Published January 26, 2012
James S. Brown, longtime pastor in Stone Mountain Association, died Jan. 11. He was 92.
Brown was born in Lithonia, quitting school in the 8th grade to join the Civilian Conservation Corps before joining the U.S. Air Force and serving six years during World War II. After graduating from New Orleans Seminary he served the Georgia churches of New Rocky Creek in Mansfield, Collinsville Mission (now Central Baptist) in Lithonia, First Baptist Lovejoy, Pepperton Baptist in Jackson, Porterdale Baptist, and Lake Cindy Baptist in Hampton.
Preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Charlotte Brown, he is survived by his wife of 67 years Lorraine Mercer Brown, Porterdale; son Michael Alan Brown, of Mansfield; daughter Karen Wheeler, of McDonough; brothers Marvin Brown, of Decatur, and Louis Brown, of Bremen; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Jim Newton, 75, longtime Southern Baptist journalist and Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) news and public relations director, died Jan. 16 at the Baptist Hospital Hospice Care in Jackson, MS. He passed away within weeks following an unexpected late-fall flare-up of his leukemia.
Newton joined the HMB news department in 1980, moving from Memphis with wife Pat and daughters Jana and Kayla. He came to Atlanta after serving for eight years as editor of the World Mission Journal of the Baptist Brotherhood Commission.
Newton left the HMB in 1987 for a brief stint with Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, an assignment which was supposed to have taken him and Pat to Singapore. But an economic slump prevented the move and he returned to lead the news department for a second time, before it was combined with the Public Relations Office.
Newton eventually retired from the Board in 1992 as public relations director to accept a communications position with the U.S.-based office of World Vision International in California. Following his retirement he and Pat moved back to Clinton, MS., to be near their children and grandchildren.
The Texas native worked extensively as a communications consultant with World Vision International, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism, a ministry of the BGEA.
While in Atlanta he was a member of First Baptist Church of Chamblee and his wife, Pat, served in the music department of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
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