Earnest Jackie Brown, 81, of Warrenton passed away on June 6, 2021, at his home. He was 81.
He was born October 19, 1939, in Glade Springs, Va., to the late John Claude and Donia Brown. His family moved to Warrenton when he was 3 years old to be closer to relatives.
Jackie graduated from Warrenton High School. He worked a number of years for Valley Distributors, an auto supply store. In 1966 he became a firefighter for the Federal Government, working at Vint Hill, until he retired in 1994. While working at Vint Hill Fire Station and working a 24-hour shift, B.B. Mitchell, head of Fauquier County Public Schools transportation, convinced him to be a substitute school bus driver on his days off. When he retired in 1994, he became a full-time bus driver and eventually a driver trainer. He enjoyed driving, talking with students and developing great friendships with the other drivers.
Jackie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce L. Brown; two daughters, Kay Payne and Kris Brown (Tony); four grandchildren Ashley Osburn (J.T.), Austin Colegrove (Caitlin), Alex Colegrove (Devon) and Emily Payne; four great-grandchildren, Aiden Payne, Brantlee Colegrove, Brayleigh Colegrove and Charlee Osburn; his brothers-in-law, David Leach (Laura) and Greg Leach, and his beloved Yorkie “Rat” Nugget.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Ruby Sheetz, Charlotte Beavers, Pat Duvall, Rosena Sheetz, Pauline Brown and John Brown, and his much loved son-in-law, Charles “Bug” Payne.
Special mention to Jerry Farkas, who was invaluable to him these last few years, Heartland Hospice, Dr. Anita Maybach and staff.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. The service will take place at 1 p.m. Friday June 11, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Little Georgetown Cemetery near Broad Run.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com