Joshua M. Brown, Jr.

July 5, 2014

Brown, Jr., Joshua Obituary

Joshua (“Josh”) Melvin Brown, Jr. was born on August 21, 1953 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Joshua and Matilda Brown.  He departed this life Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD covered by his faith and with his best friend and wife, Onita (Babe) by his side.  

Educated in the District of Columbia Public School System, Joshua graduated from Cardozo Senior High School in 1972.  His love of music and technology began early as the President of the Cardozo Marching Band and ultimately led to his career as an entrepreneur audiologist.

Joshua had several career paths as a Chef, Singer, Comedian, Digital DJ/KJ, Tax Consultant and an Audiologist. He had an entertaining and playful personality. Joshua and his neighborhood brothers started their careers at a very early age, in order to earn extra money they would use their Radio Flyer wagons to pull groceries for their neighbors who shopped at the local Safeway, which led to Joshua becoming a full-time Safeway employee in 1972.

As a teenager, Joshua started on the road to a varied career path beginning at McDonalds and later transitioning to a career as a Medical Records Specialist. While working at Safeway, in 1977, he started a part-time position as a tax consultant with H & R Block where he met his soul-mate of 37 years, Onita.  In 1989, Joshua began working as a prep worker at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he continued to advance and was promoted to the position of Beverage Director. In August 1991, they were joined together as husband and wife. In January of 2000, Joshua and Onita started their own business, JOB Conference Recording Service, LLC (JOB CRS).  Joshua and Onita traveled to many cities and states throughout the U.S, providing their services and earning a reputation as a professional and trustworthy black-owned business.

Joshua had many hobbies and passions such as the Bid Whist Club, teaching hand and line dancing, karaoke, and catering.  He became a member of Prince Hall Masonic Temple (Pythagoras Lodge No. 9) in 2008, where he rose to the rank of Senior Deacon. Joshua was always ready to offer his help or lend a hand to anyone he knew, you could always depend on him to offer up words of advice, if needed, or to just listen. He would be the first person to call you and offer up words of congratulations or encouragement. He made many life-long friends, growing up in the close-knit neighborhood of Adams Street where the old African Proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child”, was practiced every day!

He leaves to celebrate his life: wife, Onita; three children from a previous marriage, Joshua III (Connie), Chara and Jeff of the Metropolitan Area; six siblings, James (Deatrice), Janice Collier, Mildred Williams, Jerome (Evelyn), Jessie (Tanya) and Jacqueline Newton, of the Metropolitan Area; 9 grandchildren; in-laws: Roger and Elisa Jones, Thomas Brewington, Verbell Johnson (Kool), Tanya and Bernard Edwards; a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and life-long friends.  




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July 15, 2014
9:00 a.m.

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Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

1200 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
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July 15, 2014
11:00 a.m.

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Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

1200 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
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July 15, 2014

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National Harmony Memorial Park

7101 Sheriff Road
Hyattsville, MD 20785
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