourage me and uplift my spirits. She always made me laugh. We shared a love of reading and she shared many of her books with me as she was a member of a book club and received loads of books. I will miss my sweet friend very much. Heaven just gained a good one. Until we meet again... ️️️Much love.
Ella Jones left a message on May 26, 2020:
As a teenage girl I spent many a Friday evening with Ruth and Eloise. Ruth and I had so much fun enjoying the Brown family. We often went to the Carolina for “pink ladies”. I was blessed to have been part of Kat’s life. I am praying for this family.
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