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John Elliott Brown

July 16, 1947 ~ January 2, 2022 (age 74)


On the morning of January 2, 2022, John Elliott Brown, Sr. transitioned to his heavenly home. He lived a life full of love, service and family.

John was born in Savannah, Georgia to Charles and Janie Brown as the youngest of two sons, John and Charles Ellis Brown of Tacoma, Washington. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Friendship Baptist Church in Savannah, GA.

In 1965, John graduated from Sol C Johnson High School in Savannah, where he sang in the chorus and played on the Atom Smashers football as a star offensive lineman. While in high school, he met Harriet “Ann” Brown, whom he married on August 9, 1969.

John served in the United States Air Force, where he obtained the rank of Sergeant, during the Vietnam era. After serving, he returned to Savannah State University where he graduated with honors in 1973, having received his Bachelor of Science in Math. Upon graduation, he and Ann moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

Shortly afterwards, a son was born, John Elliott Brown, Jr. Within a few years, two more sons were born, Michael Ellis Brown and Nicholas Lamar Brown. While raising his sons to be the God- fearing, responsible, and respectable men that they have become, although fishing was not his favorite thing to do, he would take them fishing to connect and create memories. Despite not catching any fish on most occasions, his sons cherished this quality time that they had with their father. To his sons, John was the greatest man to ever live.

John was an avid sports fan and loyal supporter of the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons. He also enjoyed all things Star Wars. He shared his love of his favorite sports teams and fighting the Sith with his three sons and two grandchildren. John was also active in Toastmasters and the Knights of Peter Claver, an international Catholic fraternal service order. John and Ann loved to travel and spend time with family. They spent their later years travelling across the world, with a love for taking cruises and sharing these experiences with family.

John leaves behind to cherish his memory: wife of 52 years, Ann; sons, John, Jr. (Sonia), Michael (Dawn), Nicholas; brother, Charles; sister-in-law, Albertha “Miris”, brothers-in-law, Herbert “Danny” (Sabrina), Christopher (Cassandra); grandchildren, Julianne, John III; and a host of family, friends and church members.

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January 9, 2022

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Dortch-Williamson Funeral & Cremation Services
1410 Highway 138 SW
Riverdale, GA 30296

Private Services
January 10, 2022

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
230 Arnold Street
Hapeville, GA 30354

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Westminster Memorial Gardens
2090 Highway 54
Peachtree City, GA 30269

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