James Earl Brown Jr.
Nashville - He never met someone who didn't become a friend. With a big smile and a bigger personality, JB or Bubba most commonly known as James Earl Brown, Jr. charmed everyone he ever met. Born on April 17, 1943, in Nashville, Tennessee to James Earl Brown, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Brown, née Hankins, James lived a life as bold, bright, and brave as his infectious personality for 77 years until his death on December 30, 2020.
After graduating from Pearl High School in 1963, James joined the United States Air Force. He was a Vietnam veteran who served two tours as a medic and eventually he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant proudly serving his country for 28 years. Following the completion of his service to his country, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and began his community service throughout the Saint Louis metro area.
In addition to his heroism as a soldier and his altruism as a social worker, James would most want to be remembered as a man of God. Raised in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, he eventually became an Elder, a men's ministry leader, and an avid Sabbath school teacher. It was his love for God, humanity, and his family that marked the measure of this great man.
James E. Brown, Jr. was adored and cherished by the family and church families he leaves behind. He was preceded in death by his brother Lawrence Brown. He is survived by his wife Constancia, sons James "Jim" Brown, III and Daraka, daughter Jamila Aisha, grandson James "Ja" Brown, IV, sister Gwendolyn (William Brown), sister Mary Brown, and brother Pastor Edwin F. Brown (Paula), and his brothers and sisters in Christ at Tabernacle of Praise SDA Church, New Jerusalem SDA Church, and Oakhill SDA Church.
Published in Tennessean from May 11 to May 16, 2021.