Obituary of Gregory Brown
Gregory Lee Brown, Sr. passed away on September 26, 2020.
Gregory Lee Brown, Sr. was born on January 5, 1957 in Washington, DC to the late Mrs. Mae Sue Brown and Mr. Robert Lee Brown Sr. He attended Logan Elementary School, Stuart Junior High School, and H.D. Woodson Senior High School. He was a beloved student athlete, gentle, considerate and a loving person. He cared for the class of 1976, especially his football team. He was the first defensive player to walk on as freshmen. He was a high priority defensive lineman. By eleventh grade, he helped the team to dominate the In High Network and he helped to win the East High & City Championship that year, leading by double digits. He was a first team All American nominated #1 defensive end. He was one of the first that year to get a college scholarship. He went to Eastern Illinois University. After a couple of semesters, he worked as a construction worker in 1980 where he was discovered by one of his old coaches. He was recommended to Dick Vermeil to try out for the Philadelphia Eagles. After making the team, he played on the D line for six seasons. He concluded his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons after two years.
Gregory was generous, thoughtful, laidback, and warm. He cherished all of his familial and collegial relationships. He met and married the love of his life on July 2, 1984. They enjoyed a beautiful marriage caring for their family. After the NFL, Gregory continued to extend the love and care to children and young people in the juvenile justice system. He also was a mentor, coach and chaperone to aspiring AAU basketball players. He travelled faithfully every year to Las Vegas, NV to support the young men in their hoop dreams.
Gregory Brown Sr. cherishingly leaves behind Vallery Brown, an awesome, devoted wife of thirty-six years, four children, Maurice Brown (Diedre Zoe Brown), Gregory Brown Jr, (Brandi Brown), Michael Brown and one daughter Kasha Giddins (Aparicio Giddins Jr) and nine Grandchildren (Maurice Lee Brown Jr., Marissa Brown, Marie Brown, Mitchell Brown, Reece Giddins, Ragan Giddins, Michael Lee Brown Jr., Messiah Kennon Brown and Zion Emory Brown.
Gregory also leaves behind sisters Evon Davis, Tiny King (Charles King), Linda Sue Freeman (deceased), Geneva Brown (deceased) and brothers Eddie Range, Bernard Brown, Robert Thornton, Robert Lee Brown Jr., (deceased), Jerome Brown (deceased), nieces and nephews (nineteen) and a host of great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, family and friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering from 12 pm to 2 pm at McGuinness Funeral Home, 573 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell, NJ 08080. Funeral Service will begin at 1 pm.
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