In Loving Memory of

James W. “Jimmy” Brown

12/11/1938 - 09/24/2013

Jimmy’s circle of Life ended on September 24, 2013 after a long struggle with Heart Disease.  He was born on December 11, 1938 inMemphis, TN and moved to Columbia, SC as a young man.  He graduated from Brooklyn-Cayce High School.  Upon completion he immediately joined the United States Navy, where he served for four years. After returning to Columbia, he soon met and married Sinoma. Two years later, with son Todd in tow, they moved to Gainesville.  Jim was an HVAC contractor and early on worked for Fair and Son’s, then Smith and company. In 1978 he launched Weather Control. INC and turned it into a very successful business. A few years later he opened Water World Dive Center along with a friend.

His interests were wide and varied.  He loved the outdoors and all it had to offer and never did anything half measure.  He wanted to dive…he opened a dive shop! He wanted to plant pine trees….He bought 80 acres and planted and hunted. He loved the water and he bought a place on the Suwannee River at the Mouth and he fished!  He was a Man’s Man and a sportsman extraordinar.

Jim served on the Board of Adjustments for the City of Gainesville, The Suwannee Water and Sewer Board, and the Suwannee Chamber of Commerce.

Jimmy was predeceased by his Father, James Calvin Brown, Mother, Costa Handley Brown, Brother Calvin Lee Brown and his Sister Vicie Lavolia Brown Davis.

Those left to mourn his passing are His Wife, Sinoma and only Son Todd, and many, many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

Jimmy was a true patriot and never missed an opportunity to ask The Lord to Bless and watch over those men and women defending our Freedom!

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in his name to Meridian Healthcare @4300 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608 or to the CICU at 1600 SW Archer RD, Gainesville, FL 32610.

A memorial service for Jimmy will be held on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 6:00pm in the Forest Meadows Funeral Home Chapel, 725 NW 23rd Ave.  There will be a visitation a half hour prior to the service starting at 5:30pm.

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7 Responses

  1. Patty Cox at · Reply

    My deepest condolences to you and Todd. I met Jim a little over 23 years ago in the HVAC business and always remember how kind he treated me. He will truly be missed. I hope that many wonderful memories help to ease the pain and grief you will suffer. My thought and prayers are with you and Todd-

    God Bless-
    Patty Cox
    Johnstone Supply

  2. Anne Herman at · Reply

    Dear Sinoma,

    Richard and I were shocked and so saddened when we learned of Jim’s death. We had been very optimistic when we heard he was going to rehab. Our hearts are heavy thinking of you and your son and other family. It was wonderful, though, to read that he knew the Lord, so on the other hand , we rejoice in his new and forever life.

    As with so many others, you are in our prayers as you keep going along the path God has laid out for you and we pray you know the grace and comfort He gives to those who love Him and call out to Him.

    Jim was a good man…you and he are such a part of Suwannee that he is already missed by our little town but we are thankful for your continued presence with us.

    May God’s peace help you and strengthen you,

    Anne and Richard

  3. Bill, Gloria, Brianna and Betty Miller at · Reply

    We too are saddened with Jim’s passing. There are no words I can say to ease the pains or fill the emptyness at this time. But, rest assured, we will be there for you, lifting you and Todd in prayer, asking the Holy Ghost to come and comfort you.

    John 3:16 &17
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

  4. Tammy Phillips at · Reply


    I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sara Mihlfeld at · Reply

    We are sorry for your loss. We will be praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.

    Sara Mihlfeld

  6. Skye Linda Lambert at · Reply

    just heard of Jim’s death today 10/9 so I missed his service, I am sorry for your loss he was such a pleasant man so nice to have a conversation with him when he came into the post office always so upbeat and positive person, was a pleasure meeting you both during my Postmaster position in Suwannee and becoming friends. Sinoma, if I can be of any help to you please call on me.

  7. Sharon & Richard Jackson at · Reply

    Dear Sinoma, Richard and I read about Jim’s passing and wanted to let you know how sorry we are for your loss. Jim took a real interest in Richard while he was at Weather Control and you were so good to us when our youngest son Wayne was born. I don’t know if you remember, but our oldest son had bronchial pneumonia the way Wayne came home from the hospital and you gave us some masks to wear so that Wayne would not get sick. We will always remember that. Jim was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed, but he is not in anymore pain and you and Todd should feel very grateful for that. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sharon Jackson

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