Andrew (Andy) Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Horace and Sallie Brown on February 25, 1936. Andy was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church and later dedicated himself as a baptized Jehovah's Witness.
He lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan.
Andy attended Woolslair Elementary School, Arsenal Jr. High School and Schenley High School. Upon graduation from high school, he served in two branches of the U.S. Military, beginning in the U.S. Air Force and ending in the U.S. Army, with honorable discharges, While in the Army, Andy was a boxer within the Schofield Barracks 25th Division Boxing Champions in Hawaii, where he was known for hit "left hook, right cross" combinations. He also shared the sport with is brothers Louis and Robert.
He was a Master Electrician and worked for the University of Pittsburgh, as one of its first African American electricians; Pittsburgh Housing Authority and Volkswagen in New Stanton, PA, among others. He had the insight to start his own electrical business, Brown's Electric, focusing on residential needs.
Andy enjoyed family gatherings, travel, swimming and music. Music was important in his life. He was known to break out in a chorus of "Ole Man River". He had fond memories of his sister Edna playing the piano while he sang in his teen years. He wanted to be a songwriter and wrote songs and especially enjoyed listening to Lionel Richie, Aaron Neville and Jackie Wilson. He was a relative of R& B legend Wilson Pickett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Sallie Brown; his son Anthony Brown; siblings: James Calloway, Howard Calloway, Robert Calloway Peak, Horace Brown Jr., Shirley Brown Turner and Louis Brown.
He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Miriam Whitworth-Brown; sons, Marc Brown and Kristopher Brown (Amanda): daughters Crystal Brown and Debra Brown; in-laws, Joel Whitworth (Laverne), Beatrice Haile (Thomas), Naomi Hayes (Darnell-deceased); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Kanyia Brown and Sean Brown; his remaining siblings, Otis Brown, Lillie Jones Allen and Frances Kay Symonette. Andy was a "beloved uncle" to a host of nieces and nephews and will be missed by his family and friends.
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