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Mr. James Theodore Brown Sr.

October 4, 1930 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 90)

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His Life’s Journey

James Theodore Brown, Sr. was born on October 4, 1930 to the late Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Simpson Brown, Sr.  He was the fifth of seven children and the oldest son.  He attended the historic Washington High School in Atlanta, GA where he developed a passion for singing while participating in the Glee Club.  This passion remained with him throughout his entire life.

After James graduated from high school he attended college and business school in Atlanta.  During this time he made the decision to serve his county and enlisted in the United States Army.  While in service he fought during the Korean War and was stationed in other places abroad such as Japan and Germany.  James grew during his time in service, being a proud veteran of the Korean War.

After returning home he resumed singing in the Choral Choir at his church home, Beulah Baptist Church in Atlanta under the leadership of W.L. Cottrell.  His love for singing continued and was known for his melodious baritone voice.  As he worked and served in the House of God he would eventually meet the love of his life, Elizabeth Walker and married her.  Together their union produced a son, James T. Brown, Jr., that they both adored.  Not too long after that James began his final career as a Bus Operator for MARTA.  He won recognition for his hard work and used this opportunity to share wisdom with young and old while driving them to their destinations.  After James Jr. married his wife, Glarretter, they had two children, Trey and Kayla, who both James, Sr. and Elizabeth adored.  After serving at Beulah for many years, James and Elizabeth moved their membership to Word of Faith Love Center under the leadership of Dr. Reginald P. Garmon, Sr.  At the Love Center James served in the Heritage Choir, and the Seasons of Power Senior’s Ministry.  He was also faithful to attend Sunday School and Men’s Ministry.  His example of manhood impacted many around him as he was always willing to share the wisdom that God had given him over the years.  He lastly joined Tabernacle of Worship under the leadership of Rev. James T. Brown, Jr, his son.  He faithfully attended service, showing love to everyone. 

On Saturday, February 13, 2021, he transitioned from this life to his eternal home with Jesus.  He was proceeded in death wife, Elizabeth, his parents Rev. Arthur Simpson Brown, Sr. and Lillie Cody Brown; two sisters: Vivian Harris and Christine Brown; one brother:  Arthur Simpson Brown, Jr.  He leaves to cherish his memories his son James, Jr. (Glarretter); sisters:  Adeline Brown, Rosaline Brown and Virvie Lee Brown; sister-in-law Alberta W. Phelps; grandchildren:  James T. Brown, III and Kayla A. Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  James was an awesome man whom allowed God to use his life to encourage and inspire others to live a life that was pleasing to God.


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February 19, 2021

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Atlanta Chapel
923 McDaniel ST SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Celebration of Life
February 20, 2021

10:00 AM
Word of Faith Love Center
2435 Ben Hill Road
East Point, GA 30344

Video is available for this event


Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Veterans Cemetery Road
Canton, GA 30114

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