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S: The Legacy of Thomas and Phyllis Brown

BC: Published 2012 | And the vine continues.........................................

FC: The Legacy of Thomas and Phyllis Brown | God has given us no greater blessing than that of belonging to a loving family. May we embrace all the rich legacies of our heritage.

1: ~Dedication~ But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children. Psalms 103:17 This book is dedicated to our ancestors who lived their lives with a commitment to the Lord. They believed that their faith in God would sustain them. We thank them, our ancestors, for believing in family, for a rich and grand legacy, and for instilling in us values that have enriched our lives. Special thanks to all of the beautiful people on these pages. May you enjoy looking at the many faces that bring this book to life and bring back fond memories. May we all share this history with our families and continue to keep this legacy alive. Amongst these pages, may you find treasures worth more than gold!

2: God never makes a baby that he don't make a piece of bread for. | Thomas and Phyllis Brown | 1879 - 1964 1883 - 1968 | Pay yourself first Nothing is sure but death and taxes. | One Bush...... | ......One vine

3: Thomas Brown was born February 5,1879 to Tony and Jennie (Butler) Brown. His dad, Tony Brown was born in Mississippi approximately 1826. His mother, Jennie was born in Oklahoma. He was one of fourteen children. Tom Brown and Phyllis Cubit were married on January 1, 1900. He was 21 and she was 17. Phyllis (Cubit) Brown was the daughter of Ben and Jane (Richards) Cubit. Documents from the 1920 Census records show at that time her father, Ben Cubit was 72 years old. The Census reports that he owned his land in 1920, free and clear. His wife, Jane (Janie) was 50 years old in 1920. She was born in 1870, eight years after the Civil War ended. Grandpa Ben and Grandmother Jane had seven children that we know of: Mary (Hankins), Phyllis (Brown), Laura (Workman), Rendy (Lewis), Mitchell, Robert, and Douglas Cubit. They resided in Eagletownship, Oklahoma. Tom Brown served his community faithfully for many, many years. He helped build three churches. Tom was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church of the Ponca Bow, Oklahoma community. He was also well known for the sorghum molasses syrup that he made from sugar cane. Tom raised cows, horses, and was also known for his pretty mules, good crops, and orchards. He was a hard working man who believed in education for his children. According to the 1920 Census, he also owned his land, had a mortgage, had attended school, and could read and write. Phyllis, in her early years taught school at the rural colored school. In later years, she became a midwife. Phyllis delivered many of the babies for the Blacks, Whites, and Indians during the 1930's. Phyllis was a great woman. She was strong in her faith in God. She accepted Christ at the Presbyterian Church and later united with the Baptist Church of Eagletown. Phyllis was a fine seamstress. She made many quilts for everyone in the community. Her love and devotion to her family was exhibited in her multitasking skills. Some being a love mate to Papa, provide her midwife services, an exemplary mother, assist in raising her grandchildren, serving her community and church when needed, and doing unlimited household and field chores. Tony Brown made a testimony in 1899 before the Dawes Commission for the five civilized Indian tribes of Oklahoma for enrollment as a Choctaw Indian Freedman. His slave master was Tom Pitchlynn, a Choctaw Indian. | Eagletown is located near the Mountain Fork River, and is on U.S. Highway 70, about six miles west of the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Oklahoma history sites the community as prominent in regional history from the early nineteenth century. The Choctaw Indians did not create dense settlements but instead dispersed near Ponca, a trading post or mission station around what became Eagletown. The region just inside the boundary was an attractive and logical stopping place for the Choctaw Indians after their arduous trek from Mississippi. The first major group arrived in early 1832 near a "ration point" on the Mountain Fork River, where food was issued as required by the removal treaty. In April 1832, 852 Choctaws were being rationed here. Later in the year another large group arrived and by 1834 an estimated 1,500 Choctaw Indians lived in the vicinity. Eagletown is now a small unincorporated community in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. The Post Office was established in 1834 and was the first permanent Choctaw Indian settlement in the West. The Gardner Mansion, three miles west of Eagletown, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NR 75002068). We further know that on April 19, 1899, Grandpa Tony enrolled himself, his wife Jennie, and five children, Amy, Amandy, Rufus, Tom and Louis, as Choctaw Indian Freedman, woman, and children. The Dawes Freedman Rolls were commissioned to determine who had land rights in the Choctaw Indian Nation of Southeastern Oklahoma and who were the Freedmen, women and families of Indian descent. This information was included because our paternal great-grandmother Jennie, is believed to be a spouse/slave owned by the Choctaw Indians. It is possible her parents traveled with the Indians from Mississippi on the "Trail of Tears" to Oklahoma. Tom and Phyllis Brown had at least three children who did not live and/or passed away as infants. Living children were, Lesley Brown, the oldest son, who died in the early 1920's in Muskogee, Oklahoma during the influenza epidemic. He was a talented musician, and an excellent pianist. Next, there were Bennie, Irene, Claud, Amanda, Odes Davis (O.D.), Ollie Mae, Aserlene and Wilmon. Recorded by Claudia Brown Spears and Janifer Wimbley Winsett

4: BENNIE OLIVER BROWN April 12, 1906 - June 21, 1979 Bennie Oliver Brown wa s born April 12, 1906, in Eagletown, OK. He was the second child of Tom & Phyllis Brown. Bennie attended public school in Oklahoma and later attended Langston University earning a Bachelor's Degree. Bennie was employed with the McCurtain County School District where he served as a teacher, librarian, principal, and supervisor of schools for 35 years. In 1969, Bennie was elected as the first black City Councilman of Idabel, OK. In 1939, our Father married Laura A. McFalls, who was also an educator. Mother Laura passed away in 1966. In 1969, he married Fannie M. Golston. Mother Fannie passed in 2010. Our Father had seven daughters: Annie Mae Robinson, Bobbie Brown Jones, Robbie Brown Carroll, Doris Johnson, Joyce Walker Giddens, Tonnette Washington, and Carmen Brown-Hill. Rodney, his grandson was also brought up around him. Bennie has nine grandchildren, Rodney Pennington, Toni Wills, Nicole Barnes, Jason Jones, Carla Giddens, Ann Giddens, Lee Dale Giddens, Rodney Ware and Carrigan Hill and nine great grandchildren. | Our Father was a man that would give his shirt off his back. He opened the Brown Community Center in Idabel, Oklahoma for children in the community. I remember him as always helping others, whether it was giving rides to and from work, grocery store or post office. He also tutored children and helped those in n eed finan-cially. He too, was like Uncle Claud, always saying "You have to get educated to get ahead." He had a great sense of humor and always kept a smile on his face. He was definitely the rock of our family. He was a good husband, father, grand-father and friend, not to mention an extremely intelligent man. Our father made his transition on June 21, 1979 at the young age of 73. He has been extremely missed. His legacy lives on in his girls and grandchildren. We thank God for our father who lived a great life and made an unforgettable mark on those who knew and loved him. Love the "Bennie Brown Daughters"

6: Carroll Jones Giddens Pennington Hill

7: Washington Johnson Walker Barnes

8: Irene Brown Walker July 14, 1908 - January 11, 1997 Mrs. Irene Brown Walker was the Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother and Great grandmother of the Brown's, Walker's, Smith's and extended families of five generations. "She raised everybody" and we are better people for having been raised by her. Another gift that Aunt Rene, "Big Mommy" as she was referred to, gave us to treasure was how she loved and cared for her mother, Grandma Phyllis Cubit Brown. She nursed grandma Phyllis and taught all of us by her example. | Irene was the first woman of the family who went away from home to work. She would send home generous boxes of gifts, not only for her daughter, Celessie, but for the rest of the family as well. Her example of "sending boxes" home was repeated down through the years by her sisters, Mandy, Ollie Mae and Aserlene. She was a lovely grandmother to Phyllis, Helen, Inona, Lawrence Jr., and Dwayne. She was the model citizen that always lead by example. She also raised and adopted several sons and daughters, who were not her own, but who became extended family. All Irene needed to know was; here was a young person who needed her and there was always plenty "good room" in her home and "good food" at her table. One such son is Reverend Floyd Perry, Jr. Irene was the beautician of the family. She pressed and curled many a heads. She taught us how to "grow our hair out". She also made clothing for us and even took the time to take us shopping. She would prepare meals for us when our parents were working. One favorite memory is when she was giving her granddaughter, Denise a lesson and "Big Mommy" was still able to get her point across by using a fly swatter. Irene attended Elliott Academy School in Valiant, OK. She married Clarence Walker in 1943 and remained a faithful wife until going to be with the Lord. She was a pioneer member (the first African American Mother) of Brotherhood Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kansas. She was a strong woman, with a strong faith in God. Her love for her church, church family and her own family sustained her each and every day. She was one of our family's "Solid Rocks". Many fond memories, your loving family

9: Mr. Tom and Mrs. Phyllis Brown Eagletowm. Okla. | I am doing good. Working hard. Miss you. Love you all. Irene

10: Dear Dad and Mom, How are you all? I am fine. Working very hard. I miss you all. I hope the gifts that I sent home are to your liking. The weather here is cold. I work hard every day. Miss you all. I hope rest of the family is doing good. I hope to be able to come home this summer to help on the farm and to see you all. Love Irene | Smith Washington Davis Arnold

11: Balderas Watkins Harris Dunn

12: "Cadillac Brown"

13: Mr. Claud Brown was the fourth child of Thomas and Phyllis Brown. Claud was born in the community of Ultimathule on September 20, 1910. He lived on the western line of Arkansas and Oklahoma for several years until their house burned down in the teens. The family then moved to the community of Eagletown. He described that Papa Tom was one of the most progressive farmers in the community. Grandma Phyllis was Papa Tom's very capable wife and homemaker. As a youngster, Claud was taught to farm, work hard and be a productive young man, along with his siblings. Claud attended school at Elliott Academy, in Valiant, Oklahoma. The early farm life was hard and a constant struggle, but because Papa Tom and Grandma Phyllis were intelligent, strong, creative, God fearing and wise persons, they provided a foundation that we have inherited even to this day. Claud grew and developed and married Nettie Richardson from across the Arkansas line in Lockesburug. They first lived in Eagletown. Claud hated sharecropping, and would say "I was always in the man's debt." They moved to Broken Bow, then to Wright City. He spent time as a saw mill worker for Deirks Lumber and Coal Co. He hated that too. Claud was a creative provider. He may have sold a little "Home Brew and a little Moonshine" at different times, to make ends meet. I remember him saying, "It's made to sell and not to drink." As I reflect, I think he may have provided a needed community service. The black, white, and red men came by on Friday and Saturday nights to get a little "Toddy for the Body." In 1944, we moved to Wichita, Kansas and lived in the Planeview community (Defense housing for aircraft workers). He worked at Boeing Aircraft for several years, then moved on to Beech Aircraft. He also did some construction work in between. And then there was always yard and gardening at home and for many families in the Wichita area. This work was his passion. He loved his "Farm Machinery" as much as he loved his trucks and cars. He finally retired from Beech Aircraft after 22 years. He and Mama Nettie made a good life for daughters, Connie, Claudia and Charlene and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved family -- extended family and community. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and neighbor. He was smart, wise, thrifty, a great historian, and had a sense of humor that is part of his legacy because his humor continues on today. He gave sage advice that came through to him from our ancestors. He was not a Church going man, but you could not beat him singing the "Old One Hundreds" (the Spiritual of his day). One of his admonitions was: "Get an education so that you will not look down on anybody, and then nobody can look down on you." He loved his country, and had a strong dislike for "Republicans." He was "Mr. Democrat" of Wichita. His storytelling was legendary. He loved Cadillacs. One of his nicknames was "Cadillac Brown". Grandchildren came by on Sunday afternoons to hear his legends and his long tales of the past and the present. Claud Brown made his transition on December 9, 1997 at the age of 87. He was a good man. We, as a family will always remember him. His legacy lives on. We thank God for this strong Black man, who lived a good life and who left great lessons for us to master on our journey, and to pass on to those who are our gifts and blessings along our way. Rest in peace, Mr. Claud Brown. We will see you in the morning. Claudia J. Spears, remembering you. | Claud Brown Sept. 20, 1910 - Dec. 9, 1997

14: Nance Spears Chapman | Barker | Williams | Holmes | Richmond | Robinson | Gill | Liggins | Scott | Mumford | Rogers

16: Amanda (Mandy) Brown Boswell Nov. 13, 1913 - March 7, 1978 Mandy Brown was born on November 13.1913, in Eagletown, Oklahoma. and was the fifth child of Thomas and Phyllis Brown. Mandy was married to Jerry Boswell. She became the mother of one child, Lorene Brown Shaw, a grandmother to six; Avery, Audrey, Ernest Jr., Donald, Cheryl and Stephanie and eleven great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Mandy loved music, traveling, and the great outdoors such as riding horses, working on the farm, and going fishing. She was an excellent cook and loved home-cooked food. Mandy always looked elegant and well-dressed, and had an astonishing collection of shoes, hats, and jewelry. Mandy was a beautiful, loving, happy, warm, friendly, and generous individual. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Her wonderful sense of humor and smile filled everyone's heart with joy and happiness. Mandy was a devoted mother and grandmother. Special fond memories of Mandy Brown will continue to be treasured in the lives of her daughter, grandchildren, family, and friends. Her legacy of love will surely be handed-down from generation to generation. Elegant and stylish was Aunt Mandy's trademark to quote her nieces. We all loved to visit and raid her closet. She was gracious and always accommodating for that special event or night out. She was known to shop at the finest of stores. I think this sense of fashion and style is a large part of her legacy. In other words, she had a "Passion for Fashion". She gave us tips on how to dress and make an entrance. Her sense of humor always added to any visit to her home. She loved to wear hats and would wear them with just the right angle and tilt of her head. Aunt Mandy also was especially nurturing and caring during the senior years of her parents and older brother. She took care of our grandparents and her brother Bennie, during their later years and seasons of health challenges. Aunt Mandy was also a great cook. She grew collard greens in her back yard and I (Claudia), remember that she cooked a pot of greens for my wedding reception, which were the hit of the day. Her homes, in Planeview, Wichita, Los Angeles and Idabel welcomed the children of the family. She and Uncle Jerry were the life of any party. She was a grand lady, who taught us many lessons, and we will always remember her with love and pride. Mandy Brown was a light of love, and it was a blessing to have had such a beautiful "Queen" in our family. | Remembering your life and love, Your family and nieces

18: Shaw Ukkerd Williams Hubbard Roberson Hall

21: Odes Davis Brown (O.D.), born February 4, 1915 in Eagletown, Oklahoma. Our parents were married on January 11th in Oklahoma; to the union there were seven children: Laverne Waters, Leotis Davis Brown, Charles Edward Brown, Tommycine Shealey, Jimmy Lorenzo Brown, Johnny Brown and Joanne Brown. Our mom had two children from a previous marriage: Luvert Walker and Norma Jean (Peggy) Walker Clayton. Dad also had a daughter, Louann Wimbly. Our father saw his children facing a dead-end existence in Eagletown, Oklahoma. He saw an opportunity to move from Eagletown, and he took it. He brought his family to Brawley, California in June of 1957. Our dad drove the school bus for the high school students to Broken Bow High School from Eagletown. He would leave the bus at the school and hitchhike back home to do farming, etc. He would hitchhike back to Broken Bow to drive the students home. One day he was hitchhiking a ride home from Broken Bow and was picked up by a Caucasian couple who lived in Brawley, California and they were on their way home to Ash Down, Arkansas for vacation. They struck up a conversation. He (Mr. Clyde Stiff) asked dad about his life, family and work. At this point, he asked dad if he would like to come and work for him in California baling hay and our dad accepted. He paid for dad's ticket to Brawley to come out in March of 1957. Dad came back to Eagletown in June of the same year for his family. He sold his school bus and bought a 1951 four-door Ford. We headed to California, seven children, Mom and Dad - nine people in the car was like sardines in a can, but we made it. A year later, Luvert and his wife came out from Wichita, Kansas, and Peggy, who lived in Los Angeles with her husband, eventually moved to Brawley. Dad did the work for awhile, but could not do the work much longer. Dad thought that he would explained to Mr. Stiff the he was too old to pick up those bales of hay and put them on the truck and that he would go back to Oklahoma. Mr. Stiff then offered dad a job in his shop and dad accepted. Our "Dad" was well known, well liked, and respected by all in Brawley. He was known as "Papa Brown" by friends, relatives and grandchildren. Our relatives loved coming to Brawley to see our parents. The "door was always open" to everyone. He met no strangers and had no enemies. He was nicknamed "Mr. President" because he would drive down Main Street or any street and wave. Dad retired from the Brawley School District as a Senior Custodian. The children of the schools loved their "Mr. Brown". Our fondest memories include going to mom and dad's house for Sunday dinner, of course with all of our kids. After dinner, we would sit around talking, joking, laughing, with the grandkids being "very noisy". We would watch TV, our parents favorite program, The Los Angeles Thunderbirds, a professional skating team. After it was over one of us would say, "I guess we better go home now'". Dad would be laying on the floor (his favorite spot), and when that was said, he would jump up and say, "I'm glad you ALL are leaving at the same time. I'm sorry, I mean, you all are leaving at the same?" We laughed knowing he meant "glad we were all going home". His legacy lives on through his children and 31 grandchildren. | Odes Davis (O.D.) Brown February 4, 1915 - May 11, 1976 | Tommycine Brown Shealey, your blessed daughter

22: Brown | Shealey | Walters | Clayton | Walker | Wimbly

24: Ollie Mae Brown Wimbley Childers Nov. 6, 1918 - Sept. 26, 1992 Ollie Mae was the seventh child born to Thomas and Phyllis Brown. On today's maps Eagletown is a small dot but this is where Ollie Mae was born, raised, and educated. At some point they lived in Broken Bow and finally Idabel, Oklahoma. Ollie Mae attended school is Eagletown. She graduated high school at a one room segregated school. From pictures I've seen, although Eagletown had a large Indian population, the school Ollie Mae attended was all Black. I think she attended college for a short time, a small college for Black students in that region. Ollie Mae married J.C. Wimbley in 1937. She was just 19. They set up house in Eagletown and started a family. Oliver, Gwen and Roger were born in Eagletown with Grandma Phyllis as the mid-wife. When Oliver, Gwen, and Roger were just little ones, Ollie Mae left J.C. Wimbley. Knowing my mother, being the submissive wife was challenging for her. At one point she owned her own business. She had a one-room combination restaurant and hair salon. In 1952, Ollie Mae, Oliver, Roger and Gwen settled in Wichita, Kansas. She moved to Wichita to work for Boeing. They lived in Planeview, located on the south end of Wichita, built for the Boeing employees. Later, the family moved to the north end of Wichita. We lived on Cleveland Street. Oliver and Roger attended East High School and Gwen attended North High School. In 1955 and 1957, Ollie Mae added Jan and Tony to the family. She joined and became a pioneer member of Brotherhood Presbyterian Church along with her sister, Irene Walker. She was a Sunday School teacher and a very active member of the church. She worked as a domestic for some time to support her family and then later Ollie Mae attended school to become a Nurse Aide. After school she began working at St. Francis Hospital, where she worked for 30 years until her retirement. She was well known at St. Francis as a dedicated and conscientious employee who gave excellent patient care. In the early 60's, Ollie Mae brought a home as a single mom. We lived on Prince Street for ten years. In 1968 she married Paul Childers. Together she and Paul worked their prospected jobs and retired. After their retirement they enjoyed fishing and gardening. Every body of water "looked like good fishin'" to them. They pan fried their catch of the day, head and all, and ate it the same day. Ollie Mae saw her children marry, divorce, marry again, become parents, go off to the Navy, Army, college, and jail. She gave each of us unconditional love no matter how much we messed up and she was our biggest cheerleader when we did well. Before her death she was the proud, grandmother to Vicky, Oliver Jr., Sharlette, David, Rhonda, Chifton, Stephon, Eric, Michelle, Erin, and Elise and the great grandmother to 18. Today that legacy has increased to include even more great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Her love for her children and grandchildren was absolute. We always felt like we were loved, even when we were getting our butts smacked. Ollie Mae was a mentor to many young girls and mothers. She inspired independence in women and was supportive to all family members. She spoke her mind and was quick to give solicited and unsolicited advice. Ollie Mae died September 26, 1993 from a sudden stroke. She was 74. Up until the day of her stroke, she was active, vibrate and a significant part of our lives.

25: Her health history was generally strong and good. She and Paul ate vegetables from their massive garden all year and got up with the chickens and went to bed after the news every night. Ollie Mae loved her family. She was very close to her sisters and brothers and taught us kids to value our family above all other relationships. Our aunts and uncles were our heroes and our cousins our best friends. I remember spending our summer vacations in Idabel visiting our ailing grandmother and grandfather. Mama was never a stranger. She talked to everyone and if she didn't know them at first, after a brief conversation, she soon knew them and who "their people were". The term "none of your business" did not apply to her. She didn't keep secrets well - she told her sisters everything. She loved Nat King Cole and Ray Charles. She loved her garden and her home, pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Jackie Robinson were proudly displayed on her walls. I remember she was an excellent checker and domino player - she beat us every time. She had a "ump" code, depending on her degrees of disbelief, bewilderment, or disgust. One "ump' meant "that's really something", two umps meant "I find that a little far fetched", and three umps meant "that's the biggest lie I ever heard". Mama taught us kids never to give up and to go after your dreams. She had a lot of advice for use during our lives. One of the things she said all the time was "Nothing beats a failure but a try." We'll always remember you, Mama~~~Jannifer Wimbley Winsett

26: Wimbley Childres Gordon Winsett

27: McGlory Manuel Green Kincnion Carruitero

29: Aserline Brown Hurte Jan. 12, 1920 - April 9, 2006 One wintry Monday in the year of our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty, on January 12th in Eagletown,Oklahoma, God smiled upon Thomas and Phyllis Brown bringing into this world a precious bundle of joy, their last daughter. Aserlene attended school in the Public System of Eagletown; later attending Langston University. Langston, OK. At an early age she confessed her hope in Christ. On Friday, August 20, 1943, love was in the air when Aserlene met Willie T. Hurte, Sr. and united in Holy Matrimony. To this union three sons were born, Willie T Jr., Kermy, and David. Upon locating to Oklahoma City, Aserlene united with the St. John Missionary Baptist Church. She worked with the WMU, Sunday School, BTU Department and was a Deaconess #2. She helped out in the kitchen when needed until her health failed. Aserlene worked hard taking care of the four men in her life. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Aserlene loved people and she loved life. One of her nieces recalls that Aunt Aserline was a lady of style and fashion. She was most gracious and a sumptuous cook. All of the sisters would set a bountiful table for family or guest every holiday. It was always a pleasure to visit Aunt Ase and Uncle Willie's home. Aunt Ase was a creative seamstress and always looked as if she stepped out of Vogue magazine. Her manner was that of elegance and proper grace. She was a sight to behold as she made her way to church. Her church honored her with a beautiful tribute at the time of her homegoing. On Sunday, April 9th, 2006, God send his angels in to remove her from our midst and placed her in the garden of love to be reunited with her parents, siblings, husband and son, Willie T. (BIlly) Hurte, Jr. She was the last of her siblings to join the heavenly Brown ancestors. Recorded with love, Kermie and David.

30: The Hurtes | Willie | Kermy | David

32: Wilmon Brown " BROWNIE" Dec. 15, 1923 - Feb. 20, 1991 It's Automatic Born in December, 1923, Wilmon Clarence Brown, was Thomas and Phyllis Brown's ninth child. He was the baby boy. He honored his parents' by trying to live by their values and legacy. Many knew him by the name of "Brownie". Others called him "Will". I, on the other hand called him "Daddy" and he called me "Poot Box". His grandchildren affectionately called him Papa, Daddy and Grandpa. It was automatic that my dad lived his life his way, loving family, God, laughter and enjoying life. Can you dig it; well he did for 40 years as a heavy equipment operator for West Los Angeles Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Recycling eared him pocket change. | Upon his home-going in February 1991, he was blessed to have been married to his "Good Thing" as God's Word says, Ernestine Hampton Brown (Skip), whom he adored and loved. She was the wind beneath his wings. His genuine love and support was also automatic for his three daughters, Carol Greenwood, Nada Parham and born later in his life, Joy Brown. He sincerely believed his daughters would be successful in life. Today, the "Brownie" generations have expanded to include: his grandchildren, Shawn and Charise Parham, and Renee Greenwood., nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Him and my mother were providers of their home and a support system for my family. Together, they built a home on a foundation of love, spiritual growth in Jesus and instilled in us the value of having a good education. As far as my family, Dad made sure all our needs were met. Anyone that knew my dad knew that he ran his house...mouth, the vacuum, the stove, lawn mower and anything else on the "honey do list". He made my friends feel apart of our family. Some said he was like their father. As a good neighbor, Dad was well informed of all the neighborhood news and maintained their yards. | Being a wise man, he taught us about the power of forgiving, saying "Even when you or others make a mistake, you still deserve to be loved'. I saw my dad as a man's man. He spoke his mind and did not compromise on his convictions. He expressed this in a way that was passionately clear, humorous, thought provoking and sarcastic. He was always willing to give advice, talk about his experiences as a child and about his family, the struggle of the Jim Crow era, Eagletown and serving in the military.

33: What I learned from my Dad is you are your best when being yourself. He was the best at being him. He instilled in me to love God and family first, enjoy life, work hard, laugh till you cry and cry till you laugh. self love, good morals, being independent, take care of yours, integrity, be honest and maintain your car. My dad would say, "If your car is well maintained, no one would know you didn't have shoes." He taught me to immolate his strengths and learn from his weaknesses. My dad, Brownie, truly loved and showed concerned toward his siblings, nieces and nephews. He affectionately embraced his role as Uncle Brownie. Their concerns were his concerns. He was there for them when needed. He looked forward to laughing, eating, playing cards and sharing his spirits with family and friends. | He enjoyed preparing, eating and sharing his favorite dishes such as greens, green salad, corn bread, barbecue and steaks. There was always a pot of cooked greens at our house. He believed greens would cure anything. He was very comfortable socializing with people. He loved music, dancing and telling jokes. He wanted to be a comedian. When family members were considering relocating to Los Angeles, he sometimes allowed them to stay at our home and provided information about job opportunities. | He approached life like a soldier. Battles of life, you will have, and you face them prayerfully with faith and courage. When it's too serious, keep laughing. As an honorable World War II Army soldier, he fought for his country and was awarded several medals for his marksmanship. I guess you can say he was also good with an automatic. I'm thankful for my Dad, because his love was AUTOMATIC! Cherished memories........Nada

34: Parham Greenwood

35: Brown Hall Ross Jeffries Crawford

38: When you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas. Everybody has their own way of going crazy. Bullshit is just chewed up grass. White folks buy what they can afford, Black folks buy what the want. If you make a dollar, save a quarter. Keep some money in your pocket. A bird in your hand is worth two in the bush. Hold your head up, you are just as good as anybody else. Look a man in his eye, so you will know whether he is lying or not. Laziness will kill you. Get all you can, can all you get and then sit on the can. Claud Brown | Ollie Mae Childers Italian Cream Cake 1 stick of butter 1 T. soda 2 C. flour 1 T. vanilla 1/2 C. oil 1 C. shredded coconut 2 C. sugar 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 C. buttermilk 5 eggs (separated) Cream butter, oil, sugar, one egg yolk at a time, beating after each addition. Stir soda into buttermilk, add flour to butter, alternate with buttermilk mixture. Add vanilla, coconut and nuts. Beat egg whites, fold into butter. Pour in greased and flour 9X13 inch or 2, 9-inch cake pan. Cool and Icing. Italian Cream Cake Icing. 1 - 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 lb. box powdered sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 T. vanilla 1 stick butter, softened 1/2 C. nuts Beat cream cheese and butter. Add nuts, vanilla, powdered sugar and nuts. Beat until spreadable. 325 45 min. | Irene Walker Summertime Dessert 1 can of Carnation milk (chilled) 1/2 C. powdered sugar 1 Box, 4-oz. Jello (lemon flavor) 2 C. graham crackers 1/2 C. sugar 2 T. butter Prepare cracker crumbs with butter and add powdered sugar. Use on1/2 of crumbs. for crust., (use 10-inch dish). The remaining half will be used to sprinkle on top. Let can of milk stay in refrigerator overnight to chill. Whip milk till it stands in peaks. Add sugar and one cup of hot water to Jello. Put in refrigerator until thick, then fold in mixture with the cream. Refrigerate overnight before serving. | Moms | Family Reunion 2012 | Dads | Acknowledgments First and foremost, thanks be to God for his grace and mercy.. We are all blessed to be a part of this family. To all who supported, contributed and gave us encouragement in creating this book., Thanks you! May we embrace our history and continue to pass on this rich heritage.. Jan Winsett Sonya Nance Nada Parham David Hurte | A Tribute to the Brown Women WOMEN ARE BLESSINGS TO THE WORLD Women are a blessings to the World They are as precious as pearls From North, South, East and West They have withstood the tests Women are blessings to the World Women are lights to the World Their love and beauty is unfurled, With their beacon lights, they brighten up the nights, Women are lights to the World Women are helpers to the World They are as precious as pearls, With outstretched hands they stand, Willing to do what they can, Women are helpers to the World, Women are Blessings to the World. Author Bonzie Williams | "Is a Monkey Funky?" A woman can lay down longer than a man can stay up. Greens will cure anything. Make your bowels move and you are good to go. You don't have no business, you have arrangements. If your relationship didn't work he would say "Do you know how many were born the same year as your ex?" Wilmon Brown

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