Joshua Brown, Sr.

May 14, 2013

Brown, Sr., Joshua Obituary

Joshua Brown Sr. was born on July 16, 1922 in Colonial Beach, VA. On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 he left this life for his heart’s desire, to be with the Lord. He was the last of 12 children born to the late Lena and George Brown Sr.

He received a minimal education in Colonial Beach and came to Washington, DC at the age of thirteen where he began working as a delivery boy at the corner store. He also worked in the Chevy Chase area cleaning homes. He later met and married Matilda Jett (deceased). From this union there were seven children, James Everith (Deatrice), Janice Collier (Lawrence), Mildred Williams (Leo – deceased), Joshua Melvin (Onita), Jerome Raymond (Evelyn), Jesse Edward (Tanya), Jacqueline Newton.

Joshua Sr. continued to work being hired to work on the construction crew building the Pentagon. He also worked as a janitor in the public schools of Washington DC. No matter what the job, he was always seen leaving home dressed in a suit. He enjoyed working in the yard and even then he had on slacks with the pant legs rolled up and a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Mr. Brown also worked at the Government Printing Office (GPO) as a Caster man. He served as Shop Steward and enjoyed being on the GPO Bowling League. After thirty-seven years Mr. Brown retired from the Federal Government and volunteered at the Red Cross and Junior Citizens.

Joshua Brown was called Rev by people he met on the street because he always spoke of the Lord Jesus and handed out tracks. He was what we know as a “Street Minister” because he had something to talk about and it was about God. He loved the Lord and in recent years yearned to “go home to be with the Father. “During the last week of his life he made multiple requests for prayer and for help in reciting the 23rd Psalm.

He had sayings and phrases he always said. A few of them are: “Respect every human being.” “God won’t put more on you than you can bare”, “I run to the rock to hide my face, the rock cried out no hiding place and Put your hand in God’s hand and walk in the light.” His favorite verse was Psalm 23. No matter what life brought him he did not complain. Joshua knew the Lord was on his side. His prayer was that God would have mercy on him and his family.  
For a while Joshua Brown resided at a nursing facility where the staff knew him affectionately as the “Cool Cat”. He was always surprising them with the quickness of his wit. They understood him to be suffering with Dementia but found that his mind was quicker than they were prepared for.  To a comment of “Mr. Brown I like your hat” his response was “So do I”.  He loved cake, candy and chewing gum.

Before his death there were five generations of the Browns walking this earth. Joshua enjoyed a long and happy life leaving as his legacy four generations of family. He leaves: seven children, twenty seven grand children, sixty one great-grand children and eighteen great-great grand children. He also leaves one sister-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013:
Visitation - Mount Bethel Baptist Church, Washington (map/directions)- 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service - Mount Bethel Baptist Church - 11:00 a.m.
Interment - Maryland National Memorial Park, Laurel (map/directions)
Repast - Mount Bethel Baptist Church




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May 22, 2013

Visitation - Mount Bethel Baptist Church, Washington - 10:00 a.m.

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May 22, 2013

Funeral Service - Mount Bethel Baptist Church - 11:00 a.m.

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May 22, 2013

Interment - Maryland National Cemetery, Laurel

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May 22, 2013

Repast - Mount Bethel Baptist Church


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