The Lord provides us many pleasures and surprises, although He knows we had no idea of the special talent that was gifted to us on September 21, 1971 with the birth of James Edward Brown, IV, affectionately known to all as JB. It was apparent at an early age that JB would be an avid learner. As young as three, he would grab a book from the shelf and turn the pages as if he knew what he was reading.
His passion for learning continued at Knox Elementary, Keiller Middle, and Morse High Schools. He could always be found participating
in extra-curricular activities such as safety patrol and the Morse Code newspaper; however, his greatest joy was baseball. JB excelled in the sport, playing multiple positions, his favorites being pitcher and shortstop. He regularly made All-Stars and other traveling teams. He continued to sharehisloveofthegamewhilecoachingatEncantoLittleLeague. He was also a music aficionado, with the most eclectic collection than most people his age.
Always growing, JB earned his Bachelor’s from San Diego State and Master’s from Point Loma Nazarene University. He was once asked to join the golf team at Morse High, to which he declined, only to spend most ofhisfreetimeplayingasmuchastheweatherpermitted. Hisloveof sport and competition was on full display with all his favorite teams - San Diego Padres, San Diego State Aztecs, Los Angeles Lakers – and his favorite players. He was gearing up, excited to watch SDSU make a run in this year’s NCAA tournament. He was equally competitive when it came to his video games...don’t touch without asking and even when you ask the answer may still be a firm NO!
On Monday, February 17th, JB departed this life and went on to join his grandmother and baby sister. JB is survived by his parents: Sherida Felders of Hemet, California and James Brown III of San Diego, California; grandfather: James Brown, Jr. (Genise), of Atlanta, Georgia; sister: Kesha (Anthoney) Hill of Fort Collins, Colorado; brothers: Tracy (Blanca) Brown of San Diego, California and Deron (Eurica) Brown of Houston, Texas; nephews: Bakir Madyun, III, Isaiah Thompson, Deron Brown, Jr., Jeremiah and Jordan Brown; nieces: Kiara Madyun, La’Shanae and Char’Tre Steward, Déja Hill, DeAnn Johnson, Carlita Gooding, China Murillo, Linda, Laila, and Keyara Brown; great-nephews: Bakir Madyun, Cameron Steward, Kayden Gooding, and Romeo Hayes, great- nieces: Kailoni and Kya Kinsler, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and long-time friends.
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