Luther McDonald Brown

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U.S. Veteran World War II

        With his family by his side, God called his son to rest on Sunday, January 29, 2006. Luther McDonald Brown was born July 14, 1919 to the late John Brown and Lula Carter Brown of Powhatan, Virginia. He was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.

        Luther attended the Belona School House in Powhatan County. At age eighteen he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he served for two years. He was trained as a truck driver and an auto mechanic. He later served in the United States Army during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre.

        At an early age Luther accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he attended regularly until his health declined.

        During his active years Luther enjoyed hunting, fishing, walking, working in his garden and especially cleaning and driving his Chevy pickup truck. He was a member of the Shining Light Masonic Lodge No. 272.

        Luther's final place of employment was the Defense General Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia. As a heavy equipment mechanic he received many commendation during his career and retired after 20 years of dedicated service.

        He leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted wife of fifty-seven years, Kate Sharpe Brown; four children, Emmett V. Brown (Yowanda) and Tonya C. Brown of Powhatan, VA, Jeanette M. Johnson of Tacoma Park, MD and Anthony L. Brown (Dawn) of Roanoke, VA; eight grandchildren, Donna Brown (Darryl), James Johnson III, Brandon Woodson, Whitney, Maxwell, Emmett II, Clayton and Rayven Brown; five great-grandchilden, Darryl, Tanzania and Atalia Brown, James IV and Samuel Johnson; four sisters, Louise Williams and Mahala Hargrave of Goochland, VA, Shirley Brown and Earlene Wilson of Richmond, VA; two brothers-in-law, Wilmore Sharpe of Richmond, VA, Charlie Sharpe (Sarah) of Randallstown, MD; three sisters-in-law, Blanche Anderson (Edwin), Annie Harden (Willie) both of Goochland, VA and Catherine Turner of Hicksville, NY.

        Also surviving is a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends, with one devoted niece, Alzene Harris of Richmond, Virginia.

Without a farewell you fell asleep,
With only memories of us to keep.
A pleasant smile, a heart of gold.
No finer person this world could hold.

Peacefully sleeping
Resting at last,
The world's weary troubles
And trails are past,

In silence he suffered,
In patience he bore
Till God called him
Home to suffer no more.

The Family


We sincerely express our deepest gratitude for all acts of
kindness and expressions of sympathy during this
time. How comforting it is to be reminded
that our loss is heaven's gain. May
God bless each of you.

The Family
reprinted by permission