Freddie Lee Brown, a former Trico employee, died Monday in Deaconess Center, Buffalo, after a short illness. He was 76.
Mr. Brown was born in Bryan, Texas, and as a young man moved to Buffalo, where he earned a high school diploma, going to school at night at Hutchinson-Central Technical High School.
He worked in the manufacturing division of Trico Products Corp. and was also employed at Avis Car Rental. Before that he worked as a migrant worker. He continued to work as a laborer before retiring in the early 1980s.
Mr. Brown was a member of True Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Prior to that, he was a member of the deacon board of St. Elizabeth Holiness Church.
His wife, the former Lucy Harrison, died in 2001.
Survivors include two daughters, Joan Alway and Annette Brown of Buffalo; six sons, Eugene Harrison, Minister Edward Rippy, and Zachary, John, Anthony and Luke Brown of Buffalo; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Restoration Deliverance Tabernacle Ministry of Encouragement, 1511 Jefferson Ave. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.