The WHAS Crusade for Children family is mourning the loss of a true friend and unsung hero. Reverend Jim Brown passed away after a valiant fight and an exemplary life.
Reverend Brown was a member of the Moral Side of the News for 30 years. Ministers from that panel decide where the money collected through the Crusade for Children is granted. It’s a task Rev. Brown took very seriously.
Always a kind word and a laugh were Jim’s trade mark. Our friend Jim will be missed.
Here’s more in his obituary as it appeared in the Courier-Journal.
James Herbert “Jim” Brown
BROWN, JAMES HERBERT “JIM,” a Louisville native, died June 27, 2014 in Health Care at the Forum at Brookside, where he had received tender, loving care for many weeks.
Jim held degrees from Centre College, U of L, and the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He was also a proud alumnus of Male High School and is a member of Male’s Hall of Fame.
Jim served in ministry in Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Washington D.C., and Ohio. His last pastorate was in Jeffersonville, IN. He died as Pastor Emeritus. During his pastorate he mentored numerous student pastors, a role he loved. Later he mentored students training as lay pastors.
Wherever he was, he was active in churches and civic boards, and he had a special passion for ecumenical, interfaith, and interracial work. Among numerous awards, he holds the N.A.A.C.P. Heritage Award, one from the 200 Jeffersonville Bicentennial Best, a Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Service to the WHAS Crusade for Children, on whose board he served over 30 years. He was on “The Moral Side of the News”, and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sarah Enos Brown and three children: David James Brown and his wife Terri, Mark Enos Brown, Virginia Lee Brown, Ginny, and her husband David Wallace, his sister, Martha Brown, McKnight, sisters-in-law, Margaret Sture and Patricia Sanders, and six grandchildren: Miranda Brown, Shane Brown, and Tavi Seth, Mara, and Tess Wallace, as well as many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Wanda and Herbert Brown, a sister, Wanda Owens, “Sissie”, and brother, Warren Brown, “Buddy”, and special in-laws.
Visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville, from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014. Internment will be private. A memorial service and celebration of Jim’s life will be at the church at 11 a.m. July 5, 2014, followed by lunch. A second service will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Forum at Brookside in Louisville, at 2 p.m. Arrangements: Scott Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
Memorial gifts may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut Avenue, Jeffersonville, 47130, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road, 40205, or WHAS Crusade for Children, Box 1100, 40201.