Biography: William Brown, affectionately known as “Willie,” was born on July 15, 1921 in Dillon, South Carolina. To the proud parents Fermin and Bessie Brown.
Although his education was short, he was smart as a whip. Willie’s smartness enabled him to take the reign of his deceased father by caring and providing for his mother and 3 siblings, until his siblings were able to care for themselves and until his mother’s passing.
On May 24, 1943 Willie married Cornelia the woman of his dreams in Elkton, Maryland. Out of this union came six children Ralph, Brenda, William Jr (Brownie), Kenneth, Deborah and Michael.
Knowing the importance of caring for his family, “Willie” enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan 28, 1944, and served out his time receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Corporal.
Upon his return home from the military, “Willie” used his talent as a jack of all trades and, landed a job as an Electrical worker until he later retired.
Years later, “Willie” fathered three more children William, Sheila and Octavia all living in New York City. His devotion, dedication and strong will to care for his family, prompted him to make sure all of his children knew each other and got along. There wasn’t anything “Willie” would not do for his family, friends and most importunately for his children.
“Willie” was not a member of any particular church. However, he was a God fearing man and he loved praising the Lord. On any given Sunday, you would find “Willie” at home listening to spiritual music. Indeed he was a spiritual man.
‘Willie” was preceded in death by his father Fermin, mother Bessie, his only brother Edward, sisters Lula and Ada. As well as his Children Ralph, Brenda, Deborah and Michael. He leaves to mourn his passing; five children William Jr (Brownie), Kenneth, William, Sheila and Octavia; twenty-three grandchildren, a number of great grands, a long time devoted loving companion Bernice Smith, and a host of other relatives.
Daddy your strength was amazing, you fought a good fight in sickness to the bitter end. We will forever embrace the memories we have of you and with you. The time has come for you to take your Rest! You will be deeply missed yet forever in our hearts and on our minds, as we forever speak your name in the stories of you that we will continue to share with one another! In your famous funny words, Okie Dokie!
The Family of William Brown is profoundly grateful for the abundance of outpouring of love shown to us during this time of bereavement. We thank you immensely and asked that you continue to keep us in your prayers. As you go please carry with you our fathers loving legacy.