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Kathy Brown named Elgin Citizen of the Year

Posted: November 29, 2013 5:35 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Kathy Brown is the 2013 Elgin Citizen of the Year. The town named Brown its citizen of the year at its Christmas Dinner held the weekend of Nov. 23. Her closest friends and family managed to keep it from her until the moment it was announced at the dinner.

“I was totally surprised, I had no idea.” Brown said on being honored.

Brown was born and raised in Blaney -- what Elgin was called at the time -- and lives there with her husband of 45 years, Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown. The Browns have five children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Brown’s involvement in her community over her lifetime hasn’t gone unnoticed by fellow town citizens.

“Kathy will do for anybody, anytime, anywhere if they are in need. She has a heart as big as Texas and that is a rare commodity nowadays,” Elgin Town Clerk Beth Hyman wrote on her nomination form for Brown.

Brown, who works at the First Citizens Bank in Elgin, serves as a victim’s advocate for the Elgin Police Department and is involved with different service programs in Elgin such as Elgin’s “Toy Round Up” program.

“We have a lot of children who we know won’t get toys at Christmas without help. People donate new toys and we raise money all year,” Brown said about the Toy Round Up, and expressing excitement that a Christmas meal is now provided for families touched by the program.

As a victim advocate, Brown provides emotional and legal support for those who are victims of a crime.

“When a person has had a crime committed against them … I let them know their rights and responsibilities,” said Brown, who has been a victims advocate for approximately 18 years.

She used vacation time from her job to get certified at the University of South Carolina.

A large part of Brown’s life in Elgin includes serving with her husband.

“Harold and I work together for just about everything … we help each other,” Brown said.

She said she particularly enjoys visiting elderly community members with her husband during the Christmas holidays.

“We just want them to know they’re not forgotten,” Brown said.

Brown is also involved in helping with Elgin’s Podunk festival and the Elgin Catfish Stomp and is a kindergarten Sunday school teacher at Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church.

“It’s easy to help people in the town where you live. If you see someone with a need and you can help, you should,” she said about serving others.

Brown credits her parents, John L. and Kate Moak, for instilling those values in her and her siblings.

“That’s the way I was taught … to share and help people,” Brown said.

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