Mr. John William (Big John) Brown, 70, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward Brown Sr. and Marie Hardy Brown; a brother, Charles Jr.; daughter, Charlene Brown; granddaughter, Jamise Beane; and a nephew, Darrell Brown. He was the co-owner of Omirrs Restaurant and a graduate of Lucy Addison, Class of 1964.He is survived by death by daughters, Anita Powell of Raleigh, N.C., Antinette Beane (Arthur), Johnetta Calloway; sisters, Shirley Washington, Mary Watkins (John) of Roanoke, Doris Sullivan (Jack), Norma Jean Houston of Silver Spring, Md.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.A funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Serenity with the Rev. James P. Beatty officiating. The interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Friends may call at Serenity Friday 2 to 8 p.m. for viewing.