BROWN, Larry

BROWN, Larry, of Mansfield, loved to sing Gospel music.

With a rich tenor voice, he inspired many with vocal solos in churches and at special events. He never sang secular tunes. The Good News of God’s love and his redemptive work through Christ was Larry’s first love nothing else was worth singing about.

His voice on this earth is quieted, as Larry peacefully went to be with the Lord Friday evening August 31, 2012 from Kindred Hospital in Mansfield. He was 71.

Born June 25, 1941 in Wheeling, West Virginia, he was the oldest son of Wilbur “Gene” and Helen (Dlesk) Brown, and was graduated from Warren Consolidated High School in 1959.

He worked 23 years as a machinist with Blaw-Knox, and moved to the Mansfield area in 1996 and worked with H&H Supply. At H&H, Larry did mechanical work and truck maintenance, in addition to quoting bids for existing home air conditioning and heating systems.

Larry was a talent musician he was a master guitarist and had a “personality plus.” He had one vice: hot rods. Larry liked working on cars, but he preferred to be behind the wheel of a fast car. Only the grace of God kept him safe, as he liked to push the limits of his 1960s era hot rods.

He is survived by his wife Cherry (Wiltshire) Brown, whom he married October 7, 1963; their son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Kandi Brown of Mansfield; grandchildren, Kaylee and Kolton; a brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Catherine Brown of Bellville; nephews and a niece, Brian Brown, Chad Brown, Michelle Carver and Brad Zoladz; and his best friends Gerald and Nancy Sanetznik of Mt. Sterling, KY.

The Brown family will receive friends Tuesday, September 4, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.

Visitation continues Wednesday at 10 a.m. until time of the 11 a.m. funeral service. Pastor Jason Harding will officiate.

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