William Oscar “Bill” Brown
May 23, 1923 ‒ October 14, 2015
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