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James Curtis Brown

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James Curtis Brown, 82, of Morgantown, passed away at 8:40 a.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after a long illness.

Mr. Brown was a resident of Russellville since retiring in 1971 from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after 20 years of service. He was very proud of his military service having served the United Stated in the Korean & Vietnam Wars. He was a decorated Recruit Commander at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. After his military service he went on to a career & retirement from TVA. He was a lifetime member of The American Legion and an Expert Marksman.

A native of Morgantown Mr. Brown was born October 30, 1931 the son of the late Burn Brown and Erie Hawes and husband of the late Barbara Brown.

Survivors include a son, James Curtis Brown Jr. of Morgantown, daughters, Vetra Mallory and husband Barry of Franklin, Marie Williams of Franklin, Teresa Hightower and partner William Robertson of Salt Lake City, Utah.; step-daughter Joe Ann Barrett and husband Trull of Seattle, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his best friend & companion of 18 years Marjorie Flener of Morgantown.

Funeral services will be held at Smith Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Bro: Jimmy Blackwell & Bro. Mike Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Hill Haven Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 6-8 pm and Monday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday 8 a.m. until service time at 2 p.m at the Smith Funeral Home in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions can be made to: -Midland State Chapter-KY,MI,OH,TN; 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43228.

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Published in News Democrat Leader from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2014
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