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YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Mr. Johnnie R. Brown, 65, who departed this life Tuesday at his residence.

Mr. Brown was born July 11, 1953, in Youngstown, a son of Solomon and Beatrice Brown and he was raised by his grandmother, Willie Mae Brown.

Johnnie was a graduate of Ursuline High School and attended Youngstown State University and majored in criminal justice. He worked at Wing United Samson Steel, Mahoning County Children Services and was a member of St. Columba Cathedral. He also had various businesses including a candy store and a restaurant.

He leaves his former spouse, Gladys Mcintosh-Thomas; his children, Samantha (Terran) Holland, Stephanie, Syreena, Ashlea, and Alisha Brown; his siblings, Geraldine L. Brooks, Cornelia L. Gonzalez-Williams, Cynthia D., Stephen, Danine Brown; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Solomon Jr. and Mark Brown.

The family will receive friends 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Guestbook Entries


“Sorry for your loss but we wish our DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY”

 » The BETHEL FAMILY on August 10, 2018


“Dear Samantha, Stephanie, Syreena, Ashlea and Alisha. I’m so sorry to hear that your dad has passed. I will remember the great times we had with him and you on the softball field and at get togethers. Morgan will be happy to greet him in heaven and heaven will never be the same. God bless you all, Mary ”

 » Mary Gould  on August 10, 2018


“My thoughts and prayers are with my family at this difficult and sorrowful time. Norman Jay - Anchorage, Alaska”

 » Norman Jay on August 10, 2018

More than my client

“I met Johnnie almost two years ago, and I want all of you to know he lived his best life, he loved unconditional and accepted people for who they were. He was my bestest friend, I will forever carry his life lessons and all the memories with me. I am forever grateful for him being in my life. He said, "don't cry over me, this is just a body" he was right, but, losing him made me realize he was more than just a body. His words of wisdom, his laughter and his jokes will forever stay with me. I love you Johnnie Brown, always, your friend Jess the mess.”

 » Jessica Jewell on August 10, 2018

My deepest condolences

“Now is Johnnie’s time to rest...may Jehovah God the God of all comfort...comfort his family and friends in this time of need...2 Corinthians 1:3,4”

 » KMB  on August 23, 2018

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