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Mr. Harold D. Brown, 86, of 11113 White Oak Church Road, Wilsons, Va., entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the McGuire-Hunter Holmes VA Medical Center in Richmond.

Mr. Brown was born on Friday, Dec. 16, 1927, in Newark, N.J. He was married to the late Dorothy Mayfield Brown for 35 years, and to this union, seven children were born: Pamela Joyner (Saunders Sr.) of Virginia Beach, Va., Harold S. Brown and Sharon M. Gay, both of North Dinwiddie, Va., Erwin Brown (Catherine) of San Antonio, Texas, Cheryl Promise of Petersburg, Beneatha Simmons (Anthony) of North Dinwiddie and Willie R. Brown of the home; all of whom were very devoted to their father.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, Willie and Kattie D. Brown of Jarratt, Va.; his sister, Margaret C. Brown of Jarratt; parents-in-law: Joseph H. Mayfield (Trula); and brother-in-law, Lawrence Moore (Susie), also of Jarratt.

Mr. Brown began his early education at the Merrill-Oakes Elementary School in Purdy, Va. He left school before graduating to help with the family farm. Mr. Brown was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, and stayed until 1953. After he experienced a one-year dry period while farming in Purdy, he volunteered and returned to the Army in 1954. He fought in the Korean War until cease fire. His military tours included: Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Leonardwood, Mo., Fort Belvoir, Va.; two tours in Korea; Sasebo, Japan; Baffin Island, Ernest Harmon Air Base and St. John, all in Newfoundland. He was discharged at Fort Knox, Ky. He served his country faithfully and honorably and was awarded the Korean War Medal, and the National Service Medal. He retired from federal service after 33 years in 1988 at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va. Mr. Brown was a hard-working man and found no task too difficult to master. He was employed at several companies: Allied Chemical, Continental Cans, Knox Funeral Home, Clays Hatchery and culminating his career, which began in 1962, in the Transportation Motor Pool at Camp Pickett (Fort Pickett) Army Installation in Blackstone, Va. He retired from federal service in January 1988, receiving many certificates of appreciation for outstanding performance. Mr. Brown was a very out-going person. He was a friendly, always laughing, telling jokes, willing to give a hand at any time to anyone who needed help. His passions were gardening, fishing, hunting, farming, mechanics, family and enjoying life.

Mr. Brown also leaves behind to cherish his memories: sons: Harold Lamotte Stith (Sandy) of Newark, Del., Alvin Brown of Emporia, Va.; stepsons: Barry Mayfield Sr. (Diana) of Emporia and Michael Mayfield (Rosa) of New Bern, N.C.; brother-in-law, Clinton Mayfield (Anne) of Jarratt; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many other devoted relatives and friends to include: Tommy Tabon, Leslie Brown, William Taylor, Leon Wells, Joyce Peace, Anthony Simmons, Robinette Moore, Michael Gholson, Mary Banks, Kirk Hancock, and Phyllis Jones.

A funeral service for Mr. Brown will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 21, 2014, at Refuge Temple of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 1890 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg; Elder Jerry K. Rose, interim pastor, and Bishop Barry D. Mayfield Sr., eulogizing. The public may view the remains on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Petersburg Chapel – Johnson's Funeral Home, and at the church one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Family members are asked to assemble 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home for the procession on Monday.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to the Joseph M. Johnson and Son Funeral Home, 530 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, Va., 804-863-4411. Online condolences can be submitted at www.johnsonservices.us
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Published in The Progress-Index from July 14 to July 18, 2014
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