HENRY JAMES BROWN III, affectionately known as “Hank”, was born October 27, 1964 in Oakland, California. He was the sixth of seven children born to the union of loving parents, Henry J. Brown Jr. and Lillian Brown. Hank received his formal education through the San Diego Unified School District, graduating from Samuel F.B. Morse High School with the “Class of 1982”. While attending elementary school, he began playing the trumpet. He was an exceptional, talented musician. He not only mastered the trumpet, but also the keyboards and drums. He was also a member of Morse High School Marching Band, the Concert Band and Jazz Band. He accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at St. Stephen’s Cathedral C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Bishop George McKinney.
Hank received a partial scholarship in music from the University of California San Diego. However, he chose to pursue a once-in-a lifetime opportunity by joining other musicians in the newly organized “Par-Tay” Band, formed in 1982. The group wrote several songs, including recording a record and opening for many well-known artists, in addition to headlining their own shows. The group traveled all over the world including Greece, Italy, London, Japan and Singapore, just to name a few.
After leaving the band in 1996, Hank moved to Seattle and later to Alaska, where he worked in the fishing industry. He later returned to San Diego where he began working in the shipyard industry.
In 2012, Hank rededicated his life to the Lord after joining Paradise Hills Southern Baptist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Usher Board under the leadership of Pastor Brandon Maine.
Henry James Brown III transitioned from earthly labor to eternal rest on Sunday, December 8, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his brother, Troy Brown.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his parents, Henry and Lillian Brown; siblings, Kim Ceniceros of Escondido, CA, Kenny Brown of Oakland, CA, Valerie Brown of San Diego, CA, Vanessa Espinal (Miguel) of Fontana, CA and Tracy Brown (Shay) of Tracy, CA; nephews and nieces: Pablo Ceniceros (Anna), Krishawna Obele bele (Rold), Tracy Brown II, Candace Evans, Samantha Espinal, Rashawnda Jimenez (Mike), Lauren Dupree, Lakeiya Brown, Taiyana Brown, Andra Espinal, Mahogany Brown and Tyler Brown and a host of other relatives and extended family and many friends, including his Paradise Hills Church family.
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