William Oscar “Bill” Brown

May 23, 1923 ‒ October 14, 2015

Johnsville, Ohio

JOHNSVILLE: For Bill Brown discipline made life easier. His self-discipline of starting each morning with The Word, even before his cereal and banana, set the tone for a day focused on that which was eternal. He liked the Bible – the whole of it. And his discipline spilled over into all facets of his life.

Bill went to be with the Lord Wednesday afternoon, October 14, 2015 from Morrow Manor Nursing Center, Chesterville, surrounded by his family. He was 92.

Born William Oscar Brown, he was born May 23, 1923 in Greenville Summit, PA to parents Watson & Edna (Voorhes) Brown.

A generation of students remembers Bill as the attentive facilities caretaker at Johnsville School. Bill always liked a good joke and loved to share them.

He was a member of Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church where he worked diligently to clean, maintain and prepare the church for worship services.

He is survived by his daughter Judy Manley of Johnsville; son and daughter-in-law Norman & Dora Brown of Johnsville; four grandchildren (and spouses) Michael (Heather) Manley of Ashland; Maj. Daniel (Jennifer) (Ret.) Manley of Clarksville, TN; Darryl (April) Manley of Wooster; and Julie (Duane) Leonhard of Mt. Gilead; and eleven great-grandchildren whom he adored Sarah Manley, Ashlyn King, Paige King, Brevin King, Lane Manley, Ashlyn Manley, Ali Manley, Brooke Manley, Tori Manley, Abby Leonhard, and Brenna Leonhard; and a sister Winnifred Wood of Troy, PA.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce Delight (Warren) Brown on July 7, 2014. Also deceased are his son-in-law Larry Manley; sister Marion Alexander; and brothers Leon Brown and Charles Curtis Brown.

The Brown family will receive friends 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2015 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church with Pastor Karen Wagenhals officiating with Simon Avila assisting. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them – or see Bill’s tribute video – at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Bill was always one of my favorite guys. He and Joyce was so good to the kids that hung out in Johnsville. He is with Joyce and happy again. Love and Prayers to all.

  • I remember “Mr Brown” so fondly being a custodian all my years of elementary, at Johnsville. He always had a smile on his face and a sweet spirit about him. His kind nature towards children will always be remembered.

  • Hugs & prayers to all of your family! Mr.Brown took good care of us at Johnsville! What a nice guy who lives on through his family!

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your father but you know he went to a better place. Please know that your friends are thinking of you and wishing the Lord’s blessings on you at this time and always.

    Love to all,
    Judy (Bolding) Rogers) DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • Bill and Joyce have left an inspiring legacy with their lives and their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Their examples of all that love should look like in our daily lives will continue to influence the Johnsville community and wherever the “Brown example” resides. We give thanks for Bill, Joyce and their family members who have enriched our family and so many others who knew and loved them.

    Loving prayers for all,
    Tom and Mary Carroll and family

  • So sorry for the families loss ! Mr. Brown was a wonderful man and I remember him well for being at the school.. He was always a very nice, kind person… Your family is in our thoughts and prayers !!

  • I remember how proud he was of the newly waxed gym floor at Johnsville. He really didn’t want the junior high volleyball players to mark it up! He was always very nice and helpful to me. Norm and Dora, I am so sorry for you loss. I am sending prayers your way.

  • Norm and Dora ..and the rest of the family…my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • Mr. Brown was a wonderful man. All our years at Johnsville he was very nice to my family. God Bless his family.

  • Judy, Norman and families.
    We are sorry for your loss. We have so many good memories of our families, the Brokaw’s and the Brown’s, getting together. We loved going to the farm and getting chocolate milk! Best ever. Our parents are all together now and I’m sure they are reminiscing about all the good old days! We were blessed to be raised by Christian parents! May you find peace and love from knowing they are with Jesus in Heaven.
    The Brokaw’s
    Barry, Perry, Tim, Tammy, Darla, Barney, Kelly, Gloria and Sylvia .

  • Judy and Norm and familys, So very sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing him at the store when he walked and when he rode his lawn mower. Your in my prayers .

  • Dear Judy & Norman,

    I am sorry to have not made it to calling hours for your dad.
    I am sorrier to have not written before this.
    But you have come to mind a number of times these past weeks.
    Your father was a significant player in my memories – good memories.
    Maybe I was an undercover trainer for his entry into elementary school employment.
    I bugged him regularly to help mix and fill cottage cheese tubs at Cedarbrook.
    Someone needed to clean up the little bit left in the mixing tub.
    How many early Saturday mornings did I “help” him bottle chocolate milk??
    And I had to have my serving of the goods before he could flush out the bottling machine.
    I know I was late getting out there some mornings – one does not forget my dad letting me know oversleeping was not a good thing.
    I was in and out of the milk cooler often – hopefully after he was gone for the day.
    That would have added to his toleration factor of kids.
    One thought that comes to mind as I close out this little chapter of memories:
    What model of car would have earned his approval once his last Rambler wore out?????
    I have to think Heaven had a new model waiting for him:).
    I hope it has a bottling machine with high-fat chocolate milk too.