BROWN, Joseph L. Sr., 72, of Rayland, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Valley Hospice Care Center North in Steubenville, Ohio.
He was born Nov. 2, 1940, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, a son of the late Clarence and Mae E. (Fithen) Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen L. (Ogden) Brown; six brothers, Charles, Carl "Baldy", Clifford "Lem," Arthur, Daniel, and Clarence "Wes" Brown; and a sister, Mary Ann Brown.
Joe was a mechanic at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp., retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Rush Run Christian Union Church; the Smithfield Masonic Lodge 182 F&AM; and the Mingo Sportsman Club. He enjoyed farming and going to Buckeye Local football games.
Surviving are a son, Joseph L. (Brenda) Brown, Jr. of Bloomingdale, Ohio; two daughters, Lisa K. Brown and her companion, Dave DeChristopher of Rayland, and Renee' Brown and her companion, Dave Striffler of Rayland, Ohio; two brothers, Russell Brown, and William (Joan) Brown, both of Rayland; a sister, Martha (James) Seabright of Bethany, WV; and a special niece, P.J. Young of Rayland, Ohio.
Friends will be received at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 712 Third St., Brilliant on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Roger Wayne, officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial Contributions may be directed in Joe's memory to Valley Hospice, Inc., 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, Ohio 43943.
Offer condolences at www.wheelerfuneralhomes.com.