First mayor of Kannapolis dies

Bachman Brown Jr., who was instrumental in the incorporation of the City of Kannapolis in the early 1980s and served as its first mayor, died Sunday at Tucker Hospice House. He was 88.

Brown was a well-known attorney who served as chairman of the Charter Commission, which worked to navigate the process of becoming an incorporated city of North Carolina.

After Kannapolis transitioned from community to city, Brown served as its first mayor from 1985 to 1993, according to a news release by the city on Tuesday.

Brown also served as chairman of the Cabarrus County Elections Board and president of the United Way. He also volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, Jaycees, American Red Cross and the Arts Council. He was an active member of Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church.

“The people of Kannapolis owe Mr. Brown a debt of gratitude for the many hours of service he gave to so many organizations,” Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant said. “He worked tirelessly to shepherd Kannapolis through a difficult time as we moved from a community to a city.

“We offer our condolences to his wife, Mabel; his children, Sarah and Robert, and his grandchildren.”

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, with burial in Carolina Memorial Park, according to a notice in the Salisbury Post. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Whitley’s Funeral Home.

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