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Taj Francisco Brown

April 23, 1973 — May 31, 2023

72 Dale Ridge Drive, Princeton, NC

Life Reflections:

 Taj Francisco Brown earned his wings on May 31, 202,3 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina at UNC Nash General Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. Taj was born on April 23, 1973, in Durham, N.C. to Dorothy and the late Matthew “Bo” Brown.  

Taj graduated from Smithfield-Selma Sr. High School, where he played football throughout his high school years.  Taj had a love of cars and motorcycles.  Taj was employed for 17 ½ years by the Johnston County School System, as a lead custodian. Today, with heavy hearts and deep sorrow, we gather to honor the extraordinary life of Taj, a beloved son, devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, dear nephew, caring cousin, supportive uncle, and a exceptional friend. While his journey was marked by the immense challenges of a severe illness, his unwavering courage and unyielding spirit touched the lives of all who knew him.

Taj leaves behind his loving wife Loshawndo ‘Nikki” Brown, two sons Devonte’ Brown Garner, NC, Kaleel Brown of the Home, two grandsons Kayden Isiah Brown and Jeremiah Adonis Brown both of Garner, NC  his mother Dorothy Lassiter-Brown, one brother Fernando Lassiter (Freshunda) Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mother and father-in-law Dorothy and Richard Hall Sr. Smithfield, NC, one brother-in-law Richard Hall Jr. Wilson, NC, one sister-in-law Monica King (Rodney) Clayton, three uncles Thomas Brown (Joann) of Pikeville, NC, Donald Lassiter, and Neil (Loretta)Lassiter, five aunts Cynthia Brown of Smithfield, Sylvia Brown Williams (Ricky) of Smithfield and Rosa Brown-McMillan (Allen) of Atlanta, Ga, Sandra (Teddy) Monroe, and Faye Lassiter, a very special family friend and caregiver, Brenda Stancil.  

Taj is preceded in death by his father Matthew “Bo” Brown, his brother Ronald Walker, and both sets of grandparents. Beyond the immediate family, Taj extended his love and support to his extended relatives, friends, and community. His genuine nature, infectious laughter, and compassionate heart touched the lives of many. He was an exceptional friend, offering a listening ear, a helping hand, and unwavering support whenever it was needed most. His presence brought comfort, and his absence will be deeply felt by all those who had the privilege of calling him a friend. As we bid farewell to Taj, let us remember the vibrant spirit he embodied.

 Let us honor his memory by embracing the love, compassion, and kindness he bestowed upon us. May his life serve as a reminder to cherish the bonds we share with one another and to live with intention, embracing every moment with the same passion and zest that he displayed throughout his time with us. In our grief, let us find strength in one another, offering support, love, and compassion as we navigate this difficult journey of loss. Let us carry forward the lessons he taught us, cherishing the memories that will forever live within our hearts. Taj, you have touched our lives in immeasurable ways, and your memory will forever be etched in our souls. Rest peacefully, knowing that your legacy of love will endure in the lives you have touched

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, June 3, 2023

1:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Sanders Funeral Home Chapel

806 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577

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Funeral Service

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Missionary Baptist Church

403 Caswell St, Smithfield, NC 27577

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