Robert Lee Brown, Jr.

Robert Lee Brown, Jr., 78, of Brodnax, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

Robert’s life journey began July 21, 1938, when he was born to the late Robert and Minerva Brown. He was the third of five children (Charles Tanner (deceased), Willard Tanner, Virgie Simmons (deceased) and James Brown.

Robert was baptized at an early age at Prospect RZUA Church, Brodnax, VA, and was a member of Miles Bethel Memorial, CME Church in La Crosse, VA. He received his early education in the public school system of Brunswick County. In 1956, he was drafted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean and Vietnam War. His tour of duty took him to Korea, Panama and Vietnam. The best years of his military service were spent working for the Military District of Washington, Ceremonies & Special Events at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC. More than 15 years of his military service was served there. A dedicated soldier at heart, Robert continued to serve his country as Superintendent of the Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. Even after his second retirement, Robert continued serving at Oris P. Jones Funeral Establishment.

On July 14, 1962, he married his best friend, Yvonne Mushaw, whom he remained loyal and dedicated to until his passing. They were married for 54 years. He was the proud father of their two sons, Darrell A. Brown and Derreck R. Brown.

After more than forty years of life away from Brodnax, VA, Robert and Yvonne came back home in 2006 to enjoy retirement, to care for Yvonne’s mother in her later years, and to serve in Miles Bethel Memorial C.M.E. Church as a member of the Steward Board, President of the Men’s Chorus and Chairperson for Ministry of Men. He enjoyed gardening and landscaping, visiting friends and family, watching politics and sports.

In addition to his devoted wife Yvonne and two sons, Darrell and Derreck, Robert is survived by: daughter-in-law, Robin Pena Brown and Christopher Johnson; brothers, Willard Tanner (Christine) and James Brown (Bessie); brother-in-law, Frederick Mushaw (Shirley); sister-in-law, Josephine Tanner; cousins, nieces and nephews; special family friend, Carolyn Newell and Keisha “the cat”; close family friends, Cindy Lopez, Elaine Hart, Isabel Arrietta, Anita Reed, Carolyn Goode, Pamela Jerman, Twinette Harrison, Franklin Evans; as well as doctors and nurses of Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD, VCU Richmond Hospital and VCU South Hill Hospital (Hendricks Cancer Center).

In lieu of flowers, the Brown family asks that you make donations to the VCU Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, P.O. Box 90, South Hill, VA 23970, c/o CMH Foundation.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Miles Bethel Memorial CME Church, La Crosse, VA with Rev. Aretha V. Preston officiating. Viewing will be at the funeral home 2-6 pm, Saturday, July 15, 2017 and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Services entrusted to Robert’s OPJ Family, Oris P. Jones Funeral Est., South Hill, VA.