Joseph M. Filmore Brown, a Master Printer and Graphic Artist died on Saturday, June 21, 2014 after a lengthy illness. He was 71. The son of the late Hulda (Hilda) Louella Cannady and William Dunham, he was born on September 28, 1942 in Baltimore, MD. Filmore affectionately known as "Fil" or "Mo" attended Frederick Douglass High School but left home as a young man to serve his country in the United States Army in the famous 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). After a tour as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War
and receiving his high school diploma in the Army, he was honorably discharged. Mr. Brown's hard work and quest for learning everything about the "printing trade" soon led to his becoming a Master Printer and Graphic Artist. His work was recognized throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Some of his work was featured in National Geographic Magazine. Mr. Brown had a passion for cars, a good joke, music, and family. He had a love for driving high performance or luxury cars. Mr. Brown was also a "Mr. Fix It" when it came to household repairs, and was always willing to lend a hand whenever he was called. A public viewing will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Md. 21133. Funeral Services will take place Thursday, July 3, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by three siblings: Louise Spaulding, Linda 'Marie' Brown, and Ralph 'Richard' Brown. He leaves to cherish his loving memory: his wife, Vashtied M. Brown of Baltimore, MD; and his former wife, Sylvia Brown; four children: Heidi Brown, Joseph Brown, Jr., Tracy Brown-Harris, and William Brown; his four stepchildren: Ursula V. Battle, LaTonia Battle-White, Tyiese Battle, and Jonita Battle; three beloved grandchildren: Marley Harris, Tamay Brown, and Jolee Brown; five sisters: Mildred Dennis, Esther Johnson, Joyce Peranio, Margaret Brown, and Barbara Jackson; his devoted son-in-law Beryl C. Harris; daughter-in-law Maleeka R. Brown; dedicated nephew Ralph R. Brown; loving nieces Pya Verrett, Tabetha Ewing, and Maisha Warsaw; his extended North Carolina family; lifelong friend Herman George; special in-law Veronica James and a host of other great-nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.