YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Funeral services were held on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at The New Hope Baptist Church, for Deacon Kenneth Paul Brown, 83, Youngstown, who passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Veteran’s Hospice Facility in Warren, Ohio.
Deacon Brown was born on March 5, 1934 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, a son of the late Blanche Barnes and Samuel Roosevelt Brown.
Deacon Brown attended Lincoln School and Wilkesboro High School.
He retired from construction of the Local 125 Union Hall.
He served in the Army of the United States in the years of 1952-1956, receiving a Certificate of Training in the Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Deacon Brown was ordained a deacon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. William N. Nixon. He served as Sunday School teacher and Supervisor of the Youth Choir. He later united with the New Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Joe Bankston. There he served on the Deacon and Trustee Boards; Sunday School Superintendent and teacher; Supervisor of the Youth Department and Youth Choir; he became Senior Emeritus Deacon; he was a member of the Mahoning-Shenango Valley Deacon Union; and Local 125 International Laborers Union.
Deacon Brown united in Holy Matrimony to Rosetta Glover on August 20, 1960 and they were married for 56 blissful years.
Along with his loving wife the City-Wide Rap Sessions was formed, where many youth were licensed to preach the gospel. He continued his street ministry by serving, preaching, and teaching persons on their level at the Fifth Avenue McDonalds. Many persons grew to love and respect him as he embraced them with the love of God. he and his wife also had a traveling Christian Ministry abroad within the State for many years. They were also foster parents for a number of years for the Mahoning County Children Services Board.
Deacons Brown’s memories and legacy will forever be cherished by his loving, devoted and faithful wife, Rosetta Glover-Brown; son, Kelvan Paul (Kimberly) Brown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; daughter, Denese Brown-Hurt-Vaughn, Las Vegas, Nevada; 11 grandchildren, including three of whom he reared, Terria, Brown-Hurt, Tanisha Hurt and Tiara Hurt. He also reared his wife’s siblings. Sisters-in-law, Ernestine Watkins, Carolyn Richardson and the late Viola Gregory and a brother-in-law, the late Willie D. Gregory; two sisters, Pealie Ann Brown and Margie Ann Brown-Wells of Wilkesboro, North Carolina and a special cousin/caretaker, Ann Moncrief.
Preceding him in death are his parents; four brothers, Pressley, Bill Shelton, Joseph and Gordon Brown and one grandson, Keyonte.
Arrangements handled by F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.