James Robert Brown, Sr. was affectionately known by some as JB and by Maryland family as Bobby. He was born on February 3, 1941, in Washington, DC. Under the care of family and friends, his battle with lung cancer took his life on June 22, 2021.
James is preceded in death by his beloved wife Shirley Elaine Williams Brown, his son James R. Brown, Jr., his father Joseph Alphonso Brown, his mother Marguerite Agnes Fletcher, and his brother-in-law Bernie Brooks.
He is survived by a large family: his son Eric (Maria) Brown of Elizabethtown, KY, his daughter Robin Ayers of Bowling Green, KY, and his son Jeffrey Brown of Houston, TX; his sister Elaine Brooks of Maryland, his brother Joseph “Cowboy” Brown (Delcie) of Maryland, his grandchildren Nicole (Eric), Natasha, Eric (Hannah), James, Cliffton, Tyrone, Joseph, Perry, Sara, Dontae, Lavell, Kasey, and Lindsay; his nieces and nephews, Pam Brown, Terrance Brown, Michael (Dawn) Brown, Karen (Kirk) Wilson, Marvin (Phenne) Brooks, Martin (Angie) Brooks, Marlon Brooks, and Valerie Williams. He is also survived by a host of great-grandchildren and great nieces and nephews.
James Brown was a devoted soldier and military man. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He served in the Army for 23 years. He was 82nd Airborne and once a member of Special Forces. He was a career soldier and veteran that proudly served his country with honor and pride.
Upon retirement from the Army, he opened Dr. Par’s Golf Repair in Radcliff, KY, but since he was not ready to put the clubs away, he closed the shop and continue to work on Fort Knox as an electrical engineer until 1997 when he once again retired. He was a scratch golfer and he loved teaching the game as much as playing 18 holes with his late son JB, his brother Cowboy, close friends Joe Keltner, Tommy Henderson, the late Leonard Ice, and so many others. Teaching the game to his granddaughter Sara made him smile and very proud as she played on her high school team.
Despite his battle with lung cancer and other health issues, he continued to touch the lives of so many people of all ages. He had a very caring nature and a big heart as well. He was always kind and had a laugh and smile for every person he met.
Whether you called him Mr. Brown, James, JB, Bobby, Uncle, dad, or granddad he loved life and his family. He was a big brother, a little brother, a son, a father, a role model, a mentor, a friend, an uncle, and a bonus dad to Cecelia and Jeff Thompson, a godfather to Mike Brown, Kerry-Ann Wheatly, and Roy Gabe. But most of all, to many he was a HERO and a friend and always had a kind word, an open heart and door, and an infectious smile.
Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Thursday, July 1, 2021 and from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Friday, July 2, 2021 at Chism Family Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY.
Funeral services for Mr. Brown will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, July 2, 2021 at the chapel of Chism Family Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the North Hardin Memorial Gardens, Radcliff, KY with military honors.
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