GROVER C. BROWN JR.

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Grover Cleve­land Brown Jr., 82, went peace­fully to be with the Lord, while at home on Mon­day af­ter­noon, Novem­ber 5, 2018. Sit­ting at his side was his lov­ing wife of 54 years, Juanita LaFerne Gra­ham Brown. Grover lived a life de­voted to God, full of love, fam­ily, giv­ing, and ser­vice to his church, neigh­bors and his coun­try.

Grover was the el­dest of five chil­dren born to Grover Cleve­land Brown, Sr. and Ruby Aileen Lovett Brown. He was born on Septem­ber 12, 1936 and grew up in Spring Hill, Ten­nessee. A few years af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school, he joined the U.S. Army. He served as a tele­type op­er­a­tor and was sta­tioned at Fort Ben­ning, Ge­or­gia and Fort Lee, Vir­ginia. He was hon­or­ably dis­charged from the Army in 1963.

While sta­tioned at Ft. Lee, Grover was bap­tized into Christ at the Cameron Av­enue Church of Christ. As part of this con­gre­ga­tion, he met his fu­ture wife Juanita Gra­ham. Af­ter a few years of dat­ing, they were mar­ried in this church on her birth­day, April

11, 1964. As a life­long mem­ber of this con­gre­ga­tion, Grover served his Lord by serv­ing as a Dea­con for over 20 years, main­tain­ing the build­ing, and serv­ing the se­nior cit­i­zens of the con­gre­ga­tion.

Grover re­tired from I.E. DuPont in 1993 af­ter over 25 years of ser­vice as a ma­chine op­er­a­tor. For many years, he was also a mem­ber of DuPont’s Fire Bri­gade.

Dur­ing their mar­riage, Grover was blessed with four chil­dren who sur­vive him. Crys­tal Abel and hus­band, Jeff, Kisha Brown both of Ch­ester, Dar­ren Brown of Din­wid­die, and Kendall Brown of West Point. Grandpa LOVED and cher­ished his grand­chil­dren, Al­li­son Brown (and great-grand­son Kingston), Gar­rett Abel (and girl­friend Jessie Cook) Kim­ber­lyn Abel, and Bran­don & Bradley Brown. Ad­di­tional fam­ily mem­bers sur­viv­ing are his brother, Fred Brown (Ruby); sis­ter, Elsie Smith­son both re­sid­ing in Ten­nessee, broth­ers-in-law, Buddy Gra­ham, David Gra­ham (Anita), and Ron­nie Gra­ham; and sis­ter-in-law, Is­abel Cole (Stu­art). Touched by his me­mory in­clude his for­mer daugh­tersin-law, Anita Brown (and daugh­ter, Brit­tney and grand­daugh­ter, Sofia), Maury Mathis, and Ash­ley Brown (and daugh­ters, Jay­den and Kate­lyn); as well as fu­ture daugh­ter-in-law, Saman­tha Hove­land (and daugh­ters, Brooke, El­lie, and Pai­z­ley). Grover was a fam­ily man and leaves nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews and close fam­ily friends to also cher­ish his me­mory.

Grover was di­ag­nosed with Parkinson’s dis­ease in 2011. The fam­ily would like to thank Crater Com­mu­nity Hospice for their care over the last two years. We would like to es­pe­cially thank Tracy and Grace, as well as Amy Peters, for their lov­ing care of Grover, even when times be­came tough the past six months. We also thank you for the care and friend­ship you pro­vided our mother dur­ing Dad’s de­cline.

Dad, we will never for­get our mem­o­ries of play­ing cards, sit­ting on the deck in rock­ing chairs and walk­ing on the beach with you while on va­ca­tion, our two fam­ily trips to Dis­ney World, you work­ing in your gar­den, fish­ing, or play­ing with our chil­dren. God truly blessed us with the most won­der­ful fa­ther and grand­fa­ther. We love and miss you.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 11:00 a.m. Satur­day, Novem­ber 10, 2018, at Cameron Av­enue Church of Christ, 601 Cameron Av­enue, Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia 23834. In­ter­ment will fol­low in Sun­set Me­mo­rial Park, Ch­ester. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, 2018, at the Colo­nial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Fu­neral Homes & Cre­ma­tory, 2033 Boule­vard, Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia 23834. Pall­bear­ers for Grover will be cho­sen from among his neph­ews. If you wish to make a do­na­tion in his me­mory, in lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily asks you to make a do­na­tion to the Cameron Av­enue Church of Christ or Crater Com­mu­nity Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Road, Peters­burg, Vir­ginia 23805. Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www.ealvins­mall.com.

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