James Brown


James Brown, 74, of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Cleveland.

He was a member of Cleveland Cowboy Church, where he was an associate pastor for four years. He also served as a missionary at Monterrey, Mexico, for 14 years, where he and his wife, Madge, both taught and he preached.

He was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and his favorite thing to do was to study the Bible.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luke and Nannie Brown of Cleveland; his sister, Betty Goins of Cleveland; his nephew, Bobbie Arp of Cleveland; and his niece, Johnnie Emma Arp of Cleveland.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Madge Albritton Brown of Cleveland; his sister, Patsy Arp of Cleveland; as well as, several beloved nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wally Varnell officiating.

Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Mount Olive Church of God Cemetery in Cleveland. A white dove release ceremony and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday prior to the service.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Brown family guestbook at


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