ABBOT - James Franklin Brown passed into heaven March 22, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. He was born May 3, 1925, the youngest son of Roy and Evelyn Brown of Abbot, whose family had been in Abbot for several generations.
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Jim's father and grandfather owned several businesses in Abbot. He grew up around his grandfather's sawmill and his father's shingle mill on Kingsbury Stream. His early life was spent hunting, fishing and helping in the fields and mill. Jim's whole family was musical, and he spent many hours in music lessons, family entertainments and public performances. Throughout the years, Jim played in several bands and sang in several choirs. Among these groups were "The Four Joes," "Monson Store Jammers" and "Dexter Community Choir." Jim attended schools in Abbot and Guilford before enlisting and serving honorably in the U.S. Navy. As did most young men of his generation, Jim served his country during World War II. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Lindenwald. He had two brothers who were also in the service during the war, and his mother had a large map upon which she attempted to keep track of their wartime movements. After the war, Jim came home to Abbot, bought a farm, and married the love of his life, Mary (Buzzell) Brown. Together they made a success of their farm and raised their family amid work, music and love. Jim also worked for several years at Portland Monson Slate Co. Jim and Mary were both involved in the affairs of the town of Abbot and in the Abbot Historical Society. Jim and Mary sold their farm and built a home in Abbot, which they also sold and built another home on Lake Hebron in Monson. During this time, Jim and Mary became founding members of United Church of Christ, Monson, where they worshipped and created wonderful music for all to share. In later years, Jim and Mary moved back to Abbot and built a home on family land. There they lived together until Mary passed away in 2003.
Jim was predeceased by three brothers, Charles Willis, Thomas and Anton; sister, Norma Brown Bennett Lussier Herring; and grandson, Karl James Bollenbacher. He was also predeceased by his beloved wife of more than 50 years, Mary (Buzzell) Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Mallaney and son-in-law, David Turcotte, of Norridgewock; granddaughter, Yvonne Bollenbacher of Norridgewock; son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Paula Brown of Abbot; grandson, Adam Brown of Abbot; and grandson, Jason Brown and wife, Jessica, of Sangerville, and their children, his special delights, great-grandchildren, Jordan Riley Brown, Jonah James Brown and Emilynn Mae Brown. He will also be missed by several nieces and nephews, among who are Joyce Eggleston, Joanne Bennett and Katie Bernier.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak St., Guilford. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Abbot Village Cemetery with Pastor Ray Beless officiating. For an online guest register, go to
Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 27, 2013