Francis W. 'Brownie' "Toot" Brown

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April 30, 2014

Francis W. "Toot" "Brownie" Brown, 90, of Port Carbon, formerly of "Jalappa" section of Pottsville, died Wednesday at Moravian Manor, Lititz.

Born March 24, 1924, he was a son of the late John and Elsie Price Brown.

Francis was a member of First United Methodist Church, Port Carbon, where he served as the president of the Methodist Men's Club for many years. He was also a member of the Port Carbon Senior Citizens and Janet Eich Public Library, Port Carbon.

Francis proudly served his country in the Navy. He was awarded the ALNAV 76-46, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of local veteran groups including the Navy Club of Black Diamond, Ship No. 257, Minersville, Disabled Veterans and AP115-General George M. Randall. After serving in the Navy, he was a tool and die repairman at Alcoa, Cressona. He was also the owner and part-time barber at a shop attached to the family home.

He was captain of the 1942 Pottsville High School football team and a backfield star. He received the coveted "outstanding athlete" plaque from the Lions Club for his all-around ability, spirit and conduct.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolyn E. Hall Brown; brothers, John and Harold M. Brown; sister, Elsie Boardman; and nephew, Harold L. Brown.

Francis is survived by sons, Edward Francis Brown and his wife, Maryann, and Philip Charles Brown; daughters, Margaret "Peggy" Davis and husband, Jeffrey, and Cynthia "Cindy" Rice and husband, the Rev. Ronald Rice; grandchildren, Laura Brown, Andrew Brown, Sarah Brown, Melissa Sedor, Christopher Brown and Brian Mack; great-grandchildren, Ella Sedor, Anthony Sedor, Anesa Brown and Gavin Brown; sister-in-law, Joyce Brown; and niece, Pollyanne Bonning.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Schuylkill Memorial Park Chapel, Schuylkill Haven. Francis' son-in-law, the Rev. Ronald Rice, will officiate. Family and friends may visit from 9 a.m. until the time of services at Schuylkill Memorial Park Chapel, Schuylkill Haven. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St., Port Carbon, PA 17965 or Janet Eich Public Library, 111 Pike St., Port Carbon, PA 17965. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, Sixth and West Market streets, Pottsville, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit to leave a private condolence for the Brown family.

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Published in Republican & Herald on May 3, 2014
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