One Of Lebanon’s Biggest Benefactors Passes

One of Lebanon’s biggest benefactors has passed.  84-year-old Charles E. Brown passed away Monday in Columbia.
Brown was President and CEO of Missouri Eagle (an Anheuser-Busch distributing company) for many years in Lebanon.   Brown spearheaded and funded numerous projects to benefit the youth of the Lebanon community. Charlie said “If the phone rings and someone has a project for youth athletics, I’m in,” he said “I don’t want credit for the philanthropic things, but I get tremendous satisfaction seeing the kids enjoy them”.

Charlie was born in August of 1939 in Springfield, in a 2021 article published by Affinity Wealth Partners Brown said as an only child, he was starved for attention and would often stay at the homes of friendly neighbors until he was politely asked to leave. He affectionately called himself the “neighborhood rat.”

Brown was only the second person to be honored with the President’s Award at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.  A graduate of Lebanon High School and the University of Missouri, Brown had long been active in sports around Missouri.  He served as the district and national chairman for Mizzou’s Tiger Scholarship Fund and served a ten-year term on the University of Missouri Alumni Athletic Committee. His leadership was key in bringing the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series to Lebanon.  He is a member of the Southwest Missouri Officials Hall of Fame and had been an active supporter of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for nearly 20 years, serving on both the Governing and Advisory Boards.  

Mr. Brown joined his father’s company, The Charles E. Brown Beverage Company in Lebanon, which distributed Anheuser Busch Products around the area in 1962. He said, “When I joined the company in 1962, I was obsessed with customer service.”

The Charles E. Brown Beverage Company eventually was renamed Missouri Eagle and was honored to be named the #1 distributor in America, receiving the prestigious Anheuser-Busch Ambassadors of Excellence award.

Brown attributed his longevity to, of course, Budweiser.

Charlie is survived by two sons, Ed and Brad Brown, and one daughter, Barbara Perry, of the Kansas City area.  A number of grandchildren also survive.