John Brown, 78, railroader, church founder

August 08, 2004

John Brown, a retired railroader and founder of the old Miracle Tabernacle of God Apostolic Church, died of heart failure Aug. 1 at Maryland General Hospital. He was 78.

Mr. Brown was born and raised in Baltimore and attended city public schools. He was employed for more than 30 years as a trackman for the Patapsco and Back River Railroad, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. subsidiary, from which he retired in 1984.

In the 1950s, Mr. Brown joined First Apostolic Church and later was commissioned an elder in the Holy Tabernacle of God Apostolic Church. In 1965, he founded Miracle Tabernacle Church of God Apostolic Church on Broadway in East Baltimore. It was later torn down.

FOR THE RECORD - John Brown: An obituary for John Brown in the Aug. 9 editions of The Sun misstated his role with the Miracle Tabernacle of God Apostolic Church. At the time of his death, he was pastor. The Sun regrets the error.

Mr. Brown, who lived on Mount Holly Street for many years, was a helpful neighbor, said a son, Halcon Brown of Baltimore.

"He always wanted to help others. That was his hobby," he said. "He provided transportation for those who needed to go on errands or to the doctor. At Christmas, he gathered and distributed toys to needy children."

In addition to reading his Bible daily, Mr. Brown enjoyed working on his car.

He was married for 41 years to the former Daisy Mae Price, who died in 1987.

Services for Mr. Brown were held Friday at Good Tidings Baptist Church in East Baltimore.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of a year, the former Brenda D. Jones-Jerome; two other sons, Thomas P. Brown of Baltimore and Raymond D. Brown of Pasadena; a brother, Freddie Brown of Baltimore; a sister, Mamie Johnson of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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