The Right Rev. Dr. George W. Brown Jr. died at age 84. He was born in Coatesville on July 26, 1923, and passed away on Sunday, May 11, at Good Sam Nursing Facility, Dowling Park, Fla.Rev. Dr. Brown was a resident of Dacier Manor of Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park, Fla.
He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Edith H. Brown. He is also survived by three children, George W. Brown III of Brown Deer, Wis., Merrilynn B. Wheeler of Harleysville and Joy B. Kern of Bourbonnais, Ill.; four grandchildren, Jacob Brown, Daniel Wheeler, Jennifer Brown and Rebekah Rohrbach; two sisters, Marian Brown of Fairfield, Ill., and Beverly Johnson of Elverson; three brothers, Kenneth Brown of Coatesville, Raymond Brown of Thompson and Robert Brown of Lyndell.
Rev. Dr. Brown was predeceased by four brothers, Donald, Vernon, Ralph and Fred Brown.
Rev. Dr. Brown, having a great sense of God's calling, left a promising career with Worth Steel Co. to join the Lord's business as a preacher, teacher, mentor, consultant and author.
He attended the Philadelphia School of the Bible; Reformed Episcopal Seminary, Philadelphia (B.D.); Castleton Teachers College, Castleton, Va. (B.S.Ed.); Boston University School of Theology (M.R.E.); Heed University, Hollywood, Fla. (D.Ed.); and Alban Institute Inc., Washington, D.C. (Certified Interim Consultant).
Although raised a Methodist, attending Olivet United Methodist Church in Coatesville, Rev. Brown chose the Congregational Church to serve as a pastor. His first parish was the First Congregational Church, Fair Haven, Vt. He also served the First Congregational Church, Fall River, Mass. (minister of education); First Congregational Church, Tacoma, Wash. (senior minister); and Bethany Union Church, Chicago, Ill. (minister of growth and development).
He was honored to serve as associate executive secretary and dean of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches in Oak Creek, Wis. As dean, he mentored men and women who were studying to serve in the Lord's work as pastors and christian education directors, of which his daughter Merrilynn was a graduate of the foundation.
He also served at McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, Wash., as the first minister to come onto the island to direct a Bible study.
During his first retirement from the ministry, Rev. Dr. Brown accepted a call to serve as an interim pastor for Nantmeal Methodist Church in Nantmeal. Planning on serving for one year, seven and half years later, Rev. Brown retired for a second time, moving his wife and himself to Live Oak, Fla.
While there he accepted yet another call; he produced and did the "Good Side of the News."
Rev. Dr. Brown was a Gospel preacher, anchored in the Old Testament, preaching the Good News of the Redeeming Grace of God throughout his life as a servant of God.
Rev. Dr. Brown's memorial service was conducted on Saturday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. at Olivet United Methodist Church, Third Avenue and East Chestnut Street, Coatesville. Dr. Thomas Richard, executive director of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, Oak Creek, Wis., and Merrilynn Wheeler (Rev. Brown's daughter) officiated.