Janet Brown James
October 26, 1948 – June 4, 2018
Janet Brown James, 69, passed away peacefully at her Alpharetta home on June 4, 2018. A beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and teacher, she was perhaps best known for her outgoing nature and enthusiasm for storytelling.
Born on October 26, 1948 in Macon, GA to Helen Rogers Brown and Cecil McArthur Brown, Janet was the second of four children. She had an active family life, social life, and imagination, creating fun for her siblings, acting as a leader in the church youth group, and coordinating community events for youth. It was her exuberance and smile to which her husband, Richard, was first drawn. The two experienced many years of joy together; Janet passed only one day shy of their 48th wedding anniversary.
It is no surprise that someone with such zest and creativity ultimately devoted her life to children. She earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University, and she taught grade school (ranging from Pre-K to 2nd grade). Traveling the country with her husband, she taught as nearby as Alpharetta and Macon and as far away as California. Most importantly, she was firm in her resolve to keep two brothers together despite the difficulties adoption presented; Janet’s love for her sons, Teddy and John Clark, was infinite and unwavering.
Even as her health declined in the latter years of her life, Janet remained staunchly committed to her family. She loved dinners together, group trips to Lake Sinclair, long phone conversations with her siblings, and telling stories over card games until all hours of the night.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Cecil Brown. She is survived by her beloved husband, Richard, and sons, Teddy and John Clark James. She is also survived by 3 siblings: Jerry Cecil Brown (Susan), Carole Kimberly Harrison (John), and Robert Lewis Brown (Beth); as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at H.M. Patterson & Son—Oglethorpe Hill Chapel on Monday, June 11 at 3:30pm with the Reverend Liz Pearson officiating. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are invited to the children’s programs at Mount Pisgah Methodist Church.
- Memorial Service Monday, June 11, 2018
- Reception Monday, June 11, 2018
Janet Brown James
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June 10, 2018
Mr. & Mrs. James hold, and will forever hold, a very special place in my heart.
I am an only child, and a close friend of their eldest son, Teddy. We were practically inseparable for the first half, of what has become a long distance, but uninterrupted life-long friendship of nearly 26 years.
During our childhood and into adolescence, I would spend hours on the phone, or in person just talking with Janet. Sometimes late at night and into the early hours of morning. How I truely enjoyed those chats.
I can’t help but remember how wonderfully spontaneous she could be. Sometimes deciding at a moments’ notice that she wanted to just drive up through mountains to see the beauty of the leaves changing color during the Fall season. We would all be asking ourselves “Really? At 12:00 o’clock in the afternoon, you want us to just drive to...no where, and look at leaves?” And she’d say, “yep, everyone get in the car!”, and off we’d go. Often finding ourselves stoping into the many antique shops along the river. Having lunch or an early supper at a Cracker Barrel, and enjoying the company of her family.
If there’s one thing that meant more to Janet than anything else in this world. It was family. It didn’t make much sense to me as a child, but Janet never missed an opportunity to spend time with the people she loved, often at great length or inconvenience.
In hindsight, I thank God for blessing me to be a part of that, sometimes inconvenient, story.
For years, Mr. & Mrs. James were gracious enough to invite me almost anywhere they went. The whole family making me feel as if I belonged. As If I was, a part of. I am so very grateful and love you all.
If there’s one thing I loved most and will always cherrish; Whether it was in the car on our many adventures, 2am playing Spades at the lake, or having breakfast in the mountains; It was listening to Janet tell stories. And what a storyteller she was!
May you Rest In Peace, Janet.