Luke Brown, Jr.

Sunrise: October 23, 1941

Sunset: September 11, 2022

Luke Brown Jr. (Hammer) departed this earthly life and entered into his eternal home with the Heavenly Father, on Sunday, September 11, 2022.

He was born in Nansemond County, Suffolk, Virginia on October 23, 1941 to the late Luke and Nancy Brown Sr. He is also predeceased by his grandmother, Mary Lee Newsome from Suffolk, VA., Also, his Aunt Louise Knight of Suffolk, VA.

He was the oldest child from their union. Luke was a faithful Deacon at St. Phillips Holiness Church since 1969 in Suffolk until he wasn’t physically capable to attend anymore. Luke attended school in the Suffolk Public School system. He joined the Army in 1966 and completed two years of service. 

Luke previously worked for Planters. He retired from Craney Island as a painter. After retirement, he worked at Home Depot for approximately nine years.

He was a supportive husband, father, and grandfather. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 34 years, Mrs. Frances L. Brown; sons, Troy Brown, Jermane Brown, of the home in Portsmouth and Jerry Sinkfield of Portsmouth; daughter, Chenita Brown Beamon of Portsmouth, stepsons, Bryant Lewis (Monique), Tilmon Alexander; and stepdaughter Tracie Pettus (Ralph) of Tampa Florida; eleven grandchildren, Brianna, Tilmon Jr., Elijah, Isaiah, Diynah, Olyvia, Jaiannah, Marcus, Malcom, Bryce, and Kannan; brothers, Herbert Brown (Alberta), Moses Brown, Robert Taylor(deceased), James Newsome (deceased); sisters and brothers-in-law; Bessie Kee Newsome of Suffolk, Margaret Taylor of Maryland, Doris Johnson of Greensboro NC., Evelyn Scandrett (Cecil) of Daytona Beach, FL., Mary Kee (Sharon S. C.), Pastor Mary Kee (Rev. Cal B.) of Portsmouth VA., Rev. Myrtle Kee of Suffolk VA., Aunts, Betty Jones of Portsmouth VA., and Irene Gaynor. Special friends of the family, Evangelist Virginia Parker, Kenneth Bell, Frank Hall and Gladys Knight . Luke’s fishing buddies; Roland Elliott, Cynthia Griffin, Floyd Bazemore, Jeffrey Jones, and Darryl Benton. Also, a host of other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to the Administrators, Nurses, and staff of Autumn Care of Portsmouth Virginia.

Viewing Sunday, September 25, 2022 12 Noon-4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Monday, September 26, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Katrina Perry says

    My heart is broken… Mr. Brown was my Craney Island “dad”. Always kind and gentle. He taught me a lot. Rest well Sir. Heaven has truly gained an Angel.

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    Darryl Benton says

    Mr. BROWN, Rest my friend. Enjoyed our fishing years together. You will be missed.

    Your friend,
    Darryl Benton

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    Santina Brown Ribeiro says

    My Uncle Hammer was one of kindest men I know. There aren’t enough character spaces in this field for me to type all of the wonderful memories that I have of him. Uncle Hammer loved his family and if he considered you a friend.. you were family. He will truly be missed and I will cherish his memory forever. He is such a big part of the woman I am today. I spent a lot of time with him during my childhood and I can almost count on only two hands the number of Sundays that I did not see him up until I was about 18 years old. I pray that my Aunt Frances and mu cousins will find comfort in knowing that he earned this rest. My Uncle Hammer is an American hero whose story is still unsung. He had a heart of gold and be loved the Lord. Rest Well Uncle Hammer, I love you always,
    Your niece,
    Santina Brown-Ribeiro

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    ShaVonne Doughty says

    My uncle Hammer was a absolute sweetheart….. he always called me “Lil Vonnie” growing up as a child with that smile that would light up a room. My greatest joy and memory is when he was a patient at a dentist office I worked for…… he was so proud to say to the Dr and staff “his niece was getting him right”. I will cherish these memories, take your well deserved rest uncle Hammer, love your niece “Lil Vonnie”

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