Deacon Matthew N. Brown Jr., age 80, a resident of McDowell Nursing & Rehabilitation in Gary, WV; formerly of Maybeury, WV, who departed this life on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Gary. He was the son of the late Deloras E. Hayes and Matthew N. Brown Sr. Matthew, known by "Brother" to his family, who had six siblings, all of whom have gone before him. His five brothers: George, Louis, Alfred, James and Charles and one sister, his twin, Maxine known as "Sister" by their family. He was born In Roanoke, (McDowell County) WV on September 9, 1940. The "twins" were raised by their Father and "Mama Lettie," the late Lettie O. Brown in Ashland, WV. He attended Northfork Elementary School and was a graduate of Elkhorn High School. Also, he was a graduate of NYC in NY. Matthew opened and operated the College Hand Laundry Service in New York City, where he had many many faithful clients and drop off customers from around the Community. In 1973, he met his partner Carmen Warren and together raised a son, Mark and his siblings in Amsterdam Houses in New York City. Matthew was devoted to his family, friends community and church. Attending every event he possibly could. Also, he was a revered fixture at reunions, school and fishing trips, ceremonies, outings barbecues and more. As a member of the Amsterdam Houses Tenant Patrol, he proudly wore his Tenant's Patrol Jacket as he sat in the lobby or walked around the development. Matthew's commitment to his community was especially heartfelt by Amsterdam's Softball Team. He was one of their "biggest fans and supporters." When he became a Deacon at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Maybeury, he was honored and overjoyed. He moved in with his sister, Maxine after she became ill and was there to help with all of the grandchildren that came through her door. Although he was an uncle, he was more like a Grand-father. as he taught many life's lessons, imparted wisdom and gave gentle hugs. Matthew also aided neighbors and friends and was faithful and genuine in his care. His last years were spent in WV, where he longed for peaceful hometowness after the passing of his siblings. He spent his days fishing, reading his Bible, going to Church and visiting friends. After becoming ill, he was nursed back to health by the staff at McDowell Nursing & Rehabilitation. :Those left to mourn his passing, his partner, Carmen Warren and son, Mark (Jennifer) Warren; grandchildren: Nathaniel, Carmen, Gerald, Crystal, Michelle and Becky Warren and their children and grandchildren, also, Michael and God-Daughter, his niece, Marcellina and their children and grandchildren; two nephews, Sylvester and his children and grandchildren and Anthony and Yesenia and their children and grand-daughter, and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. Deacon Brown's Homegoing Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Restlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Chapel, 6605 New Hope Road in Bluewell, WV, Interment will follow in Restlawn Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Services entrusted to Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch; (to leave online condolences: gregory-pagefh.com.) Please follow COVID Protocol is advised.
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