John William Brown, “JB”, age 82, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home in Oklahoma City, September 21, 2017. Before moving to Oklahoma in 1982, he lived in Westlake, OH where he and his family lived in the home he built. He was born in Ooltewah, TN on November 16, 1934 to Hubert and Bess Brown. He was a self-employed, highly skilled carpenter and worked hard well into his 70s.
John was also an incredibly talented musician and spent many years playing guitar and singing with his band, Johnny Brown and the Stringbusters. He shared the stage with many famous country music icons, including Dottie West, Little Jimmy Dickens and others. His beautiful voice was the highlight of many family gatherings and he had many signature duets he would sing with his wife and children. John also spent many years building racecars with his son, Jay, who took countless victory laps throughout his racing years in the #57 car. He was a man of many talents, many of which were passed onto his six children.
He was married to his beautiful wife, Clois, for 42 years. They were blessed with six children, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren (and one more on the way).
He is survived by his three sons and three daughters; Jay Brown and wife Sandy of Lakewood, OH; Kathi King of Oklahoma City, OK; Lori Kimbro of Phoenix, AZ; Terry Brown of Oklahoma City, OK; Jerry Brown and wife Pam of Oklahoma City, OK and Judi Startzman and husband Jason of Edmond, OK, grandchildren; Jay King, Justin King, Tara Bivins, Richelle Webb, Cody Brown, Breanna Brown, Nickolaus Brown, Zack Brown, Noah Startzman and Luke Startzman; his sister, Darlin Delores Clingon of Sorrento, FL, and many great grandchildren and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his wife Clois, his parents Hubert and Bess and grandson Jeffery.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm, Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Resthaven Funeral Home with burial in the Garden of Prophets at Resthaven Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 3pm to 8pm Wednesday at Resthaven, located at SW 104th and S. Walker in Oklahoma City.