James G. Brown (Brownie) died Wednesday, February 3, 2011. Jim or Brownie, as he was known to many close friends and family members, lived most of his life in Cumberland, Maryland before he and his wife relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2007.
Mr. Brown was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1933. After a tragic accident took the life of his father and stepmother in 1942, he went to Cumberland, Maryland to live with his paternal grandmother. He graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1952. In 1954, Brownie married the love of his life, Sandra Louise Alburtis. Brownie and Sandy raised three daughters and lived many happy years together in the “Queen City.” He was employed at Kelly Springfield Tire Company for many years, where he was an active union representative and a department chairman. He was proud to work with many fine people there and of the work they did.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Sandra Brown of Wilmington, NC; daughter, Jane Brown Pannone of Leonardtown, MD; daughter and son-in-law, Lonny and Rick Watro, of Short Gap, WV; daughter, Beth Brown, of Wilmington, NC; sister, Carol Kelley of Boiling Springs, PA, two granddaughters, Katie Kwiatkowski and Sarah Gallagher, both of Leonardtown, MD; and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Brownie always looked for the best in people. He loved life, his wife, his family, and his many good friends. He is already and forever will be, missed by all.
A memorial service is being planned to take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any Hospice Care Center.
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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099