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James Howard Brown

The family is heartbroken to announce the death of their dad, James Howard Brown. He passed away March 23, 2024, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family.

James was 78, born in Pikeville, Tennessee. He lived most of his life in Dayton, Tennessee where he was a mechanic and business owner of a full-service gas station for many years.

He was a car enthusiast who loved to drag race. He enjoyed watching Nascar and attending dirt track racing. He had a mischievous personality and was a real jokester. Poppy James loved his family, especially his grandkids.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Geneva Brown; brother, Bobby Brown, and sister; Joyce Nichols, all of Pikeville.

James is survived by his daughters, Lorri (Mike) James and Cindy (Rick) Romines, both of Dayton; three grandchildren, Candice (Douglas) Graham, Mackenley Romines and Brieana James; five great-granddaughters, Peytan, Keira, Blakeli and Anistyn Graham and Mari-Mellow Romines; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday, March 26, at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Douglas Graham, III officiating. Burial was in Seals Cemetery.

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Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, 1171 Main Street, Pikeville.

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