James S. Brown, talented singer, musician

November 21, 2017

James S. Brown, 83, of Ocean View, formerly of Succasunna, N.J., went home to be with the Lord Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was born in the Bronx, N.Y., May 28, 1934, the son of the late James Brown and Caroline (Hegan) Brown. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, where he played the bagpipes for the U.S. Army Pipe and Drum Band. Jim retired as a carpet salesman in 1999 where he served the entire East Coast.
He was a faithful member of Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, where he sang tenor in the choir, and was also a past member of the Succasunna United Methodist Church and choir in New Jersey. Jim loved music and could play the guitar, bagpipes and the trumpet. He was a member of the Nautical Sounds Barbershop Chorus, where he was part of the main chorus, and was also in a quartet. Jim enjoyed living near the ocean where he would spend countless hours swimming. He was a very family-oriented man who would never miss one of his grandchildren's sporting or musical events.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Fergusson. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Frances Ann (Gibson) Brown; three children, Gregory Brown and his wife Bonnie of Elmwood Park, N.J., Leslie Edgar and her husband John of Alexandria, Va., and Christopher Brown of Ocean View. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jack Edgar, Luke Edgar and Rory Edgar; and a sister, Caroline Grotz of Princeton Junction, N.J.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Ave., Ocean View. Interment will be held at the Succasunna United Methodist Cemetery in Succasunna.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Jim's name to the Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, or to Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Ave., Ocean View, DE 19970.
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