James F “Real Son Jim” Brown, Sr

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James F “Real Son Jim” Brown, Sr

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James F. Brown, Sr. - age 99 of the Tellico Village Community, Loudon, TN passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012. He was born February 14, 1912, in Greene County, GA, son of James H. H. Brown and Fanny Moore Brown.

Jim was one of the last "Real Sons" of the Confederacy in the country. His father, who was born in 1841, fought in the Civil War with the Confederates from 1861-64 and was with General Lee at Appomattox for the signing of the surrender.

Jim started in the hotel business in 1933 in Mobile, Alabama. He spent 10 years in Maine and eventually had his own hotel for 17 years in Franklin, PA. He was on the Pennsylvania Board of Hoteliers, Board Chairman of Franklin Hospital, and Salvation Army Board for 12 years. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a life member of Masons since 1936 (32nd Degree), member of Kiwanis since 1941, Shriners since 1948, Who's Who in America in 1960's, and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

When he retired from the hotel business at age 49, he and wife, Martha moved to Gainesville, FL where he became general manager of the Gainesville Country Club for 5 years, and served on the board of a local bank.

He was an avid golfer with 7 holes-in-one, traveled extensively throughout the world, constant reader, loved to dance, and mostly enjoyed his friends and living.

After the loss of his second wife, Betty, he lived with his son, Jim and wife, Nancy in Tellico Village. He was a member of the Community Church of Tellico Village, Tellico Village Solos Club, and Kiwanis. Jim was dearly loved in Tellico Village by many, and his constant smile and hearty laugh will be missed by his many friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his wives, Martha Lee Smith in Titusville, FL (1980), and Elizabeth Parker in Tucson, AZ (1999). He is survived by his son, James F. Brown, Jr. (Nancy) of Loudon, TN; stepdaughter, Marianne Fife (John M.) of Tucson, AZ; granddaughter, Laura Brown of Port Orange, FL; step- grandchildren, John Fife III (Dee), David Fife (Jennifer) of Tucson, AZ and 6 great grandchildren, Sean, Haley, Trevor, Abbey, Carly, and Eliana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Loudon Co. Habitat for Humanity or Community Church of Tellico Village.

Knoxville News Sentinel
Jan 28, 2011

James Brown Sr., 99, of Tellico Village, one of the last real sons of a Confederate veteran, died Thursday afternoon in a Farragut nursing home, his son, James Brown, said Saturday afternoon.

James Brown Sr.'s father, James H.H. Brown, served in the 8th Georgia Infantry's Company K and fought throughout the Civil War.

Mr. Brown would've turned 100 on Valentines's Day.

Norman Shaw, founder of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, recalled meeting Mr. Brown.

"It is definitely a direct connection to the past when you can say this gentleman's father fought in the Civil War," he said. "We call them real sons and real daughters of Confederate veterans."

James Brown said his grandfather was 71 when his father, James Brown Sr., was born in 1912.

"My Dad and I are so lucky to be alive," James Brown recalled.

James H.H. Brown joined the Confederate army at the beginning of the Civil War and fought in 19 major battles, including Manassas, Gettysburg, Chattanooga, Campbell Station and Fort Sanders.

"He made it to the end at Appomattox with the surrender of Lee and then he walked back home," James Brown said. "He was wounded twice and, back then with the medical situation, he could've had a leg lopped off and bled to death."

James Brown said his father was 11 when James H.H. Brown died. He said his grandfather wasn't bitter with former Union soldiers.

"I always remember about my grandfather telling my dad he had nothing against Yankees," James Brown said. "They were good men and he was a good man. It was just something they had to do."

Brown Sr. also had a daughter by a second wife. Mr. Brown lived in Tucson, Ariz., for 19 years and was close to his daughter's family, his son said.

Mr. Brown had lung cancer two years ago and had treatment. His son said Mr. Brown's health began to deteriorate quickly in the past few weeks.

"At 100, everything starts to wear out. He went very quietly. He went in peace, comfortable without pain," his son said. "He had a ton of friends who came down to see him the last couple days. He was a popular man, a real country gentleman. He enjoyed people and they enjoyed him."

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at Tellico Village Community Church. Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements.

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