John David Brown
November 26, 1968 - August 3, 2013
John David Brown, 44 of Weirton, WV, was called home to glory on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA. John was born on November 26, 1968. John was the son of Hughy “Skip” Patterson of Steubenville, OH and Norma (Anderson) Brown of Follansbee, WV. John was a 1988 graduate of Brooke High School and received a full ride scholarship to the West Virginia University. John was a member of the Ferry Glen Church of the Nazarene, Colliers, WV. Many will remember John for his love of computer games, movies; but most of all, John had a profound faith in God and compassionate love of family and animals. In addition parents, John is survived by his long-term Fiancée of 20 years, Stephanie Lynn May of Weirton, WV, two children, Brandon May and Jasmyn Brown of Weirton, WV, a step-sister, Kim Patterson (Steven) Fletcher, Bloomingdale, OH, a numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 where he will lie in state next to his uncle, Joseph Alexander Anderson from 11:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, with Reverend Stephen Hall, Officiating. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, Colliers, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homes

Funeral Information


Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 where he will lay in state next to his uncle, Joseph Alexander Anderson from 11:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717.


Funeral Services for him and his uncle, Joseph Alexander Anderson will be held Wednesday August 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV, (304) 527-1717 with Reverend Stephen Hall, Officiating.


Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, Colliers, WV.

Lisa Marino McIntosh

RIP Sweet Guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Carl Thompson

Sincere and deepest condolences to John's family. I just heard about his passing and tons of memories started flowing. Unfortunatly its been several years since I saw him. From the time we were kids at Jefferson through high school and a few years after, John was always a good guy. He was good to me and straight forward regarding what was going on in our lives at the time. I have many many fond memories of him in our youth and as young adults. You will be in our thoughts prayers.

Chris Knicely

I am so sorry for your loss. I have known John for along time and as far as I'm concerned he was the best. The world will be a much sadder place without him in it.

Don Kostival

So sorry for your loss. John was always a good friend. Prayers to his family and all his friends.

Mindy (Bowers) Matson

My heart is heavy to hear of John's passing. I remember him in school as the nicest person with the biggest smile! Sincere condolences to his family and friends! RIP my friend!

Carla Lada Jacobs

I have known John since 1st grade at Jefferson Primary School. He was a wonderful guy with a big heart. I feel such sadness for his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I miss my friend "the gentle giant".

Terri Stevens Littleton

My Heart is broken since hearing of Big John's passing. I have so many Great Memories of John, I can still see him with his big, huge smile on his face. The world was a better place with John in it. John was always one of the sweetest guys I knew, he had a friend in everyone while we were in school, Follansbee Middle and then onto Brooke High School. I always thought of him as a gentle giant. Heaven gained an Angel the day John passed. It's still so hard to comprehend. I had the pleasure recently of meeting his son Ricky, he has his fathers smile and kindness. My sympathies and condolences to John's family and friends. Our world will be a sadder place without John here with us. Rest Peacefully Big John! Until we meet again My Friend! Love, Terri

Mary Emmerth pastilong

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of "Big" John. John was an amazing person who saw the good in everyone. My heart is heavy knowing that John is not with us on this earth but I also know that he is at peace. God bless and keep the memories of John with you always.

Robert Amuso

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of "Big" John. I had know John since Jefferson Primary School. My God bless you and keep you. I will cherish the memories. Rest in peace John. Your friend and tip we meet again. Robert

Melissa (Shaffer) Hess

It has been a long time since I have seen, John. But it seems like yesterday, as he walked down the halls of Brooke High and on the field at WVU. He was always smiling. I will never forget John. He was such a wonderful person and so honest. My deepest sympathy goes out to all his family.

bridget (kekenak) gura

my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. i went to school with big john. he was a good friend,and had a heart of god. sad to know he has passed.god bless him and his family,r.i.p. my friend...

lucille(durazio) myers


Katherine Michelle McAllister

My heart hurts. Words cannot express the sadness that I feel. The loss of my cousin who was one of my best childhood friends. John, you had the only basketball goal in the community. It was at your court that I learned to play the game. Not only the game of basketball, but the game of life. John, Garren, Raymond, Lester, Melissa, Betty, Ty, Denise, Steven, Kevin, Stephanie and Shawn taught me about friendship and genuine love. That was our crew growning up. I love all of you so dearly. John's kindness is what I will remember the most and his love for laughter. Remember 3 toes John? I bet you are smiling in heaven. The memories of you and times we shared are forever in my heart. You have the greatest Mother John! With a mother as spectacular as Norma Brown you could not have been anything but a sweet angel. I love you cousin. I'm so greatful that you called me recently and we had the chance to talk, catch up, and tell each other "I Love You" one last time. I can hear your voice and the sound of your laughter. But above this, I recall the kind statements that you made during those conversations. You said I was one of your best friends followed by "I love you man!" You said that it hurts you to hear of ANY of your friends or family struggling or going through a hard time and that you just want everyone to be Okay and live a good life. You have a beautiful spirit John Brown and I Thank God for giving you to us for 44 years. I love you and I will miss you so much.

Manuel&Joanne Hines

Our deepest sympathy. John was a very special young man. He had a smile that would light up a room. He will be missed by everyone.

Rob WIlson

John, you will be sadly missed.

John Gallagher

Big John, You are remembered and will be missed by many. Blessings and prayers to John's family and friends during this time.

cassie winski

john was a friend to all, the angels got new one, love and hugs to his family

Gladys (oiler) Polverini

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, R.I.P John. You will be sadly missed! One of the sweetest men I ever knew!

Michelle Swan Lancaster

John was know as the Gentle Giant. John was known and loved by so many when we went to school. It hasn't been that long since I've seen John in passing and he was the most kindest person as he always has been. My heartfelt love and prayers go out to John and his entire family. This was a life taken way to young and will be sadly missed by so many. Much love to all..

Mary Beth Wallace

No words for such a deep loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to John's children and loved ones. I hope that you will be able to find comfort in knowing that John touched the lives of so many.

Chris Moldas

John Brown & Jay Canterbury were my best friends growing up. John would always be there for me to lend his ear and advice. He is loved and will be missed.

Annitra (Nikki) LeSane & family

We send our heartfelt condolences to all feeling the painful loss of John. He had a kind and gentle spirit which will undoubtedly live on in those that love & care for him.



Paula Summers-Milliner

God has taken another angel from us. R.I.P. Big John.

Bobbi Jo Fabian Backel

My deepest sympathies to John's family. I went to school with John and he was the sweetest and kindest person I knew. He had a heart of gold and he never was afraid to show it. I know you will be dancing with the angels.

John & Marsha Bassett

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, You will be greatly missed RIP!

becky miller peggy rhodes daughter

i will remember john for the best football player ever

Eric Littleton

I don't have to tell John's family how wonderful he was you already know so I hope you all get thru this with some peace in knowing how many lives John touched and how much everyone loved him. God Bless John's family and keep them safe. If you need anything let me know I'll try to help. 304-374-7163

melissa (williams)fisher

dear big johns family..i send all my heart and prayers to all of you, a wonderful amazing man has been taken away from all of us. It never makes any sense when a loved one is taken. i went to brooke with john and i double dated at prom and i was just looking through those pictures. he looked so handsome in all white tux.i also recently saw him in krogers and got a chance to remenisse. i am so glad i got to know john in my lifetime ..he will be missed deeply. i wish his whole family strength through this tough time. god bless. melissa williams fisher.

Dee Cochran Pappish

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, Big John always had a smile on his face, he will truly be missed.

Jeff Cucarese

You will be missed "Big John "

Pattie McGinnis

The Heavens have opened the gates for a really great person. One of the nicest guys around. Prayers for his family, finance' and children. He will be watching over all of you with God. God bless.

Tina M.Townsend

RIP Big John....the gentle giant, such a sweet and kind man....God Bless John's family during this difficult time....We all have a special guardian angel watching over the Bruin Nation... You will be missed....

Tracey Szabo Welch

My condolences to John's family, I cannot begin to imagine your sorrow at the the loss of such a kind and gentle soul. rest in peace.

Tina (Renner) Kuna

Dear Norma and family, my most sincere sympathy to you all. I was shocked to hear about your son passing. I pray that God will provide you comfort to see thru your loss. My deepest sympathy.

Patty Mullenbach Harrell

Big John you were always so kind to everyone you met. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

cassandra winski

john was a great friend to all

Heather Wilson Frost

So sad to hear of Bug Johns passing! I remember his huge smile. Prayers to his family

Rusty Miller

I remember John as a gentle giant...god rest your soul John, it was a pleasure to have known you......

Michele Durante

John indeed was a kind soul and always helped people out...a good man..a good life..peace brother.

Kimberly Santoro Miller

My deepest condolences to a former classmate and friend. John was such a kind and loving person. He will be sadly missed.

Katherine Michelle Wilson

Today my cousin and dear friend will be laid to rest. I'd like to say goodbye to you John Brown. I feel you watching all of the events that are taking place on your behalf. You see how many people LOVE YOU? We are all overwhelmed with emotions, memories, and pain. The idea of you no longer being in our presence brings on the pain. Seeing you in these photos brings back the memories. I've been crying all day because of my emotions. JESUS! I'm calling on your Holy name to bring comfort to all of us in this time of despair. You are the Alfa and Omega. Provide us with strength and peace when the storms come in our lives. We do not know why they keep coming, but they do, and there is nothing we can do about it but accept the strength and peace he promised to all believers. We thank you for the life of John David Brown and all of the blessings that he has bestowed upon each and every one of our individual lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen John, in our last conversation, you told me that these bodies aren't meant to last and that no one knows when they shall be called home...accept "The Man Upstairs". Thank You for your Stewardship. You have carried the lessons we learned in the church and shared them throughout your walk. Thank you for your friendship, for allowing me to play basketball on your court, play video games in your room day after day for years, saving me when I was drowning at the community center, being my friend on the bus, skipping school with me, throwing snowballs with me, building igloos with me, picking me on your football team, sharing your can with me, telling me I was stupid when I acted as such, acting like a big kid, smiling all the time, always being available to listen and for just being you. WE ALL LOVE YOU ON THIS DAY AND FOREVERMORE. GOD BLESS YOU JOHN JOHN. I LOVE YOU!!!

Andrew Staffileno

Rest easy old friend. It has been several years since I've seen John and hearing the news of his passing has left me with a sad heart. There is no doubt he has touched many lives through his kindness and friendship. The nickname Big John did not only describe his stature, but also his heart, his smile and his character. They were just as big as he was, and anyone lucky enough to have known him would certainly agree. I have many good memories of John and I am honored to have been his friend. My condolences to his family. May God grant you comfort during this difficult time and may your memories always keep John alive in your hearts.

Bonnie McFadden

Norma,please accept my condolences.John and my son Mike were neighborhood friends,John visited often,he always brought his smile w/him,I remember how excited he was to attend WVU.When he moved,he stopped by a few times just to say hello,you raised a good boy Norma,he will be missed.

Donna Cunningham Richardson

Heaven now has a kind, gentle Angel. RIP Big John. My thoughts & prayers to your family during this time.

Gretchen Adams

I was shocked to hear this. While I just knew John in passing in high school I remember him as a nice person and always smiling. So sorry for you loss.

Karen (Howell) Bucklew

I went to school with John. He was the kindest and sweetest guy I have ever know. My deepest sympathies to his family. May God be with you all. RIP John.

A. Jackson

Please accept our deepest sympathy. We hope with the passage of time will help ease your sadness and leave you with fond memories to cherish close to your heart. ( Isaiah 25:8)

Diana Walker

Norma my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss and not one dear family member but two .how many crosses do we have to bear? Your friends family and memories will carry you through the difficult days ahead.God bless you!

Janet Hooper

John was one of the sweetest guys I have ever met. He will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to his family, my thought and prayers are with you.

Terri Farley

RIP prayers sent

Matt Ceglie

Norma and John's family, my deepest sympathy's and condolences. I have so many great memories of John. It's hard to beleieve he is gone. John was loved by so many people because he was such a great person. John my heart hurts that you are gone. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. The "French" a ccent! Laughing until we cried and pop coming out of my nose! Cliff Jumping! Banana OUT! All those football games we went to battle together. Practicing our grunt when we hit someone playing football! You were an awesome friend, I'll miss you buddy. RIP my brother.

Clara White

Our lives were richer for having known JB. Rest in peace. Terry and David's Mom

Dustin Reeves

May the Lord rest your sole! You were dear friend and brother of mine! I will see you Heaven!!

Cara Kamarec

Norma, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort at this most difficult time.

Gail Tennant

Norma, I am so sorry for your loss, God has received a very special angel. Much love and prayers, Gail

Mike McBride

Norma and Stephanie- John Brown walked this earth with a presence not due to his size or dominance on the field of play but because of his willingness to give. He gave his time, his heart and most importantly to me his friendship. John loved everyone he came across and would have done anything for a friend. A good fiancée, son, sibling, father and friend was lost today but won't be forgotten.

James Terrence White II & Family

My father always said, "Terry, you don't have a lot of friends (because you're too picky) but the ones you are the best ones anyone could hope for..." John was my friend and like a brother to me. He was one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever known. His sense of humor was only matched by his by his natural charisma. I never knew him as a football great. I only saw part of his love for computers and science fiction. I admired his love and dedication as a life partner and father which was another part of his life. No matter what he did, through good times and bad, John was John and he was one of the most loyal friends I will ever have. Although he is gone and I will miss him, I'm glad his suffering is finally done and he will rest in peace because he endured more than anybody should. He will live on in the stories we all tell of our friendships with him.

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