Former Salyersville Independent sports writer and all-around good guy Justin Brown passed away Monday following a lengthy battle with various health issues.
A good son, a good brother, and a good friend, Brown was known for his personal strength, convictions, and dedication to those around him.
Although most knew, few could tell Justin Brown was battling a life threatening illness. His public show of strength, dignity, and positive attitude earned the respect and admiration of all he encountered.
Despite being barely beyond his teen years, he served as an inspiration, a glowing reminder of how to smile in the face of adversity, how to appreciate the moment while still preparing for the future.
He continued to improve as a sports writer and was pursuing a summer internship with the Louisville Courier-Journal.
As a major sports fan and follower of the Magoffin County Hornets and Lady Hornets, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, and the Cincinnati Bengals, sports writing was his labor of love and a natural way of earning a passionate paycheck.
Brown served this past season as statistician for the Magoffin County football Hornets, and provided stats to the Independent while serving as occasional color man for Hornet broadcasts on local radio station WRLV.
Brown was diagnosed at an early age with Leukemia, something he would bravely battle throughout his short life.
Justin Thomas Brown, a student at Morehead State University, was 22 years old when he died at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
He is survived by his mother, Libby Thomas Brown, his father, Jack Brown, and his brother, Jordan Lynn Brown, all of Salyersville.
Visitation will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Community Baptist Church, where he was a member. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the Adams Cemetery at Falcon