In Memory of Bro. Joseph Marion Brown Jr.

Bro. Brown Receives his 50 yr. Pin from R.W. Melvin Crowder

Joseph Marion Brown Jr., 79, of Roanoke, died Thursday, October 25, 2012. He was born on July 1, 1933, in McCormick, S.C. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired after 33 years of service as a territory sales manager with Reckitt and Coleman, formerly R.T. French Company. He has been a Mason and a Shriner for over 50 years. He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph M. Brown Sr. and Annie Lucile Keown Brown; and his wife, Mary Jane Royall Brown.
He is survived by his daughter, Anne Royall Brown Neff and her husband, Mitch; son, Joseph M. (Trey) Brown III and his wife, Angela; grandson, Joshua Marion Brown; and granddaughters, Shelby Anne Brown and Reagan Hope Brown.
A Memorial Service was held at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Tanner and the Rev. James Reynolds officiating. The Worshipful Master and brethren of Pleasants Lodge #63 AF&AM were in attendance and Masonic Rites were performed. Interment will be held at a later date in McCormick, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, 1706 Grandin Road, Roanoke, VA 24015-2816; the Parkinson’s Foundation or to Gentle Shepherd Hospice. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Oakey’s South Chapel, 540-989-3131. Online condolences may be made at

Passing of a Member

Brother Carter Whitlow Radford was born in December 1943, raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in April of 1982, and has been called to be with his Maker in the Celestial Lodge above. Arrangements are as follows:

  • Visitation: Family Choice Funeral Home. Valley View Blvd. Thursday, March 8th from 6pm to 8pm
  • Funeral: Family Choice Funeral Home. Valley View Blvd. Friday, March 9th 11AM
  • Internment and Masonic Rites: Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Airport Rd. Immediately following the funeral.

Please join us as we pay our respects to our departed brother.