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'Brownie' Lichlyter, longtime Newport businessman, dies at 88

Published: 8:18 PM, 07/26/2013 Last updated: 8:19 PM, 07/26/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Another part of Newport's downtown history, James Paul Lichlyter, died last week.

Known as "Brownie," Lichlyter, 88, died Friday, July 19, at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital and was buried Monday, July 22, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

From 1948-2010, Lichlyter's was a familiar face as co-owner and then owner of James Furniture Company on East Broadway.

A native of the Indian Creek community of Jefferson County, he was one of a large family of children born to Hal Lichlyter and his wife, the former Florence Strange. His great-great-great-grandparents, Frederick and Margaret (Denton) Lichlyter were among the area's earliest settlers, moving there from Shenandoah County, Virginia about 1804. Frederick Lichlyter was a trustee of Pine Chapel Methodist Church, one of the area's first religious congregations.

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