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Brown, James Albert

d. February 25, 2014

James Albert Brown II, age 67, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife Sondra, children Eric (Vi), Heath (Traci) and Shannon; Grandchildren Kiley and Logan Brown of North Carolina; sisters Pam (Joseph) Putnam, Patti (Mike) Torchia, and Elizabeth (Joel) Jones; brother-in-law John Doan; eight nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Patricia Brown, and his brother Edward Brown.

He was born on August 18, 1946 in Springfield, IL the son of James Albert Brown I and Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Whitley.

He married Sondra Doan on September 10, 1971.

James attended Auburn schools until 1960 and then graduated from Springfield High School in 1964.

He served in the United States Navy on the USS Mc Caffery as an electronics mechanic during the Vietnam War, and considered himself a Navy man until the day he died. James retired from Ameritech in 1994, served as a union steward for IBEW, then retired from Illinois Primary Healthcare Association.

He coached Dale Tuebner little league and was a Cub Scout Den Leader. James was also a die hard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10 AM until time of funeral service at 11 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.

Burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, IL.

Memorials can be made to American Lung Association, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, Illinois 62711.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.


  1. Breath easy, and, run free. Love, hugs, and, prayers.

  2. Aunt Sondra, Eric, Heath, and Shannon: I will remember Uncle Jim for his laugh, sense of humor, and love for you all. Please know that I am thinking of you all and sending prayers for strength your way. Love Chris

  3. Sondra,

    Your family and you are in my Prayers.

  4. Eric and Heath – I am so sorry for your loss. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Jill

  5. Eric and Heath,

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your entire family. May God comfort and give you strength during this difficult time.


  6. Dear Sondra and Family, I have so many fond memories of Jimmy from our “growing up years”: his beautiful, twinkling blue eyes (with a slighly mischievous glint), broad smile and infectious laugh. He was such fun to be around. I hold those memories dear, and even across time and distance, know that he was a truly gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I wish you many moments of peace and quiet healing in the times ahead, as well as comfort from the love of family and friends. Love, Christine

  7. Sondra I was sadden to hear about Jim’s passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you. I know he has fought a long battle but he is now a peace and in Heaven with Sharon and they both will be looking down on you as they are angels.

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