Friends and Family Morn Loss of Former Local Band Leader
by Jack Mariano
“Jamie James” 1958 Jim Brown (Recent)
I called Jim Brown at his home in St. Augustine Florida to gather information when I wrote the story of The Rocketones. He answered the phone: “Hello” I replied: “Is This Jamie James?” He let out a huge laugh and said: “You must know me from Parkesburg”. Although I had never met “Jamie” as some of his friends still call him, and the fact that I had never heard or seen the band, he, still was very gracious to me and was touched that people around here still remembered him. He had an extraordinary music talent from the Rock and Roll Band, to the Penn State Blue Band to Coatesville’s Meistersinger, Jim was a gifted musician and singer.
—- Jim’s Obituary —-
James H. Brown (Jim) of St. Augustine passed away peacefully on April 6, 2019, at Bailey Hospice Center after suffering a severe head injury in a fall at his home. He and his wife of 38 years, Myrna Carlson, have resided on Anastasia Island for the past 20 years. Jim is also mourned by his children: Randy Brown (Karen), Kimberly Brown, and step-children Laura Tarantowski (Joseph) and Brian Carlson (Natalie). Jim had six beloved grandchildren: Morgan, Cole, Evan, Samuel, Lena and Ellis and one great-grandchild, Regan. He is also survived by his four siblings Rosalind, Marilee, and Robertson (Jennifer) of Tulsa, OK, and Malcolm of Palatka, FL.
Jim was born September 10, 1939, in West Nottingham, PA, to Marianne and Rev. James H. Brown. His early years were spent with his four siblings among the hills and countryside of Westchester County riding his pony, motorcycle or hotrod. At 17 he left home and started a rock and roll band called “Jamie James and the Rocketones.” The band became a big hit at sock hops and fire hall dances in the early 1960s.
Later when his passion switched to political science, he received his BA from Lincoln University and continued at Roosevelt University in Chicago for a master’s degree. This was followed by a decade of service in community organization and urban development in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the 1970s.
The changing political climate in the 1980s led Jim to another career change as he pursued an interest in the rising technology of Energy Control Systems. He started his own company, Carlson Brown Assoc., Inc., in 1992 which continues to this day to provide systems and service to schools, churches, and office buildings throughout the southeastern United States.
Jim was gregarious, energetic and filled with love. He worked hard, but always found time for his friends and loved ones. A gifted storyteller, Jim made people laugh. He enjoyed travel and singing and delighted in his grandchildren and his great-grandchild. His open smile, quick wit and generous nature brightened the lives of all who knew him. Jim will be greatly missed.
JAMES H. BROWN
A Celebration of Life
Save the date: June 8th & 9th, St. Augustine, FL
Please join us in coming together to share memories and celebrate the life of Jim Brown. We don’t know yet exactly what form this celebration will take but in keeping with Jim’s spirit it will likely include music, stories, laughter and time on the beach.
If you think you will be able to attend please let Myrna know at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can arrange for an appropriate space.