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Leroy R. Brown

June 25, 1933 ~ December 22, 2020 (age 87)


The Obituary

Leroy R. Brown was born June 25, 1933 in Washington, DC.  He was one of four sons born to the late James Roosevelt Brown and Odean Elizabeth Brown. 


Leroy was raised in a Christian environment and graduated from the Washington DC public school system.  In 1952 he moved to the Philadelphia area for better job opportunities.  Always known for being extremely punctual and a hard worker, Leroy worked in several positions before settling at Bell Atlantic telephone company, where he worked for several years before retiring as a technician.


Leroy met the love of his life, Eleanor, to whom he married and spent 47 wonderful years together sharing the same interests and faith.  They alternately worshipped at Zion Baptist Church and Mother Bethel AME church in Philadelphia.  They were generous, and very involved in charitable events on a voluntary basis.  The couple enjoyed traveling to Europe and Africa, as well as touring the United States. 


When physically able, Leroy took pleasure in a multitude of hobbies and interests.  He knew his way around the kitchen, especially as it pertained to baking.  Family members and friends alike can recall enjoying his delicious apple cakes and pies.  He took great pride in the home that he shared with Eleanor, and could often be found landscaping and performing maintenance tasks on his home.  Leroy was an avid sports fan, and loved the Washington Redskins as well as watching collegiate basketball and football. 


Leroy touched many lives in a special way, often injecting humor into any conversation.  On December 22, 2020, he passed away peacefully at the Sunrise of Granite Run Assisted Living Facility in Lima, Pennsylvania, where he joins his parents, James and Elizabeth, and three brothers, Oliver, James, and Donald who preceded him in death.   He leaves a legacy of love and cherished memories to his loving wife, Eleanor; brother-in-law and caregiver, Arthur; and a host of other loving relatives on both sides and many special friends. 


Leroy has fulfilled his pre-ordained life purpose while with us, so let us all take comfort in that our dearly departed loved one is in good hands.  His aches, pains and the troubles of this world are no more.  May he rest in peace awaiting the resurrection – the blessed hope assured and promised by our Lord and Savior upon his return.  


Submitted With Love,

The Family   

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December 31, 2020

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Bruce R. Hawkins Funeral Home
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19126-2844

Celebration of Life
December 31, 2020

10:00 AM
Bruce R. Hawkins Funeral Home
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19126-2844


Ivy Hill Cemetery
1201 Easton Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19150

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