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Virginia Beach - After a long illness, James Richard Brown, entered into the presence of his Lord Saturday December 1, 2012 at 11:30 PM with his family by his side. Richard was born in Norfolk to the late Joseph and Mildred Brown, Sr., grew up in South Norfolk and graduated from Oscar Smith High School. He was a licensed Funeral Director in Virginia since 1975 and in North Carolina since 1982 and retired from Hollomon-Brown Funeral homes as manager of the Great Bridge Chapel. During his long struggle with diabetes he always kept a positive attitude and was fortunate enough to have received a kidney transplant thanks to the donation of his daughter Jennie in September of 2005.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years Kay King-Brown, daughter Jennie B. Vogl and husband Andrew of Chesapeake, a brother Joe Brown and wife Caroline of Phoenix, NY, grandson Kevin J. Brown of Virginia Beach, great-grandchildren Brittany Roberts of Tennessee, and Nicholas Brown of Chesapeake.
Richard was known as Mr. Personality, a Southern Gentleman and loved to eat, laugh and talked many hours on the telephone with his many friends. He loved his dogs Buffy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Skippy and Ally. He was active in numerous organizations, having belonged to the Jaycees, Better Business Club, was a honorary member of South Norfolk Ruritan Club since 1988, was a charter member of the Ringmaster Saint and Sinners Club of America serving on the board for 2 years and as president in 2010 and 2012.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday December 5, at 2 p.m. in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Great Bridge Chapel with the Rev. Ernest L. Trueblood officiating. Burial will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his personal doctors, Dr. Robert Mann, Dr. Yury Kalmanovich, Dr. Lawrence Colen, Dr. Martha Mooney and Dr. Donald Lipskis and also many thanks to all the nurses and staff for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
. Condolences may be made to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 3, 2012