James E. Brown

Date of Passing:

January 4, 2024

James Edward Brown, 88, formerly of Barrington, died peacefully on January 4, 2024, at The Villages, Florida, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of JoAnn (Schmader, Carroll) Brown.

Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Frank and Maude (Talbot) Brown, he lived in Riverside, RI until retiring to Florida in 1997.

Mr. Brown was an electrician for New England Power Company for 20+ years before retiring. His prior occupations included servicing commercial oil burners and lace weaving.

James loved God and spending time with his family. He was a teacher at heart and had many interests and hobbies. He was an outdoorsman who loved sailing, camping, fishing, bow hunting, ice skating, and tennis, as well as investing, dancing, and traveling. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, organ, and harmonica. He liked to compete and was a New England Archery Champion for 10 years.

Besides his wife of 20 years, he is survived by daughters: Bonnie Shuttlesworth and husband, Ted, and Ellen O’Dell and husband, Chris. Grandchildren: Rev. Teddy Shuttlesworth, Jr. and wife Carolyn, Megan Wiley and husband Jonathan, Dr. Jesse O’Dell, Evan O’Dell and wife Kathryn. Great Grandchildren: Madelyn, Kaylen, Joel, Brooklyn, Teddy III, Asa, and James. Stepchildren: James Carroll and wife Derita, Ann Delaney and husband Ronald, Daniel Carroll and wife Connie, and Michelle Hart and husband Bruce Gordon. Grandchildren: Ian Carroll and wife Jessica, Eva Matthews and husband Corry, Katie Watson and husband Dave, Adam Delaney, Mason Delaney, Taylor Delaney, Mitchell Carroll and wife Katherine, Courtney Carroll, Dr. Brandon Hart and wife Victoria, Elizabeth Kinear and husband Robert, and Sarah Hart. Great Grandchildren: Jackson, Lilliann, Ryker, Payton, Cooper, Reyna, Thomas, Timothy, Theodore, Emma, Melanie, and Rowan.

James married his first love, Alice (Susie) Potter in 1955. They resided happily together until her death in 2001. His late siblings were brothers Frank and Jack, and sisters Alice Stencil, Claire Joynes, and Joan Beauvais.

A Graveside Service will be held in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington, RI on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow. A Memorial Service will be held at Calvary Temple, Fairmont, WV, in the spring.

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  1. I loved working with Jim for over 20 years in the Electric shop. Great sense of humor and loved playing jokes on folks including me. He loved his morning bananas and left their skin peel stickers on his locked door …remember. Excellent electrician. I still have the rope hammock he made and two black powder pistols he made from kits. A man of many talents. Many good memories of fun times with him. Be at peace my good Friend.

  2. I worked at Brayton Point for five years / Jim and I became good friends and would often
    have lunch together near his locker when it was possible / A Great Man / So Rest In Peace My Brother And May God Bless His Sole

    All My Best To His Family And Friends / JohnMac

  3. I was the Plant Manager at Brayton Point and Jim was a wonderful employee and a good man.

  4. Sorry to hear the passing of Jim. My condolences to his family. Jim and I worked together for many years in the power plant. He was my mentor, teaching me the correct way of doing things during my career at Brayton Point. He also introduced me to the sport of archery. May he rest in peace.

  5. So sorry for your loss James was a very kind and caring person he would do anything for anyone, he will be deeply missed 🙏 🙏

  6. Rest in peace my dear friend you will be missed.

  7. Dear Cousin Bonnie, Ellie, and all of the family. I have very fond memories of my uncle “Eddy” . He and my Aunt Susie took me under their wings when I was a little girl and treated me like a daughter. I spent many years with them camping, Sunday afternoon family rides in his station wagon full of adventures and surprises. Me, Bonnie and Ellie in the back seat playing road games and challenging questions to make each trip enjoyable. I remember the swing he built at the big old oak tree in the yard, racking leaves making piles then jumping into to make a mess, he was so kind , loving, and really fun. I remember when it snowed in the yard there were 2 small hills for sledding. Uncle Eddy would enjoy watching Bonniie and me slide down on our round sauses/sleds. He had me laughing so hard my belling hurt with joy. My uncle Eddy was such a talented carpenter. His part of the basement was so organized and neat filled with tools. I remember the screws and nails were hung over the work bench in baby jars. How creative and talented is that! But time went by and I grew up taking my adventures in life to other people and places. I remember when my aunt Susie passed and we looked at each other with love in our eyes. He asked me that day why I stayed away and did he do something wrong to make me go away? My answer to him was that he did nothing wrong and I was at fault for my absence. My heart is broken that I was not there to be with uncle Eddy and my cousins for many years. He has and always will be loved. He will always be in my heart forever I await until we meet again in heaven. I honor you uncle Eddy and am proud to have been your niece. Robin Beckett (Hitchen)

  8. Uncle Eddie was the biggest positivity in my life. He was an uncle, a father surrogate, a fishing partner, a dump picking buddy and a savior to this little girl. In a world of craziness he was my calm will always be grateful.

  9. Truly loved my Papa Brown. He showed me what it is to be constantly learning new things. He taught me to juggle, play the harmonica, and shoot a bow. He took us camping and canoeing. He always made time for his grandkids. I’m happy that he’s in Heaven and I’ll see him again soon.

  10. Ellie, I’m sad of your dad’s passing, but I’m sure you have the comfort of knowing you were by his side, cared and loved him profoundly. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May God receive his soul in His eternal kingdom, rest in peace Mr. Brown

  11. Pop Brown was so kind and generous to us. Always giving and sharing his home, time, money and talents! He will forever be remembered. Much love & prayers to you Bonnie, Ellie, JoAnn & families…❤️🙏

  12. My Grandfather was one of a kind. He didn’t make it very far in school at first, a rocky home life as a result of alcohol steered the course. But he turned it around and became a wonderful husband and father and grandfather. He finished schooling and worked at the power plant, always increasing because of his character and skill. He went on to learn many things as it says in this obituary, instruments, archery and pickle ball to name a few. He was such a wonderful example of how you can choose to change your life. You don’t have to be what your family was or join the crowd. You can go as far as you want with God’s help when you put your mind to something and work for it. He was the perfect example of a good man.

  13. JoAnn, Bonnie, Ellen and all the grandchildren & great grandchildren.

    Pop Brown was a very warm & loving person. I shall always remember him and his sweet loving greetings everytime I seen him.

    Love & Prayers to all 🙏❤
    Herb & Sherry Vance

  14. I have only pleasant memories of Mr. Brown. He was so hospitable to my husband and I in our early days of the ministry. He and his wife opened their home for us to stay with them any time we were passing through in our evangelistic travels. He was a very kind man.

  15. Our love and Condolences to the family. Psalms 73:26 – My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    Much love JoAnn and Martin Santiago

  16. Rest in peace Papa Brown, We all loved you so very much. <3

  17. Your dad, Bonnie lived a very full and vibrant life. He touched many people along his journey, and all the while being a light for Christ. How glorious to know that you will be together again, that it’s not goodbye it’s just “see you later“ I’m sad for your loss, but rejoice with you that you know he’s with Jesus.

  18. With my Love and Deepest Sympthy to Joann and Jim’s Family. He was a Great Florida Friend who we shared many good times with. May you rest in peace now that you are in God’s hands Dear Friend.
    Marge DiMaria

  19. Rest in Peace Uncle Eddie. You were greatly loved.
    Our Deepest Sympathy to all of Eddies Family
    from Bruce & Jean Beauvais-Adams
    Lawson, Missouri

  20. So very sad 😢 to hear of my Uncle Eddies passing my sincere condolences 💐 to my Cousins.

  21. BONNIE, I’m sad to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a really good man and I a lot of respect for him. My condolences to you and the family. RIP ED.

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