The Rev. Harsh Brown was a minister for 33 years

Saturday, June 29, 2013 | 4:36 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA - The Rev. Harsh J. Brown of Columbia died Wednesday, June 26, 2013. He was 89.

Brown was born Dec. 10, 1923 in Merced, Calif., to Richard and Greta Brown.

He married Frances Hackett on March 13, 1948. She lives in Columbia.

Fresh from the Navy in World War II, Brown graduated from Chapman College in Los Angeles in 1950. He continued his education at Brite College of the Bible at Texas Christian University, where he graduated in 1954 as an ordained minister. He spent the next five years as director and administrator of All People’s Christian Church and Center in Los Angeles.

In 1960, he moved to St. Louis and began work at Fellowship Center, Christ in the City Church, where he remained until his retirement in 1987.

Brown enjoyed playing scrabble and working crossword puzzles as well as word jumbles. He continued to use his faith to improve his community throughout retirement.

Brown is survived by his wife, Frances Brown; five children, Conni Ess and husband, Charlie, of Oslo, Norway, Charlie Brown and wife, Gayle, of St. Louis, Ken Brown and wife, Antje Fritsch-Brown, of Munich, Stan Brown and wife, Patti, of Montgomery Village, Md., and Mike Brown and wife, Susan, of Brazito; a brother, George Brown and wife, Janet, of San Marcos, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Peggy Brown of Ojai, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His brother, sister and grandson died earlier.

The visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N Tenth St. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St. followed by a private burial at Columbia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, designated to the Benjamin Brown Memorial or the Congo Protestant University Scholarship Fund.

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