The Obit For Jim Brown

James L. Brown

The Charleston Daily Mail, April 19, 2010

On a cool sunny day in January 1928, Jim was born at Ward to the late Mary Louise Brown. He passed away April 17, 2010.

He was a resident of Cedar Grove, where he loved to dive off barges and swim in the Kanawha River. He was a graduate of East Bank High School, class of 1947, where he played basketball and excelled as a first baseman for the Pioneers. He played in the Mountain State semi-professional baseball league and any other game he came upon.

He especially enjoyed times at home with his wife of 57 years, Nancy Jane Crum Brown; his daughters, Pamela Brown Burns of Malden, Robin Lee Brown Graley and son-in-law Steve of Kanawha City; and his faithful feline companions, Red and Prissy.

Jim loved the sunshine, ESPN, opening Christmas gifts, story telling, and joking.

He had a special affection for the New York Yankees, where he and Nancy honeymooned after their October 1952 marriage.

Jim was employed by Valley Camp Coal Company for approximately 30 years, where he loaded barges and had a special river friend named Muskie, whom he shared his dinner with nightly.

He was a multi-gallon blood donor to the Red Cross, a member of the UMWA and a board member for Woodland Cemetery for 25 years.

Jim had an infectious smile that brightened our days and he'll always be our hero.

The family would like to thank the staff of 4 South and NSICU General, and Drs. Robert Eggleston and Robert Crisalli for their compassionate care. Additionally, the family would like to thank everyone whose thoughts and prayers sustained us.

There will be a private service held at a later date.

Memorial donations in Jim's memory may be made to Woodland Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 436, Cedar Grove, WV 25039.

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Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.