Samuel Brown

Obituary of Samuel Brown

SAMUEL E. BROWN, 93, of Corning, NY, formerly of Foxboro, MA, passed into his Savior's presence on June 26 with his wife of 70 years, Mary-Louise (Manson) Brown at his side. Born April 6, 1925 in Saugus, MA the son of George A. and Mabel (Osborne) Brown, he was one of 17 children.

'Sam' married 'MaryLou' on April 30, 1948 at the First Christian Church of West Mansfield, MA.

Sam attended the Foxboro schools and entered the Navy on July 7, 1943 and was a 'Seabee' in Guam and was awarded an honorable discharge at the conclusion of the war.

Upon returning to Foxboro, Sam was employed in a variety of businesses and was encouraged by his employer to branch out on his own, eventually becoming, along with his wife, the owner-operator of Brown's Oil Service.

Although raised as a non-believer, Sam had a transforming spiritual experience at age 29 and became a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. He and MaryLou began attending the Church of Emmanuel in Foxboro, MA where he eventually served as an elder for 11 years. During this time, he helped conduct services at rescue missions, the East Bridgewater State prison, nursing homes, and did hospital visits on a regular basis. While delivering heating oil to his customers, he also delivered the gospel to all who listened, with many themselves becoming believers. Somehow he also found time to attend Providence-Barrington Bible College (Providence, RI) and felt a call to go into pastoral ministry.

In 1970, Sam and MaryLou sold the oil business and their home and moved to Maine where at the the time there was an estimated 800 closed churches. First licensed to preach by the C&MA and later by the American Baptist Society, Sam was called upon to revive many struggling churches and to restart some that had already closed. A number of those churches are still thriving.

Sam and MaryLou retired to New Port Ritchey, FL and later moved to Rossville, GA where they became members of the Fort Oglethorpe Baptist church of Chattanooga, TN. Three years ago they moved to Corning, NY are to be with their son and became active in Grace Fellowship of Corning, NY.

Sam will always be remembered by his family for his cheerful whistle, insatiable love of reading the Bible and Christian literature and having his family in church whenever the doors were open, including on those rare family vacations. He had a great sense of God's faithfulness to him to the very end.

Sam was predeceased by his parents and brothers Vincent, Gordon, Lloyd, Theodore, Konrad, and sisters, Mabel, Edna, Janice, Cynthia and Linda.

Sam is survived by his children, Laurel (Bill) Fasulo, the Rev. Gary (Donna) Brown, Roger (Linda) Brown, Wayne (Gina) Brown, and Carol (Robert) Vance, and siblings: Hazel Marvel, Marilyn Weir, Muriel Bishop, Alice Elmitt, Thelma Henry, and Donald Brown.

He and Mary-Louise had 10 grandchildren: Heidi Zelch, Scott Werner, Kevin Werner, Amy Smaldone, Joanne Hunt, Rebecca Cravatta, Jason Brown, KeriLyn Bohne-Taylor, Tracy Murphy, and Brandon Vance.

They also had 15 great grandchildren, 2 great great children, and nieces and nephews too numerous to count.

A private memorial service will be held at a later time and place determined by his children.

Condolences may be sent to Mary-Louise Brown, 209 Townley Hill Rd., Corning, NY 14830.

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