David Brown, left, with friends Beth Bramley and Bobby West. Bramley and West are helping to host a benefit for Brown May 9 at the American Legion in Jerseyville.
The family and friends of David Lee Brown, who died March 25 in his hometown of Jerseyville, will host a benefit fund-raiser Friday, May 9, to help pay for funeral costs at the American Legion Post 492 in Jerseyville.
Brown was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and chaplain of the Marine Corps League in Jerseyville. His unexpected death left family and friends in disarray after heart problems took his life while at home late last month.
Brown’s family and friends are asking the Greater Alton community for their support as they host a silent auction and benefit for their fallen hero.
“He was a protector, and if you ever needed him he’d be there,” David’s sister, Kelly Brown, said of her younger brother. “He was tall, strong and trustworthy.”
David enlisted in the Marines right after graduating high school in 1993. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton for six years, also serving a stint in Okinawa, Japan.
“He always admired soldiers and the work they did,” Kelly said. “He thought it was the most honorable profession there was, and when he enlisted he was chasing after a lifelong dream.”
Beth Bramley and Bobby West considered David family.
“He was like a big brother,” Beth said. “He was the kind of guy you wanted to be on your side and he was one of the best friends I’ve ever had.”
Brown touched the lives of everyone around him. He was described as being courageous, down to earth and tenacious. His friends and family will miss him dearly, but they rest assured he is in a better place.
The benefit will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the American Legion in Jerseyville. There will be a live and silent auction as well as refreshments and music from DJ Jumpin Johnny. There will be a scratch-off lottery ticket charge at the door and donations of any sort are appreciated and welcome. For information, call Kelly Brown at 618-208-7328.