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Justin Scott BrownPassing: February 2, 2024


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Thursday, February 8th @ 10:30am


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday, February 7th @ 4:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, February 8th @ 9:30am-10:30am


Cresthaven Memory Gardens

Thursday, February 8th

BLOOMINGTON – Justin Scott Brown, 38, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer.

Born July 25, 1985, in Madison, Tennessee, he was the son of Gregory Scott Brown and Teresa Lynn (Jones) McGeary Fletcher.

Justin was a professional poker player. His passion for statistics, and a general love of numbers, kick-started his career into professional poker. Justin entered a whole host of live poker tournaments, in addition to the World Series of Poker circuit, with many years of success. He was a 2004 graduate of Mitchell High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Indiana University. Justin enjoyed many of life’s pursuits including traveling, playing golf, several competitive sports, and mushroom hunting. He had a passion for creating and executing recipes in the culinary arts. Justin was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include his mother, Teresa Lynn McGeary (Kent) Fletcher of Bloomington; his father, Gregory Scott (Beth) Brown of Mitchell; brothers, James Lee Brown of Mitchell, Jeremy Lewis (Morgan) Brown of Bloomington, and Katelyn Diane (Eric) Brown of Bedford; his niece, Emma Grace Brown; uncles, John A. Jones of Williams, and Norvin A. Jones III of Shoals; and many cousins.

His grandparents; John L. Brown, Ruth E. Emmert, Norvin A. Jones Jr., and Betty L. Rodman; and uncle, Mike L. Brown preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Matt Nigg officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednseday, February 7, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.

In memory of Justin, as requested by his family: “If you think of me, and would like to do something for my memory do this; volunteer at a school, church or library; write a letter to someone and tell them how they have a positive effect on your life; if you smoke-quit; if you drink and drive-stop; turn off the electronics and take a kid out for ice cream and talk to them about their hopes and dreams; forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it; stop at all the lemonade stands run by kids and brag about their product; and make someone smile today if it is in your power to do so.”

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28 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Jean and Terry Hunt | Floyds Knobs, IN
    Date: February 8, 2024
    Our deepest condolences to you all. We did not have the privilege of meeting Justin, but our son, Ben came to know him from going to school with Jeremy. Over time they all became friends, roommates and poker buddies. Ben has high esteem for Justin and I know he thinks of Justin, Jeremy and Teresa as family. May you find peace in the wonderful memories of Justin.
  2. Guest: Mark and Patty Hall | Westfield , IN.
    Date: February 7, 2024
    Our deepest condolences and thoughts and prayers are with you all. Justin was always a kind nice young man. When at our house he was always the most talkative and joking even with the adults. Mark nick named him Brownie they enjoyed talks with each other . Glad both our kids got to be friends with Justin ! Mark played cards last night and said Brownie must have been close by helping him win. You will be missed by all who knew you. Gone too soon !
  3. Guest: Lisa Buck Tincher | Orleans, IN
    Date: February 7, 2024
    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.
  4. Guest: Steve Wythe (Scuba) | Bloomington, IN
    Date: February 6, 2024
    My sincerest condolences to the family. I first met Justin about 20 years ago and got to know him a little better in recent years and I’m so glad that I did. Never a dull moment at a poker table with him. His sense of humor was the best kind there is and his laugh was the most contagious I’ve ever been around. A larger-than-life guy with an even bigger heart. I’m definitely going to miss seeing him around. He was the kind of guy you’ll never forget. The video is a great tribute to him. As sad as I am about his passing and the heartache of his family, I can’t help but smile and giggle at the jokes we’ve cracked over the years. Truly a great dude who will surely be missed my many. Gone far too soon…
  5. Guest: Max Worth | Detroit Mi
    Date: February 6, 2024
    Best memory with J Brown...we were neighbors near Bryan Park in Bloomington. We both had a big passion for sports and poker. Won't ever forget the night we went down to the basketball courts and played 10 or so games of horse while talking about life and cards at 4am. Always admired and respected your work ethic and just overall personality, you were certainly one of the good guys! Will definitely remember how much fun it was playing cards with you and Jeremy in the early days. Hope you rest in peace Justin.
  6. Guest: Karin Dobson | Jacksonville, NC38546
    Date: February 5, 2024
    I'm so sorry Justin you were one special guy .Rest now.see you someday. Karin
  7. Guest: Kathy Bolton | Mitchell IN
    Date: February 5, 2024
    I didn’t know Justin, or your family, and looked at the obituary through a mutual friend on FB. The last paragraph of his obituary says it all! Jesus is the answer, and Justin obviously knows that face to face today. God has used Justin in a mighty way, and I look forward to meeting him in Heaven. To God be the glory! My prayers are with you! “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭24‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  8. Guest: Joyce Ameen | Bloomington, IN
    Date: February 5, 2024
    I am so sorry for your loss. I met Justin at the persimmon Festival with my son Matt Nigg a few years ago and loved hearing Matt and Lucas tell stories about their shared faith and ping pong and fun together. The tribute and video are beautiful. Joyce Ameen
  9. Guest: Donna Irene Stogsdill | Rotonda West, FL
    Date: February 5, 2024
    Teresa....I am sooooo sorry about Justin. OH my goodness....been thinking about you a lot! Prayers and HUGS my friend. <3 <3 <3
  10. Guest: Joan Lawrence | Bloomington, IN
    Date: February 5, 2024
    Teresa and Norvin, You have been in my prayers! Justin was an angel walking down the road when he helped me up!
  11. Guest: Kelly Maick | Bedford
    Date: February 5, 2024
    Teresa and family, So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort. What an amazing young man. Kelly
  12. Guest: Leif Teegen | Noblesville, IN
    Date: February 5, 2024
    My sincere condolences to the Brown family for their loss. Wishing you all comfort and peace during this difficult time.
  13. Guest: Donna Allen | Bloomington
    Date: February 5, 2024
    In loving memory of Justin. My deepest sympathy to the family. May all of your beautiful memories become lasting treasures. God bless you all.
  14. Guest: Donna Allen | Bloomington
    Date: February 5, 2024
    In loving memory of Justin and with deepest sympathy to the family. May beautiful memories become treasures. God bless you all.
  15. Guest: Amy Robertson | Williams, IN
    Date: February 5, 2024
    I have so many memories of all you boys. The laughs, the fights and movie quotes... We've been friends, family by marriage at one point... And I've literally looked up to you guys my whole life! RIP buddy. Never easy saying goodbye to the ones you love and Justin will be greatly missed by many. Praying for your family 🙏❤
  16. Guest: Cathy and Ron Blackwell | Williams, IN
    Date: February 4, 2024
    Ron and I are so sorry about the loss of Justin, We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. He was definitely loved by many and will always be remembered.
  17. Guest: Troy & Jean Hunter | Old Hickory TN 37138
    Date: February 4, 2024
    Our hearts are broken to hear of Justin’s passing, we know he put up a good fight but grew tired, our thoughts and prayers to Greg, Teresa, James, Jeremy and the rest of the family,
  18. Guest: Yvonne Williams | Louisville Kentucky
    Date: February 4, 2024
    Teresa, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Justin. I never meet him but it seems he was amazing person .This loss is more then I can imagine. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sending my deepest condolences. Sincerely Yvonne Williams (Rodman)
  19. Guest: Amber Godsey | Bedford
    Date: February 4, 2024
    Deepest condolences to the entire family. I didn’t know Justin personally, however the countless stories I heard from Teresa made it feel like I did. Praying that you all find some comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain. Love you T.
  20. Guest: Tyler Phillips | Franklin, Indiana
    Date: February 4, 2024
    Justin was a good man, a kind soul, and one of the best. Many of my fondest memories include Justin and his ability to make everyone laugh. There’s a poker game with a lot of laughter happening in Heaven right now. Rest easy Brownie, my friend, and enjoy your eternal reward. May many prayers and condolences go to the family, and may God shower you all with comfort, peace, and love.
  21. Guest: Steven Ickes | Bloomfield, IN
    Date: February 4, 2024
    My condolences to the entire Brown family for your loss! May Justin's smile and laughter always remain in your memories. I pray the Lord provide you all with peace and comfort you!
  22. Guest: PIppa Kirkwood-Betterton | Martinsville, Indiana
    Date: February 4, 2024
    What a beautiful soul. Shine high Justin. Carrying on your message. Condolences, love and prayers to family and friends.
  23. Guest: Beth Doub | Mitchell
    Date: February 4, 2024
    So very sorry to hear this. Justin was always such a nice guy. Bless his family and friends with comfort and strength. Prayers for all.
  24. Guest: Jason Prodinsky | St Cloud, Mn
    Date: February 4, 2024
    My sincerest condolences and love to the family.
  25. Guest: Katie Phillips | Bloomington
    Date: February 4, 2024
    My sincere condolences to the entire family. Justin was one of a kind and had the ability to always look at the bright side of things. He brought a smile to my face many times and never met a stranger. May God wrap his arms around your family and bring peace and comfort at this difficult time💓💖🙏🏻
  26. Guest: Linda and John Gass | The Village’s, Florida
    Date: February 4, 2024
    Justin was a real sweetheart, and we will miss him. His presence in our home was always welcome and made the occasion that much more enjoyable.
  27. Guest: Robert F. Henderson | Orleans, IN
    Date: February 4, 2024
    My heartfelt condolences to Teresa, James, Jeremy, Morgan, Greg, and family during this heartbreaking time. I will always remember Justin for his laughter his unique sense of humor, his love of life, and for always having the courage to go for it. Rest Easy friend. Leave that light on for the rest of us.
  28. Guest: Cathy and Jerry Miller | Bedford
    Date: February 3, 2024
    So very sorry. This is heartbreaking, Justin was such a joy to be around. He made us laugh a lot. We have many wonderful memories of Justin at our house. Praying for you. Cathy and Jerry Miller