Charles M. Brown Jr.
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.