Bernice “Yay” Brown (77) of Lew Jones Road, Rawlings, Va., transitioned into eternal rest on Monday, September 11, 2017, in the VCU Community Memorial Health Center in South Hill, Va. Mrs. Brown was born on February 17, 1940, in Dinwiddie, Va., to the late William “Billy” Winfield and Sadie Gilliam Winfield. Mrs. Brown was educated in the Dinwiddie County Public School System. She was employed with Keller Aluminum in McKenney, Va., for several years. As her health declined in her later years she became a dedicated housewife and mother.
At an early age Bernice accepted Christ and became a member of the Hickory Run Baptist church. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Brown; three brothers, Charlie Winfield, Sr., Isham Winfield and Clarence Winfield; four sisters, Virginia Lewis, Julie Ann Winfield, Maxine Winfield Johnson Rhodes and Genevia Winfield Perrear.
Left to cherish her fond memories are her son, Marvin G. Brown (Michelle) of Petersburg, Va., two grandchildren, Jamal and Shanell Brown of Petersburg, Va.; one devoted sister, Mary F. Jackson (Andrew) of Rawlings, Va.; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Winfield of McKenney, Va., Gertrude Winfield of Dewitt, Va., Nancy Bishop of Newport News, Va.; one brotherin-law, George Lee Brown (Doris) of South Bend, Ind.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; devoted nephews, Herbert Lee Winfield of South Hill and Bruce Winfield of Dewitt; special family friend, Mrs. Josephine Campbell of Rawlings.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. from the Hickory Run Baptist Church, Rawlings, Va. The pastor, Rev. James Walker, will officiate and Rev. James Geter will deliver the eulogy. Viewing will be at the W.L. Fields Funeral Home Friday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Online tributes can be left at www.wlfieldsfuneralhome.com.
Service are under the direction of the W. L. Fields Funeral Home, 10814 Doyle Blvd., McKenney, Va., 804 478-4811. www. wlfieldsfuneralhome. com.