Benny James Brown, age 77, passed away on September 25, 2016. He was a resident of Colorado Springs for 41 years and formerly a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.

He was born August 13, 1939 to Daisy Brown Everson and Bennie George in Ethel, Louisiana. His primary father figure throughout his life was Rev. James Everson. On, September 30, 1961, he married his beloved wife Gwendolyn Brown in Kenner, Louisiana. They would have been married for 55 years.

Benny was a patriot, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1961 and served for 23 years. He was baptized at a young age and served the Lord his entire life. He was a member of the Peterson Air Force Base Chapel and served as an Usher.

Benny had a passion for playing cards, dancing, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Benny and Gwen enjoyed having a good time and could always be counted upon to grace a good party. His fun loving nature, sincere heart, and kind demeanor attracted many people, as is evidenced by his countless number of friendships. You could always count on Benny to make you laugh or bring joy to any situation, a characteristic he inherited from his mother. Benny also had a fondness for all living creatures, and they were drawn to his genuine and loving nature.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gwendolyn Brown; his children: Cynthia Martinez and Dianna Brown; his siblings: Martha Thomas, James Everson, Frank Everson, Dorothy Brown; a number of nephews, nieces and cousins; and his grandchild, Sydney Martinez. He is preceded in death by Daisy Everson, Rev. James Everson, Alice Wilson, and Lizzie Brown.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, September 30, 2016 and on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Boulevard. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Shrine of Remembrance with a Celebration of Life Reception to follow at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 S. Union Boulevard. Music at the reception will feature pianist, Mr. Thomas Dawson, Music Director of the world-renowned Commodores. Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver, on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 9:15 AM.

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