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Phillip Brad Brown, 53, of Champaign, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 17, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, June 25, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Champaign, 1602 S. Prospect Ave., Savoy. The graveside portion of the services will be held at 1:00 p.m. the same day at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Military rites will be accorded by Champaign V.F.W. Post 5520.
Brad leaves behind two daughters, Jennifer (Brown) Pruitt of St. Joseph, Illinois and Miranda Brown of Camden, South Carolina, two granddaughters, Tia and Tysie Pruitt, of St. Joseph, Illinois, and sister, Tresa (Kevin) Hunsinger, of Mahomet, Illinois. His step-mother, Carmen Brown of Urbana Illinois, his aunt and uncle, Janice Roy of Philo, Illinois and Butch Brown of Sidney Illinois also survive. Also surviving are the mothers of his daughters and lifelong friends of his, Suzi Duncan of Camden, South Carolina, and Andrea Beaver of St. Joseph Illinois.
Brad was born August 31, 1964 in Urbana, Illinois to parents Russell Brown and Sharon Gostage; they preceded him in death along with paternal grandparents Richard and Hazel Brown, maternal grandparents Russell and Virginia Gostage, brother Jeffery Brown, sister Sandy Gilven, his aunt Pam Brown, and uncle Glenn Roy.
Brad graduated from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 1983 and enlisted in the United States Army. He worked as a laborer.
He enjoyed sports and was an avid SJO Spartan and Cubs fan. He loved to help his family and friends and had a passion for helping the homeless.
Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered online at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.