OBITUARY

James Elzia Brown Jr.

April 27, 1964October 8, 2021

James Elzia Brown Jr., age 57, of Burleson, Texas passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021. James Eliza Brown, Jr, was born on a beautiful day April 27, 1964 to James and Evelyn Brown in Fort Worth, Texas. His parents and siblings were very proud and excited to welcome their bouncing baby boy and brother into their lives. He was truly a gift from God. James attended public school in the Fort Worth Independent School District. He graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School in June 1982. James always believed in learning so, he attended college where he majored in Electrical Engineering. Honing in on his wood-working and carpentry skills he obtained from high school, James started a successful remodeling company. While continually desiring to improve his personal skills James became a licensed locksmith, certified welder and professional cabinet maker. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, dominos, and watching the Dallas Cowboys. He loved joking that he was the best hunter, fisherman, and domino player ever. His kind, caring and fun-loving personality provided him with many friends. James never met a stranger and was always willing to help those in need. James loved his family dearly. While operating his remodeling company James was also a dedicated employee of General Motors located in Arlington, Texas. During his employment at General Motors he exhibited great work ethics, leadership skills, passion, and loyalty to the United Auto Workers union (UAW). James, better known as JB became involved with the union and held many positions during his tenure. JB was elected as an UAW Alternate Committeeman, and soon elected to Committeeman. He used these two positions to further his UAW involvement to become the first African American Financial Secretary for UAW Local 276. He successfully won and ran for this office three terms. His people skills gained him the trust of his peers. Next, JB ran for President of UAW Local 276 and won. In this role, again, he achieved another great accomplishment as the first African American to serve as President of UAW Local 276. He was in this role for approximately one and a half terms until being appointed to the position of Region 5 Servicing Representative. JB was admired in this position by his constituents because he worked passionately with perseverance to resolve their issues. He was a dedicated leader for the UAW. He worked as a Servicing Representative for Region 5 until he retired in 2018 due to health issues. James was preceded in death by his parents: James and Evelyn Brown, Grandmother: Arlena Hayes, Grandfather: William James E Brown, Grandmother: Ethel Amie, Sister: Beverly Geter, Brother: Lynn (Ricky) Geter, Nephews: Decovan Geter, and Aaron Thompson. James leaves to mourn: son, James E Brown III, sisters: Rachel (Ron), Kathy and Sharon. Nieces and nephews: Christopher Jeffery, Brittany, Broderick (Crystal), Terisha, Montreal, Tyra, and Crystal. Great nephews and nieces: Christopher Jr, Nicolas, William, Anakin, Morgan, Jeffery Jr, Xavier, and Teighlor. A very Special Aunt Hattie Ashby, God sister: Courtenay Patton. Two very special brothers: Seth Hayes, and Derwin Sneed (Bus). A host of very loving cousins and a multitude of friends.

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Services

  • Wake

    Friday, October 15, 2021

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  • Celebration of His Life & Legacy

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

Memories

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Ollie Green-Epps

October 25, 2021

My condolences to the Brown family. Bird was a good guy. I've known him for many, many years. He was one of my students at Wyatt and then I had his son Trey as one of my students. May God bless and keep each one of you.

ralph walsh

October 18, 2021

James Brown was a sharp, humble GOD fearing man who helped many people. James left his mark and will be missed. RIP

Cheryl Stubblefield

October 18, 2021

Condolences to the family. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. I met JB many years ago. He influenced and impacted my labor movement assignment. He supported and encouraged me to stand before my sisters and brothers and speak about the UAW. He was always available when I called to answer my questions and offer advise ; for that I’m forever grateful. Being a single mom but still traveling with limited funds, Mrs. Essie and JB would give me Starbuck cards to tied me over . I truly have witnessed acts of kindness and blessings. Rest Easy.

Seth and Rene Hayes

October 17, 2021

Dear Kathy,

Cherish the fond memories that you and your little brother shared. These memories will certainly bring joy and laughter to your heart. Seth and I offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family and friends. God will provide you peace, strength, comfort, and healing in the loss of your beloved brother and our beloved friend.


Seth and Rene Hayes

TC , Terry Carter

October 17, 2021

RIH “JB”you will be truly missed

Royalynn Newby

October 16, 2021

I've known you all my life friend, I will truly miss you.

Bobbie Scott

October 16, 2021

Life throws us many heartaches, but God will keep us strong. Don't cry for JB because now he's walking streets of gold. Can you imagine? He has transitioned and made it to his Heavenly home. Kathy, you and the family have my deepest sympathy and condolences.
Bobbie Scott

Flora Ward

October 16, 2021

JB was a great person and his family was always loved! We miss him!! Even though he was retired . Be blessed family you’re in our prayers!

Debra Sue Johnson

October 16, 2021

Dear Kathy,
Please accept my sympathy at this sad time. I was shocked to hear that you lost your beloved brother JB. He was such a nice person, and nice to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.


With Deepest Sympathy,
Debra Sue Johnson

James and Dorothy Fuller

October 15, 2021

With deepest condolence to the family on the lost of your love one. May God give strength at this time.

FROM THE FAMILY