Steven Jerome Brown, 54, began living his eternal life on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Steve was born August 6, 1964 to Lawrence and Norma Jean Ward-Brown, who preceded him on this journey. In 1992, Steve and Rachelle Reed were married, and they have remained loving friends throughout the years.
He professed Christ as his Savior at an early age and was a member of Galilee Baptist Church during his childhood. “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than to dwell amongst fools” Psalm 84:10, is remembered as Steve’s favorite scripture by his church family at the Williams Street Church of God In Christ, in Benton Harbor MI, where he served as an usher and on the bus security ministry, during his young adult life. Later in life, Steve moved his membership to Southside First Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri where he was a faithful member who loved Sunday School.
Who’s playing and what’s the score, has been a part of Steve’s conversation since childhood. Steve was an avid basketball player and a baseball player he had the awesome opportunity to be coached by his Dad. Steve’s gregarious personality was displayed on and off the court and the field, he was voted as most popular his Senior Year, at Paseo High School in 1982. As a result, of his talent and personality, Steve was selected to the All-Metro Team and received a basketball scholarship to attend Johnson County Community College. He also received a baseball scholarship to attend Alcorn State University, where he led the South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) for three years in home runs and RBI’s.
Steve’s love for his family was outwardly expressed as he remembered all of our birth dates and he would call us to remind us on our birthday! His call didn’t stop there, he would then proceed to ask about everybody and would express genuine concern for all of our well-being.
HOW ARE YOU DOING? This expression of friendship was often displayed on social media, when Stevie would find one of his friends who were classmates or team members. His use of all caps expressed his excitement in finding them and joy in being able to reconnect.
Steve mastered the ability to live his life in health care facilities, due to his illness, with finesse and that did not keep him from telling a joke, giving a compliment or updating you on the latest family or national occurrence. His stature was that of a gentle giant and shedding a tear was the quiet before the storm once the subject changed to family, sports or especially baseball.
Though Steve had no children of his own he loved and doted over his nieces and always bragged of their beauty.
Steve leaves to celebrate his life his siblings Charles Johnson, Kevin (Marsha) Brown, Lisa (Eric) Wilson, April (Erron)Ford, and his nieces Janae (Derrien) Saxton, Kayla Brown, Lexis Bradley, great-nephew Zaiden Saxton and a host of other relatives and friends. The Brown family will also hold dearly the depth of Steve’s love for all of us.