Lawrence A. Brown, 76

February 14, 1947 - March 12, 2023

Lawrence A. (Poogie) Brown, of Lancaster, formerly of Coatesville, Pa, passed away on March 12, 2023, at Lancaster General Hospital with his family by his side. Lawrence was born on February 14, 1947, the son of the late Joseph Brown and Geraldine Smith. Lawrence resided in Lancaster, Pa with his loving wife Denise Brown for 42 years.

He was educated in the Coatesville Area School District, graduating from Horace Scott Senior High School in 1966. After High School, Lawrence was drafted into the United States Army, where he served two years stationed in Fort Campbell Kentucky, and served in Vietnam. While proudly serving his country, Lawrence received numerous awards and medals including, two time Purple Heart Recipient, a National Defense Service Medal, Army Accommodation Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, as well as a Sharp Shooter and Marksman Badge. Lawrence was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

Lawrence was an avid sports fan, loyal to Coatesville, Lancaster, and Philadelphia teams. He was a notable basketball player during his years at Scott Horace Senior High School. He was very competitive on the court, and loved playing in many leagues throughout Coatesville, West Chester, and Lancaster areas. Lawrence also loved playing pick-up basketball on his home court with his children, nieces and nephews, and he coached for Lampeter Strasburg Summer League, and The Mix, in Lancaster City. He also enjoyed going to the NCAA Final Four with his brother Joe, and a special group of friends, as well as the couple trips held annually.

Surviving to carry on Lawrence’s legacy are his wife Denise and children Orlette Johnson (John) of Orlando, Florida, Lawrence T. Brown (Rebecca) of King of Prussia, Dr. Danielle Brown Miles (Phil) of Lancaster, PA, and Ryan Brown of Lancaster, PA. A son, Marcus Brown, preceded Lawrence in death.

He is also survived by his siblings, Joseph Brown, Jr. (Donna), David Smith (Pricilla), Allen Smith (Vicki), Kim Marshall (Glen) all of Coatesville, PA, Terry Brown of Lancaster, Carmen Smith of Phoenixville PA, and Sheila Smith of Coatesville, PA. Preceded Lawrence in death are siblings, Shirley Smith, Michael Brown, Cheryl Brown Stewart, and Cindy Smith Andiron.

Lawrence leaves his life well loved and respected by six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a host of nieces/nephews, and friends.

A Funeral Service honoring Lawrence’s life will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Charles F. Snyder III Funeral Home & Crematory, 2421 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, PA 17584. A viewing will be held from 9 AM until the time of service.

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Condolences to the Family

March 25, 2023

Denise and family, 
sending love and prayers as you grieve the loss of your beloved. Nelson and Karen Polite 

March 23, 2023

Denise , you & Ryan are in our prayers. Hope you are holding up ok . Joann Taylor

March 22, 2023

Denise and Family, We would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences.  May God bring you his peace and comfort at this time.
Ray and Pat Pabon

March 22, 2023

Denise,  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  
Mike and Pauline Polaski

March 22, 2023

Condolences from the Leadership faculty at Millersville University to the whole family, and especially daughter Danielle.

March 21, 2023

Prayers for comfort and peace for the entire family.

March 21, 2023

Our condolences to the family of Lawrence,(Poogie) Brown.

March 20, 2023

Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I’ll always remember playing basketball with him. He would ask “how do you want to go out, long or short”? Knowing it didn’t matter what you said he was about to win. -Matt Marafioti 

March 19, 2023

My condolences to Denise and the Brown family. Poohie was a nice guy.  I am sure he will be missed.

March 19, 2023

Condolences to family may he rest,may he rest in “Peace”.John Miller and family.

March 18, 2023

My condolences to you and your family from Olga Rodriguez and family.

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2421 Willow Street Pike
Willow Street , PA 17584
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