John Anthony Brown

August 10, 1963 ~ November 3, 2021 (age 58)

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John Anthony Brown, 58, of Laurel, MD passed away on November 3, 2021 from Covid pneumonia. He is now at peace with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John was born in McKeesport, PA on August 10, 1963 to Barbara and Duffy Kelley. He was raised in West Elizabeth, PA and attended Thomas Jefferson High School.

After graduation, John joined the Army for three years and then began his long career in the home improvement industry; first at Hechinger, where he met his wife of 27 years, and then ending his career at The Home Depot as the Baltimore Branch Installation Manager for almost 21 years.

As an avid Steeler fan, John had season’s tickets with his brother for the past 27 years and drove to almost all the home games. He was a handyman who loved to do projects around the house, as well as help out anyone whenever they needed him. He was an amazing father, husband, son, son-in-law, brother, friend, coworker, and neighbor. Everyone he met was changed by his kindness and he will be missed dearly. 

John is survived by his wife, Julie; his daughter, Jadyn; his siblings, Julius Brown (Michele), Anita Brown, Charles Brown (Susan), Edna Brown, Rhonda Wicks (David), Cheryl King (Andre); and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Barbara and Duffy Kelley.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 at Donaldson’s Funeral Home, 301 Talbott Ave, Laurel, MD 20707. (Masks required - PG County)

The funeral will be on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 10:30 at Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Rd, Fulton, MD 20759. (Masks optional - Howard County)

The graveside service with military honors is Tuesday, 11/16 at 10:45. Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 1122 Sunrise Beach Rd, Crownsville, MD 21032. (15 minute service w/21 gun salute)

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the “Jadyn Brown Scholarship Fund” and mailed to Brightworks, 10025 Governor Warfield Pkwy, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21044.

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November 10, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

November 10, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

Funeral Service
November 11, 2021

11:00 AM
Grace Community Church
8200 Old Community Road
Fulton, MD 20759

Graveside service with Military Honors
November 16, 2021

10:45 AM
Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Crownsville
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032

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