10 Jun

Tribute to James Jimmy Brown 10th May 1937 – 5th June 2019

Our church leadership and membership were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of our faithful member and brother, James Brown – known to us at Whitewell as Jimmy due to a recent illness.

He was not just a faithful member of our church; Jimmy was a quite exceptional individual.

At his thanksgiving service on Saturday 8thJune, which took place at the Tabernacle, Pastor McConnell described Jimmy Brown as “a special member.” “If I could have had a hundred people like Jimmy Brown, I don’t know what I could have accomplished,” said the pastor.

Jimmy, who came to Whitewell during the mid-seventies, was a great painter and helped paint not just our former churches on the Whitewell Road, but the new sanctuary at the Tabernacle which opened in 1994. Since then Pastor McConnell insists Jimmy has probably painted the entire sanctuary at least five times. “If I stood in one place long enough, Jimmy would have painted me,” recalled the pastor fondly.

But Jimmy was also more than a painter. He had a heart for our missionary work in Romania, where he spent three months working to help build the home there.  He also visited our other UK based churches to help paint their new extensions and never sought any praise for what he did.

A popular and ever-present figure at Whitewell, Jimmy Brown will be greatly missed by all who knew him. It is a sad loss for all of us, but we take comfort in the knowledge that he has gone to be with Jesus and consolation in the words of scripture which reminds us “…we do not grieve like those who have no hope.” (Thessalonians 4:13) As we know that one day, we will be reunited with our dear brother. Please continue to pray for his family circle currently.