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Thomas Brown

August 16, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BROWN, Thomas Orlanda, 73, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Friday, August 9, 2013, in Wheeling Hospital.

Mr. Brown was born September 1, 1939, in Wheeling, a son of the late Henry and Grace (Finney) Brown.

He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Elks Keystone Lodge 6, the JC's; the Order of Eastern Star of Ohio and the Masonic Lodge, Booker T. Washington 78.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Lovie Brown, Henrietta (Freddie) Cauthen, Joyce Woods and Norma Jean Jacobs; and a brother, LaVern Brown.

He is survived by his former wife, Gerladine Brown; 10 children, Thomas Brown, Jr (Vernita), Fred Brown, Janet "Gigi" Redman, April Blackwell, Rita Walker, Camille Black well, Raeann Blackwell, Jermain Walker, Kumika Butler and Julius Brown; two step-children, Darnell and Bridget Dreher; a brother-in-law, Frank Woods; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; caretakers, Lovell Sissy Bradley, Bobbi Brown, Joe Armstrong, Michelle Scott and Mary Alice; special friend, Debbie Boone; and Goddaughter, Carnessa Drake.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at noon, Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Wheeling, with the Rev. Dr. Melvin Rippy officiating.

Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling

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