Coach Nile Edward Brown from Excelsior Springs, MO, passed in his sleep on July 27, 2019. He was born August 17, 1943, to Nilmarth and Margaret (Musick) Brown. He graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1961 and from University of Central Missouri in 1966.
In Excelsior Springs, Nile taught elementary physical education and history in grades 8-12. He also spent eight years at St. Mary’s High School in Independence where he taught history and was Dean of Students.
During his lifetime, Nile coached youth baseball and many secondary sports teams: football, track, baseball, men’s and woman’s basketball, and wrestling. He was one of the football coaches for the Excelsior Springs State Champion teams of 1994 and 1996.
Preceding him in death his father, Nilmarth T. Brown; grandparents, Frank and Pauline Brown; and grandparents, Walter and Essie Musick.
Nile leaves behind his family, wife, Gail Carr Brown; son, Aaron Brown (wife Karla, children Alec, Tyler, and Shelby and great-granddaughter, Piper, all of Oak Grove, MO); daughter, Amy Brown McCubbin (husband Ron, children Abigail and Jacob, all of Blue Springs, MO). Nile also leaves behind his mother, Margaret Brown of Excelsior Springs, MO; his brother, Sam Brown and wife Cindy, Liberty, MO, and their children, Maggie and Mack; and his cousin, Terry Smelcer of Lawson, MO.
Nile was first and foremost a coach and an Excelsior Tiger. The family would like those attending services to feel free to wear black and/or gold, or even ES Tiger shirts.
Visitation will be Friday, August 2, form 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bross and Spidle Funeral Home, 217 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO.
Funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1503 Tracy, Excelsior Springs, MO. Donations to Alzheimer’s Association or to the Gregg Williams Foundation (supporting Excelsior Springs youth).
Our Sincere Condolences
I am lost for words. I am so sorry… he was a football and wrestling coach for us when I was in high school, then when I started teaching in Excelsior, he took me under his wing and demonstrated how coaching happens. He lead by example. He was always so proud of his family, the accomplishments/achievements that some people knew of and many that went unsung. Gail, he told me about the times that you helped players get their letter jackets. Three years we drove that rickety equipment van that was held together with duct tape to away games… holy cow… that was so much fun and a great learning experience. My son Nathan will miss running errands for him during football games. Coach always made Nathan believe he was a valuable part of the team, even if it was only getting him: nachos, hot dogs, and coffee. I can remember him at least 2-3 times a season during our JV games, that he would have ref’s reverse their calls, because he would quote the parts they screwed up, and then show them. I was always amazed by that process, never seen any other coach with the big family jewels to do that with a ref. I am so sorry, there was this time, he prevented me from throwing this kid and his dad from Liberty off the top of the press box at the Roosevelt field. Then he had a couple of words for the dad too. When I think of coach, I smile, he was a great guy, who thought of the players.
Sam, so sorry for your loss.
So sorry to hear this, he was such a great coach and teacher.
My sincere sympathy at the loss of your husband, Nile. I lost my husband, Mike Bell, in 2000 and I can imagine the loss you are feeling. God bless you and your family as you begin this new journey in life without Nile.
Annette (Clevenger/Bell) Voelter