John H. “Brownie” Brown, age 94, a resident of the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility of Clarksburg, WV and formerly of Grafton, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
“Brownie” as he was known to many was born November 16, 1918 in Natick, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Virginia Hulley Brown who passed away in 1987.
He was the son of the late Lyman George and Ethel Prudence (Fairbanks) Brown. John was the last of 11 children. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Brown Knight and son-in-law Doris Earl Knight; two grandsons, John Paul Rogers and wife Claudine of Clarksburg and Kevin Scott Rogers and wife Billie of Grafton and a step-granddaughter Susan Knight Gardner and husband Ty of Buford, Georgia. John also had three great grandsons, Andrew Rogers and Anthony Rogers of Clarksburg and Kevin Rogers II, of Grafton and a step-great granddaughter Lily Gardner of Buford, Georgia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their famiies.
John came to West Virginia in 1944 after serving his country in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
Prior to his retirement he was employed by Rex-Hide Corporation and before that Ozite Corporation. He enjoyed traveling and working with his hands and building fine pieces of furniture even when he was in his late 80’s.
Almost four years ago, John became a resident at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility. He enjoyed his time there and felt that was his home.
He was an inspiration to others through his positive attitude about everything that crossed his path. The other residents and staff became part of his extended family and he always told everyone that the WVVNF was the best place to be for veterans.
The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor David Knotts officiating.
Interment will follow at the WV National Cemetery in Pruntytown. Military graveside services will be conducted by the V.F.W. Memorial City Post 3081, Taylor County Post 12 American Legion, D.A.V. Chapter 24 of Grafton, and the Navy Operational Support Center from Pittsburgh, PA.
Online condolences: www.donaldgfordfuneralhome.com