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Raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, John was the youngest child of William Brown and Verlie Acklin Brown Compton, who predeceased him. He was the last living sibling of Denola Brown (sister), and brothers William Richard Brown, Rev. Dr. Raymond E. Brown, and Rev. Robert L. Brown.
Mr. Brown united with Cross Street Christian Church at a young age. Mr. Brown loved the Lord, his family, his church family, and everyone he came in contact with. He also loved to work in the church. Until his health failed, he was quite active in so many areas of the congregation: serving as Sunday School Teacher, Acting Sunday School Secretary, President and member of the Senior Choir, President and member of the Christian Men’s Fellowship, Trustee, Disciples of Christ General Assembly, Vice President of the State Fellowship of Christian Churches, Chairman of the General Board of Cross Street and former Deacon. He served faithfully as Elder in Charge of Worship Service for well over ten years. No job was too menial for Mr. Brown. He cooked, shopped, retrieved the mail from the post office, as well as drove the church bus.
Growing up in what was then the West End of Little Rock, he spent many hours on Valentine Street with his Aunt Margie. After graduating from Horace Mann Senior High School in 1957 at the age of 17, Mr. Brown joined the U.S. Air Force, where he earned the rank of Master Sargent. He was able to travel and see the world, while admirably serving his country. After being honorably discharged from the military, he walked the neighborhood beat as a U.S. Postal Carrier, where again he met many life-long friends on his routes. Later, his career took a turn in a different direction as an Investigator and Claims Manager in the field of Personal Injury. He graduated from Arkansas Baptist College in May 1975, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. He met the love of his life, his wife Christine in 1975. She relocated to Arkansas from Detroit to be with him following their marriage in 1976. He continued his education in the legal field through additional classes and certifications becoming a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators.
A multi-talented man with a passion for all genres of music, Mr. Brown played French horn in the high school band. He was in the drama club in high school and an active member of the Horace Mann Senior High School Class of 1957, serving as President for many years. He was a member of a doo-wop group in the military, and a baritone with the Art Porter Singers since 1993. Mr. Brown was an avid bowler often going with friends to local lanes. With his love of theater, he played a role in The Blue and the Gray, So Sad About Gloria, as well as acted in several productions at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse.
Elder Brown leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 43 years, Christine Brown; daughter Allison Brown, step-daughter Anita Johnson (Herb), step-son Warner Sebree (Linda); and grandchildren Tonya Hicks, Brandy Pits, Kelly Young, Christopher Johnson, Natasha Sebree, Whitley Sebree, and Warrington Sebree; and special friends Lynn Marshall, Ed Coleman, Don Warren, and God Son Jonathan Coleman. Elder Brown leaves a host of great-grandchildren, other family, church members, and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 pm, Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Cross Street Christian Church, 1223 Cross Street, Little Rock, AR. Visitation one hour prior to service.
Services entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, 8821 Colonel Glenn, Little Rock, AR. "IN YOUR TIME OF NEED...WE CARE."
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