Condolences for Ulysses Thomas Brown “U.T.”

Claude and Kimberly Crane posted on 1/17/20

My family was blessed in knowing such a great man along with his beautiful wife Yvonne. They were like parents to me. UT was full of wisdom and gave the best advice. We were looking to buy an investment property in Sandbridge, VA. UT and Yvonne owned several properties there so I ask for his advice and he was more than happy to help. We finally found one that we bought and he told me if it didn’t work out he would buy it from me. I was really nervous about it being we were raising our children at the time. We had to renovate the property and get it ready for our first rental. My husband was working on cleaning up the yard of all the debris from the renovation and was on a time line with our first rental coming in. Here comes U.T. in his Lincoln Navigator and he got out of his car and started putting debris and big boulder rocks in his car to help Claude. I will never forget his kindness, wit and love for people and animals. He and Yvonne will always have a special place in my heart. He is now with the Lord and the love of his life Yvonne.


The Parker Cross Family posted on 1/16/20

Wonderful memories of the Browns next door at “Checkmate” .


Charles & Carolyn Videla posted on 1/13/20

To Ivonne: We are so sorry to hear about U.T. Great gentleman, great husband, father, grandfather and former boss at Texaco. We will miss him dearly. Love Carolyn and Charlie


Bruce Murphy posted on 1/13/20

What great memories I have of U.T. from Virginia Beach High School and UVA. U.T. was a man who succeeded at ever endeavor. He was the most successful person at are 10-year high school graduation reunion, arriving in the biggest and fanciest car. Bruce Murphy


Jennifer Keenan posted on 1/13/20 I am so sad to hear this news!


Myron & Carole Boncarosky posted on 1/12/20

My time knowing U.T. goes back to my employment with Texaco Oil Co. in 1967. U.T. was in charge of training which included new sales reps. He later became my immediate supervisor and in time mentor. One of his bits of wisdom was in handling a difficult relationship. He observed and said “Myron you were right in your strong approach; but you will get more with sugar then with bitters”. A true life lesson. UT was a hard worker and extremely competitive but always made it fun with that special twinkle in his eyes. Nothing meant more to him than a good ending and his caring smile. He was kind and considerate of all people and went out of his way to help those in need. Thanks U.T. for all the memories and that special twinkle. A great friend who cared and knew what was really important. Thanks for looking after me. You will always be their in my thoughts.


KMA posted on 1/12/20

Mr. Brown's business is a cornerstone of the Burke/Springfield community. He was clearly a man of high integrity and remarkable generosity. His employees carry on his legacy.


David MacLean posted on 1/11/20

I offer thanks for the life of Ulysses Thomas U.T. Brown. The appearance of of his Shell station was delight as he celebrated holidays and seasons. the courtesy and reliability of his employees and quality of work mad it a pleasure to do business. All this reflected his leadership and concern for the employees and customers.and an example for others. I pray that He will join that "cloud of witnesses" who will inspire us.


Chris Chagnon posted on 1/11/20

I started working at Cardinal Plaza Shell in 1998 when I was 16 years old. I still work there to this day, 21 years later. When I started at CP Shell, UT Brown had taken a step back from the business. UT was more of an ominous figure who would randomly show up. Each and every employee there knew what it meant when "UT was coming to the shop". It meant we had to make sure that the place was in tip top shape, not a shred of garbage to seen, not a smudge on the windows to be had. Simply put, we had to keep the station "standing tall". Over the years, I've only had sparing conversations with UT. Even so, I can say that the man has impacted my life greater than many people who I interact with even on a daily basis. UT built Cardinal Plaza Shell. From a tiny sprawling suburb in Springfield, he built a repair shop and gas station that became engrained in the community. The CP Shell that I chose to work at 21 years ago was the product of UT's hard work, sweat and love. When UT passed, Springfield VA lost a piece of itself. UT's legacy lives on though. As the station that he built, the station that I've had the pleasure of working at over the last 21 years, is ever more the staple of the community. This is a testament to not only UT's vision of a station, but his ability as a father to raise children who share his same unique ability. He has passed down a legacy and Scott and Doug have ensured that his legacy will be sustained in the future. Even though UT has left this earthy plane, he will live on through all that he's touched in his time here. Thank you UT


Charles Abell posted on 1/11/20

I am sorry to receive this news, UT was a remarkable man. My sincere condolences to all of the family. Peace.


Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum posted on 1/11/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Ulysses Thomas Brown, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Marine Veteran, Ulysses Thomas Brown, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Rick Klimkos posted on 1/11/20

A gentleman who will be greatly missed by all who knew him or just had passing acquaintance with him. My prayers and deepest sympathies to his family.



Michael Traynor posted on 1/11/20

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine et Luc perpetua luceat ei Requiescat in pace


David Rubino posted on 1/11/20

As a teenager starting his first job I never could imagine the life lessons I learned from U.T. I learned how to treat people right, run a business and develop a work ethic all while working for him. I’ll never forget he would always say “ It builds character Bubba “ when he wanted you to do something you didn’t want to do. You’d walk through fire for the man. Rest In Peace U.T. My condolences to the Browns.


Mary Turner posted on 1/10/20

I did not know the founder, U.T., but I have been using Cardinal Plaza Shell for years. I have always been impressed with the service and the fantastic personnel who work there. I feel this is a reflection on what a great person he must have been. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as well as the Cardinal Plaza .Shell employees.


Thomas Gibson Sr posted on 1/10/20

UT was one of a kind. So glad I got to work for him. He would do things that would make you laugh so hard. God Speed UT.


Karla Addess posted on 1/10/20

I did not know him personally but I love Cardinal Plaza Shell and trust them like no other station. They have been and always be my station. RIP Mr. Brown - you did good!


Mary posted on 1/10/20

To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that soon God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4) May this promise give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathies.


Kat Weir posted on 1/10/20

UT came into my life when I was 19. The father of my best friend. He and Yvonne were a second set of parents to me. “Our friends are our chosen family” was painted on a gift Kim and UT made for me which I treasured. He was a great human being. A smart, generous, strong willed, witty man with a love for animals. He created laughter wherever he went, and I do mean wherever LOL. Affectionately called Bubba by many, he was quite the character. A one of a kind that will be sorely missed. Until we meet again. RIP. ❤️


Deborah Stephan Foster, Tim and Jacob Foster posted on 1/10/20

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. He was a great man.


CJ Johnson posted on 1/10/20

Kim, it was such an honor to spend time with your father, In in his last hours I knew he was a man of greatness and with honors. The reflection of his life shows in his family with great love. Now his Celebration begins, he is with our Heavenly Father . Hallelujah!


Ed MatthewsMatthews posted on 1/10/20

My condolences to the Brown family..R.I.P. UT,your wit will never be forgotten..