Charlie Brown III

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This article is about the industrialist and civic booster. For others with similar names see Charles Brown (disambiguation).

Charles George Brown III (born November 27, 1953 in Chattanooga, Tennessee; died June 3, 2018 in Birmingham) was the president and CEO of the Tubular Products Company. He also worked as a part-time disc jockey, and as a volunteer and civic booster.

Brown was the son of Charles George Jr and Jeannie Barfield Brown, who moved to Birmingham when he was a toddler. He was in a rock band called "Disciples of the Revolution" as a teenager, and graduated from Berry High School in 1972. While attending the University of Alabama he worked summers as a radio disc jockey in Birmingham. He completed his bachelor of science in public relations and communications in 1977 and began working in sales. In his 20s he worked as a weekend overnight DJ for Kicks 106 and also began volunteering for Crisis Center Birmingham, where he later served as board president and helped establish a Sexual Assault Nurse Awareness Program and the Crisis Center Endowment Fund.

Soon he joined his father's Tubular Products Company in Pinson Valley and succeeded him as president and CEO. He continued to contribute to civic projects such as the McWane Science Center, the Vulcan Park Foundation, and the restoration of the Lyric Theatre. He served as chair of the board for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for two years. In 2006 he and Tom Cosby co-produced "The Magic City Rocks", a two-disc compilation album of Birmingham rock bands which raised funds for the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.

After retiring from business, Brown enrolled in music production classes at Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee. He died in June 2018. He was survived by his two daughters and two grandchildren. His funeral services were held in the Lyric Theatre.

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