Rev. John Owen Brown Sr., 64, of Fairmont, departed this life at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 11, 2017) in the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Feb. 4, 1952, the son of Thelma Smelly King of Fairmont and the late John James "Doggy" Brown.
Rev. Brown was a 1970 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, where he played football. Following graduation, he received his associate's degree from San Diego Community College. He then joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California, on the U.S. Nimitz, where he received the National Defense Service Medal.
In 1977, he accepted Christ and started ministering and introducing people to the Lord. He was totally involved in his community. In 1982, he began Miracle Tax Enterprises, offering tax preparation to community members. He was also employed by CMS West at Grandview Memorial Gardens as a memorial counselor. Rev. Brown served as an associate pastor of the former Miracle Revival Center, under the Rev. Johnnie Mae Johnson and the late Apostle Donald L. Johnson. In 2007, God led him to start his own ministry, and he opened Greater End Time Ministries.
In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sonetta Mae Butler Brown; three daughters, Diamond Brown and Natasha Brown, both of Fairmont, and Esther (Spartacus) Hutto of Columbia, South Carolina; one son, John (Llysee) Brown Jr. of Fairmont; one sister, Dale Stewart of Fairmont; one brother-in-law George Butler III of Fairmont; four sisters-in-law, Lisa Butler of Columbia, Maryland, Lillie (Reginald) Mitchell of Fairmont, Joyce (Jack) Gaines of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Phonecial (Ron) Keefer of Morgantown; eight grandchildren, Latique Williams and Katurah Jules both of Fairmont, Mondell Hutto, Jahzara Hutto, Spartacus Hutto II and Legend Hutto all of Columbia, South Carolina, and Nazayrah Brown and Rhaelyn Brown both of Fairmont; two aunts, Rhodell Harris of Fairmont and Mary Ann Lockley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, Ezekiel "Zeke" Brown; one sister, Sara Jane Turner; and his grandparents.
Rev. Brown loved life and wanted to make everyone happy. He enjoyed sharing stories and photos with everyone. He encouraged everyone he met to accept Jesus and to be saved. He was also a jack of all trades and will be remembered by his cordial smile and his jokes.
Friends may call from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Greater End Times Ministries, formerly known as New Beginnings Worship Center, 211 Hampton Road, Fairmont. Funeral services will be held at the church at noon, Pastor Robert Clay officiating with the Rev. Albert Anderson Jr. as eulogist. Burial will follow at West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton with full military rites.
The family has requested that monetary donations be directed to www.gofundme.com/john-o-brown-memorial-fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the JG Lampkin Funeral Home.
Published on January 17, 2017