Long-time Crusade advocate, Moral Side panel member dies


by WHAS11.com


Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 7:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The WHAS Crusade for Children family is mourning the loss of a true friend and unsung hero after the Brown family announced Rev. Jim Brown died Fri., June 27.

Brown lived an exemplary life, which included more than 30 years of service to the Crusade.

He was a member of the Moral Side of the News for more than 30 years.  Ministers on the Moral Side panel decide where the money collected through the WHAS Crusade for Children is granted -  a task Brown took very seriously.

“He was a champion for the small agencies and wanting to make sure they got the funding they needed and he is going to be really, really missed,” Dawn Lee, WHAS Crusade for Children CEO, said.

Father Joe Graffis, a long-time colleague of Brown, also commented on his passing.

“A person who was very passionate about what he believed not only as a church person and Presbyterian minister but certainly in the crusade,” Graffis said.

On the occasion of the Crusade’s 50th year, Brown talked about what the Crusade meant to him and the greater community.

“It helps us rise above petty differences, ethnic, geographic, religious, cultural differences, and we come together because we care about people,” Brown said back in June 2003.

Brown is survived by his wife Sarah who asks that remember him with a donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville, from 2-8 p.m., July 4.

“I have no doubt that Jim, from his place with our heavenly father somewhere, is going to be working for all of us to get home to be with him someday,” Graffis said.