Obituary of James Franklin Brown
The Obituary of Reverend James Franklin Brown
Rev. James Franklin Brown (Bro) was born March 26, 1950 in Newberry S.C to the late Georgia Mae and Willie Thomas Brown. He later moved to Kinards, S.C and was raised by his grandmother, Miss Janie Ray. Rev. James departed his life on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Rev. James attended public schools in Joanna, S.C. and moved to New York in 1967 at an early age.
Over the years, Rev. James was employed for various companies: Marino, as a machine operator; Oil Rig as a ship sand blaster; Coca Cola; Pepsi; Overnight, and Men on the Move until his health declined.
On November 10, 1984, James married his flower, Rosa Lee Brown and took her one and only son, Kevin Brown, as his own. James and Rosa resided in East Meadow, N.Y. Rev. James was a devoted father to Kevin and devoted grandfather to Kyron Brown. He made sure his grandson had the best.
Throughout their marriage, James and Rosa dedicated their life to the work of the Lord. In 1998, Rosa was ordained as an Evangelist and James was ordained as a Deacon, under the leadership of Dr. Pearl Marie Brown of Unity Pentecostal Church of God, in Hempstead, NY. In 2002, James was elevated in the gospel and was ordained as Reverend James Brown, under the leadership of Bishop James at Bethel of Light of the World Holiness Church in St. Albans, N.Y.
While doing the work of the Lord, Rev. James seen the hands of the Lord on his life. He was a two-time cancer survivor, while battling kidney and heart failure. During his afflictions, Rev James never wavered in his faith that God was a healer. He told his testimony everywhere he went.
Rev. James was an outgoing person. He loved to dress and wear fine jewelry. He loved singing quartet and didn’t mind singing for the Lord. Rev James made an album with his long-time friend, Johnny Washington, called the “Good Samaritans”. Rev James is best known for his singles, “Have You Been Tried in The Fire”, “Sweeter Than the Day”, and “I am Redeemed”.
Rev. James was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Rosa Brown; his parents Georgia and Willie Brown; his sister Nutrica Rice; his brothers Willie Brown and Johnny Brown; brothers-in-law: Handy Brown Jr., Willie Brown Sr., Charlie Brown, and Sonny Brown; three sisters-in-law: Louise Sellers, Dr. Pearl Marie Brown and Deborah Brown.
He leaves to cherish his fond memories: His son Kevin Brown; grandson Kyron Brown; Three sisters: Thomasina (Thomas) Higgins, Vivian (Willis) Butler, and Janice Rhodes; One brother Tommy Brown; Two brothers-in-law: Richard (Joyce) Brown, James (Susan) Brown; Nine sisters-in-law: Margret (Horace) Sellers, Virginia (Chester) Ashe, Thelma (Lee) Tyson, Dora (late Howard) Evans, Ethel Brown, Minnie Hailey, Veronica Brown, Anna Brown, and Maggie Brown. He also leaves to cherish his memory, extended family members; two brothers: Adoff (Lois) Ford, and Clarence Ford, three God-children: Valonte Hailey, Jonathan Thompson, and Asia Redford; Close friends: Miss Jessie Pearl Kinard, Johnny Washington, Robert Square (Linda) Aikens and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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In Loving Memory
1950 - 2022
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