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Richard Stanley Brown, Sr.

March 29, 1938 - June 12, 2019

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Richard Stanley Brown Sr., 81, of Lynchburg, VA, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019. He was born Tuesday, March 29, 1938 in Binghamton, NY, to the late Stanley and Blanche Brown.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Daneth Baker Brown.

He is survived by his wife Joyce Whitaker Brown; children, Richard JR. (Janet) Brown of Lynchburg, VA and Dathan (Sheri) Brown of Hume, CA; Dalene (Chad Miller), Daneal (Peter Pizzuto) both of Cincinnati, OH, and David Whitaker (Lynn) of St. Petersburg, FL; sisters, Joyce Merrill of Coudersport, PA and Gail Parsons of Vestal, NY; grandchildren Rich III, Jenna (Brian Schermerhorn), Ryan, Darae, Shane, Kylee, Jillian, Talia, Amanda, Emily, Zane, Grey, Cash, Chloe, Caleb, Cayden, and Callie; great grandchildren Kalaya and Teagan.

Richard was a man who loved God.  He gave his life to follow Jesus while in his youth and knew that God had called him to preach the Word of God and serve as a pastor, which he faithfully fulfilled this calling from his early 20’s through the rest of his life.  Richard earned his academic degree from Baptist Bible Seminary and served with his wife as a missionary with Association of Baptists for World Evangelism for four years and as the senior pastor of two churches, First Baptist Church of Marathon, New York (1972-1984) and the First Baptist Church of Hobart, Indiana (1984-2016).  Dick lettered in track and cross-country while in high school in Binghamton, New York.  He was known as full of life, always filling the room with laughter and making everyone feel welcome and loved.  His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life. His hobbies included following professional sports, NASCAR and golf.  He loved to serve others, share the Word of God and seek to please Jesus Christ in all he said and did.  Richard was a faithful servant of God who has now gone home to be with his family and Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A Celebration of Richard’s life will be conducted in the next few weeks (date to be later determined) in the first church where he served as pastor, the First Baptist Church of Marathon, New York with his two sons, Richard Jr. and Dathan officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hume Lake Christian Camps (Hume Lake Christian Camps, ATTN: Development, 5545 E. Hedges Fresno, CA  93727) or Marathon Christian Academy (5 Park Street, Marathon, NY 13803).  Please make out the gift to: Pastor Richard Brown Memorial Fund.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, (434) 237-9424.

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