Reginald C. Brown, Jr. was born February 16, 1940, in Sumter, SC, to parents Reginald C. Brown, Sr. and Louvenia Thames Brown. In 1958, he graduated from McClenaghan High School in Florence, SC. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina in 1962; received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1965; and received his LL.M. in labor law from Yale University in 1966. While at the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Fraternity, Order of Wig and Robe, Blue Key, vice president of the student body from 1965 to 1966 and member of the editorial board of the S.C. Law Review in 1965.
Brown was admitted to practice law in 1965. Upon his return from receiving a Master’s Degree in labor law at Yale University, he joined The Hyman Law Firm in 1966 and practiced continuously with the firm until his health failed. He was also the city prosecutor for the City Municipal Court from 1973 to 1985 and an instructor of business law at the University of South Carolina in Florence (presently known as Francis Marion University) from 1966 to 1969.
Brown was a member of the Florence County Bar Association, serving as president in 1992; American Bar Association; S.C. Bar, including chair of the Insurance, Negligence and Workers’ Compensation sections from 1979 to 1980; S.C. Trial Lawyers Association, serving on the board of directors and executive committee from 1973 to 1978; American Association for Justice; Southern Trial Lawyers Association; and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Reginald C. Brown, Jr. died on December 9, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Edie W. Brown; two children, Julia E. Brown and Reginald A. Brown (daughter-in-law, Jean); three stepchildren, James M. Hodges, Jr., Candace H. Stone (son-in-law, Jeff) and F. Chisolm Beckham (daughter-in-law, Katy); two grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.