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1865 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-241-5665
Fax: 616-241-5247
Franklin Brown

Franklin Brown

Sunday, March 4th, 1934 - Thursday, June 10th, 2021
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Franklin (Frank) Brown (of Grand Rapids, MI) departed this life on June 10th, 2021 at the age of87. Frank was born on March 4, 1934 to Reverend Samuel David (S.D.) Brown and Mary (Cooper) Brown in Birmingham, AL, the 7th of 11 children. He attended Swift Memorial Junior College (East Tennessee). He enlisted in the Army and served this country, most notably and honorablyin the Korean War) from November 4th, 1952 until October 20th, 1955. Afterwards, he attendedAnderson College (Indiana).Frank was a professional floor cleaner for over 20 years. He owned his own carpeting business(Brown’s Floor Covering) starting in the 1990s until retiring in the early 2000s.He had a real love of music and loved to sing and worship God through song. One of his favorite songs to sing and sometimes play on the piano was Soon and Very Soon; another was Jesus Build a Fence All Around Me. He was often asked to sing solos in churches.He was preceded in death by both of his parents and 8 siblings: Charles, Alpheus, Elnora, Marguerite, Sam, J.D., Fredrick and Evelyn.Frank leaves behind to cherish: his wife Valerie Sharp Brown (Grand Rapids, MI), four daughters: Carol Brown (Lynwood, CA), Anjanette Brown (Pittsburg, CA), Dianne Brown (Blacklick, OH) & Alysia (son-in-law Lynn) Lightfoot (Grand Rapids, MI); three granddaughters: Anakia, Azaria and Amaria Lightfoot (all of Grand Rapids, MI), and great-grandson Jaxson Novak (Grand Rapids, MI), a brother Moses Brown (Kent, WA), a sister Lucy Brown (San Antonio TX), sisters-in-law Bernice Brown and Alberta Brown, Uncle Curtis “Buster” Brown and Aunt Jean Brown and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.The family asks for continued prayers in their time of bereavement. Visitation services will be held at the Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel (Grand Rapids, MI) on Tuesday, June 15th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be handled by Officer Funeral Home (East Saint Louis, IL).
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    Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel
    1865 Eastern Ave SE
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49507
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Alvin Brown

Posted at 01:46pm
Frank was a wonderful and amazing man. He brought so much joy and laughter to my life. He loved to have fun and we enjoyed many good times together. We lived together in Lake Owesgo for a while and we got along great until one day he made me so mad that I tried to kill him. I tried to run him over with my car but I missed by inches. He forgave me and worked our problem out. Frank was a generous ,kind and fun loving man.I loved him very much and will miss him.


Posted at 11:28pm
The years we spent together in Portland were some of the greatest memories…. It seems like yesterday when dad and I were making a snow man…. And the laughs we had!!!! Miss you Carol Yolanda💕

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