Charles M. Brown Jr.

Kent County News - - OPINION -

HOL­LY­WOOD, FLA. — Charles Med­ford Brown Jr. was born on Nov. 9, 1941 to the late Charles M Brown, Sr. and Martha Mae Sparks-Brown. Charles tran­si­tioned this earthly life on Dec. 18,

2018, at the Re­gional Memo­rial Hospi­tal, Hol­ly­wood, Fla.

Charles was the first son and the fifth child of 11 chil­dren. He is pre­ceded in death by four sis­ters, Jean Brown, El­iz­a­beth Rochester, Shirley Washington and Barbara Brown; and one brother, Wil­liam Brown.

“Sonny,” “Char­lie Brown” and “Un­cle Sonny” as he was af­fec­tion­ately called, grad­u­ated with the Class of 1960 from Henry High­land Gar­nett High School in Chester­town. Charles then went on to fur­ther his ed­u­ca­tion at Bowie State Univer­sity, and grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Arts in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion. He was a mem­ber of Al­pha Phi Al­pha fra­ter­nity and many other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Af­ter his grad­u­a­tion from Bowie State in 1964, he took on a teach­ing job with the New York State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in Long Is­land, N.Y. with the Brent­wood School District, where he touched the lives of many chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. While in New York he re­ceived his Mas­ter of Sci­ence from Stoney Brook Univer­sity. Dur­ing sum­mer breaks, Charles en­joyed trav­el­ing in and out of the coun­try do­ing vol­un­teer work. He re­tired from NYSDE in 1998.

Char­lie en­joyed trav­el­ing, draw­ing, tak­ing pic­tures ev­ery­where he went, sunny beaches, col­lect­ing AfricanAmer­i­can art, fam­ily gath­er­ings, read­ing and quiet times. He also en­joyed at­tend­ing gospel mu­sic pro­grams. He re­ally loved prais­ing the Lord. His fa­vorite scrip­ture was the 23rd Psalm.

Charles gave his life to Christ at an early age; he at­tended Janes United Methodist Church in Chester­town. While in New York, he joined Allen A.M.E. Church, Ja­maica Queens un­der the lead­er­ship of the Rev. Floyd H. Flake.

In 2000, Charles moved to Mi­ra­mar, Fla. He then moved his mem­ber­ship to New Mount Olive Bap­tist Church, Fort Laud­erdale, Fla. un­der the lead­er­ship of the late Dr. Mack King Carter and presently, Dr. Mar­cus D. David­son. Char­lie Brown joined the Usher Min­istry and was very proud of mak­ing the mem­bers and vis­i­tors feel com­fort­able.

Charles loved liv­ing in Florida, work­ing in his gar­den and watch­ing his plants turn into some­thing beau­ti­ful.

Charles leaves to cher­ish his mem­o­ries one sis­ter, Yvonne L. Knight, Bal­ti­more; four broth­ers, Ster­ling (Brenda), Dover, Del., Wayne (Wanda), Tampa, Fla., James, Chester­town and Marvin Brown, Lan­dover; a spe­cial niece, De­siree Rochester, Rock Hall; and many other nieces, neph­ews, cousins and friends; as well as a dear friend, Mr. Sebe Clar­idy.

Ser­vices will be Fri­day, Dec. 28 at New Mount Olive Bap­tist Church, 400 NW 9th St., Fort Laud­erdale.

A Memo­rial Ser­vice will be held in Chester­town at a later date.

CHARLES M. BROWN JR.

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