Robert M. Brown, obituary

submitted by Lorena Sweeney

Grafton Sentinal
Thursday, December 14, 1935, pages 1 and 8


Veteran B. & O. Worker, 85, Succumbs Last Night At His Home

Robert M. Brown, 85 years old, a native of Taylor county and a retired B. & O. carman, died at 6:45 o'clock last night at his residence, 1333 West Railroad street, after a critical illness of eight days, although he had been in rapidly failing health for the past year and a half.

Born on November 1, 1850, Mr. Brown was the son of the late William and Emily Right Brown, early settlers of what was then part of Virginia. Only one sister, Mrs. Emma Rogers, of Grafton, survives of the immediate family.

Eight Children Survive

His wife, the former Emily Bonner, died 20 years ago, and the following children, born to this union, survive:

O.D. Brown, Mrs. Grace Frye, W.T. Brown, Mrs. Jessie M. Wolfe, and Miss Maude Brown, manager of the Grafton Printing Company, all at home; W.D. Brown of McMechen, and Dr. Ralph C. Brown, of Buckhannon, professor of Biblical history at West Virginia Wesleyan college.

After many years of loyal and efficient service with the B. & O. Mr. Brown retired some years ago and had been active about his First Ward home until about 18 months ago. For several months he failed rapidly, and eight days ago was stricken seriously with a heart ailment. His advanced age also contributed to his passing.

Funeral On Monday

For many years, Mr. Brown was a member of the West Main Street M. E. Church, and was a practicing Christian, loved and revered by his family, and honored and respected by his neighbors, former fellow workmen, and many friends. His family was grouped about his bedside when the end came.

Early yesterday, his children were notified that death was near. In fact for several days hope for his recovery had been abandoned, but his illness, although regarded as critical, did not take a serious turn until the last day.

Fraternally, Mr. Brown was connected with the Redmen of Grafton and Grafton lodge No. 98, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the residence, 1333 West Railroad street, with the Rev. Herbert Parks, pastor of the West Main street church officiating. Interment will be made in the Brown cemetery, under the direction of the Bartlett Funeral Company.

Death Certificate

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