Oct. 19, 1938 - Jun. 07, 2014
James J. Brown (Jimmy) died peacefully at home in his favorite chair. He was born in 1938 in Natchez, MS to parents James Brown and Auretha Mitchell. In 1958, James graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles, CA, where he was a star football player. James attend LACC and while there was recruited by Annapolis to play football. In 1959 James married his wife Jo Etta Britton. On May 31, 2014, they celebrated 55 years of marriage. James worked as a Retail Grocery Manager for 35 years. He also owned two grocery stores in Southern California. In 1996, James retired and moved to Gardnerville, NV. He was a retired member of the United Food Commercial Workers Union and President of the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans, Douglas County Chapter. He was a relentless advocate for Nevada’s working families and senior citizens. James became heavily involved in local, state and national politics. He was elected First Vice President for the Nevada State Democratic Party. He had a passion for voter registration and significantly increased the number of registered Democrats in Douglas County. James served as President of the Sustainable Energy Development Associates (SEDA) which focused on environmental issues. James is survived by his wife Jo Etta; a son Kyle Brown, Los Angeles, CA; daughters, Sharon Saikali, Corona, CA; Angela Bonifacie, Montclair, NJ; Aunita Brown, San Francisco, CA; his grandchildren Alexander, Arlene, Kyle Jr, Vernice, Pascal and Adam. He is also survived by brothers Anthony, Lester, Vincent, Eric, Brian and sisters Edna and Sylvia, along with other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in James’ memory to the local chapter of the American Heart Association. Arrangements are entrusted to the Walton Funeral Home, Gardnerville. Services will be held Friday, June 13th at 10:00 am, at Saint Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, reception immediately following in the Pastoral Center. The Burial will be held at Mottsville Cemetery.