BROWN, JAMES LESLIE - Benton County, Arkansas | JAMES LESLIE BROWN - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

James Leslie BROWN

Oak Hill (Siloam Springs) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

James
July 15 1948 - Oct 3 2011

*Obituary
Northwest Arkansas Times
October 5, 2011

James Leslie Brown, born July 15, 1948, left the music of this world to share in the glorious melodies of heaven on Oct. 3, 2011.
James was born in Bentonville to Ethel Jean Wiseman Brown and Charles Leslie Brown.
He graduated from the Bentonville High School in 1966 and maintained many friendships he began there and with his youth group at the First Baptist Church Siloam Springs, Ark.
James attended the University of Arkansas studying business, but was perhaps most fond of his memories as a tuba player for the Razorback band from 1966-1969. He is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He also attended Central State University in Edmond, Okla., where he studied music. He spent many years as a music minister in Arkansas and Oklahoma churches, including Caudle Avenue Baptist Church, Greenland First Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Porter, Okla.

James was an independent insurance agent until he began work for the Veterans Administration in 1984 at the Fayetteville Veterans Medical Center. He transferred to the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City and later returned to the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in 1999. He worked many jobs during his VA career, but was ultimately trained as an information specialist and spent the past 20 years happily working with the computer systems of the VA. He loved his work and was fond of saying he got "paid to play with computers all day."

James was a member of the 188th Air National Guard Tactile Reconnaissance Group for 18 years and worked for the Oklahoma Air National Guard 205th Communications Installation Squadron retiring as a technical sergeant. James was a licensed pilot and spent many hours soaring the skies and even more hours talking to others who shared his love of flight.

Among other hobbies, James was happy the past years sharing time with others who loved barbecue and barbecue competition. He was a life member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and achieved status as a Master Certified Barbecue Judge.

He is survived by his wife, Salena Wright-Brown; stepson, Parker Zielinski with wife, Ricketta; and his children, Kirk Brown and Emily Thomas. He is also survived by his father, Charles Leslie Brown; father-in-law, Walter Schrader; sister, Lydia Noll with husband, Alan, of Siloam Springs; and brother, Charlie Brown with wife, Lane, of Birmingham, Ala. He is also survived by dedicated in-laws, Michael and Robin Schrader and Jennifer Yaffe.
He dearly loved his grandchildren, Sarah Mary Michele Brown, Zachary Caleb Brown, Kendra Jai Zielinski and Christian Henry Zielinski, as well as his beloved nephews Jacob, Jared, Jackson Noll and step-nieces and -nephews, Megan Schrader, Preston Schrader, Simon Yaffe and Hannah Yaff e. He is also survived by a large extended family, including aunts, Bobbie Wiseman, Marie Wiseman, Frances Brown and cousins stretching from coast to coast.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Jean Wiseman Brown; and mother-in-law, Virginia Schrader.

Services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Lowell, Ark., on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs.

Plot: Block 13

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