Oliver E. Brown, 83, of 9836 Franklin Pike, Meadville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at home.
Oliver was born in Dehue, W.Va., on March 12, 1930, a son of the late Roby and Gertrude Stiltner Brown.
On May 4, 1964, Oliver married Emma D. Miller; she survives.
He was a member of Wayland Baptist Church, Meadville.
Oliver retired in the 1970s from the River Terminal Railroad in Cleveland, Ohio. He had previously been employed as a coal mine worker in West Virginia. Additionally Oliver had worked building new homes as well as remodeling existing homes in Ohio, Florida and Kentucky. He attended schools in West Virginia and earned his GED in the state of Florida. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Burton, Ohio.
In addition to his wife, Emma, of 49 years, Oliver is survived by three children, William (Bobby) R. Brown and his wife, Gail, of Parma, Ohio, Barbara Wiley of Norfolk, Va., and Mary Anne Miller and her husband, Andy, of Meadville; 20 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, a sister, Lora Brown of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Thomas Brown and his wife, Jean, of Champion, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Oliver was preceded in death by a son, Ronald E. Brown; three brothers, Ulysses Brown, Dewey Brown and Andy Brown; and two sisters, Beatrice McNeely and Eva Sizemore.
Family and friends are invited to call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Harlan Nefstead, pastor of Wayland Baptist Church, leading.
Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, Ohio, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with David A. Miller, grandson, officiating.
Interment will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Mesopotamia, Ohio.
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