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Robert Lee Brown, Sr.
Deacon Robert Lee Brown, Sr. passed away on Thursday June 11, 2020 in Sentara Hospice House Virginia Beach, Virginia. A Norfolk native, Robert Lee Brown was born on March 2, 1926 in Norfolk, VA. His parents were Viola Brown and Lloyd Corprew, Sr. His mother died in childbirth, and his grand- mother Willietta Brown raised him. To help out, he worked nights as a laborer at the Naval Air Station (NAS).
World War II started and Robert was drafted in 1942 into the United States Army. Return- ing home in 1944, Robert reclaimed his NAS job retiring on Jan 3, 1986 from Naval Air Re- works Facility with 42 years of service as Production Controller.
In 1951 he married Lois Wilson in a wedding ceremony at the Shiloh Baptist Church. Together they had one son, Robert L. Brown, Jr. He moved his membership from New Calvary Baptist Church to Shiloh. He attended Sunday School regularly, joined the Hodges Bible Class, became the class teacher, and later became Superintendent of Sunday School. Deacon Brown did “whatever he could do to help build the Kingdom of God”. He was a Vacation Bible School Teacher, Head Usher, President of the Male Chorus, member of the Finance Ministry, Kitchen Ministry Volunteer, advisor to Generation One Ministry and member of the SBC Brotherhood.
He became a deacon in 1958; and served as Deacon for 62 years and was Chairman of the Deacon and Trustee Board for twenty-three years (1989-2012). He was as a member of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Board, Lott Carey Men on A Mission, Teacher/Trainer for the Virginia Baptist State Convention, member of the Tidewater Metro Baptist Layman's League, and was honored as “Missionary of the Year” with the Tidewater Peninsula Baptist Association.
Deacon Brown was loved and respected at Shiloh, where the membership held him in the highest regard. He was a servant and supporter of the Lord, a Christian who followed the dictates of the Bible. He used his strong and commanding voice to direct and affirm. His presence made a difference in the atmosphere of the church. At the age of 80 he swooned Erma L. Carter. On Saturday, October 14, 2006 he married his new found love. He shared with his “Sugar Puddin” a loving relationship that was evident to anyone who knew them or to anyone who was ever in their presence. They shared fourteen years of marital bliss.
He was a member of the L & J Gardens Civic League, Watchman for L & J Gardens Neigh- borhood Watch. Robert was a 32nd degree Master Mason holding membership for over fifty years and was former Secretary of Unity Lodge #93 Prince Hall Masons.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandmother, wife Lois W. Brown, son Robert L. Brown, Jr., and brother, Lloyd Corprew, Jr. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Erma Lee Brown, step-daughters Amy Conley and Kimberly James (Calvin) and stepson, Wilbert Harold, six grandchildren and one great grandson. Sister –In-Laws; Alice Cooper of Chesapeake, Gloris DeFreitas (Ronald0 of GA, Sandra Copeland (Frankie) of Va. Beach and Brother-In-Law, Leonard Berry (Chae) of TX. Nephews Meredith Corprew (Brenda), Danny Corprew (Laura), and Clarence Ferebee (Ida). Nieces Evangelist Henrietta C. Vann, Evangela Corprew Baines (Michael), Elder Yvette Wyatt, Valeria Lawson (Fred), Paula Sayles, Lisa Griffin (Kelvin) and a host of other family members and friends.
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I am really going to miss Deacon Brown. He and my dad became Deacons at Shiloh together. I remember them talking about how they would stand on the corner in their younger days singing "We Three Kings". I imagine them singing in that heavenly choir now. Rest in Peace dear Deacon.
Bernadine Hazzard Jun 20 2020 12:00 AM
I thank God for allowing me to know Deacon Brown. He was a man of great wisdom and kindness. His wisdom came from the Word of God!. Erma may God's love comfort you and your family at this time.
Evelena Carter Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM
We will miss "Our Deacon" greatly. He was a great person with a great heart. We are sure he is definitely singing, "So Glad I'm Here in Jesus' Name." Love you Sis. Erma, God bless you.
James and Edvena Foreman
James and Edvena Foreman Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Erma, I will always remember Mr Brown and I thank God for introducing him into my life. He was a great man. He is smiling from heaven. God rest his soul.
Cassandra Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM
Erma, So sorry to hear of the passing of Deacon Brown. We will keep you in our prayers, Love ya, Ada and Bertha.
Brksada@AOL.com Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM
I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Mr. Brown
Ann Epps Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM
Magnus and I send our deepest condolence to you and your family. Our prayer is that the holy spirit wraps his loving arms of peace around you and keep you. We love you and will keep you lifted. Sincerely, LaValette
LaValette Boney Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM
I want to offer my condolences to you and the family during this difficult time. Mr. Brown always enjoyed me cutting up at the family gatherings. He would always have that deep laugh. We had some good times eating crabs during the summer. We will miss his presence but we will cherish the time spent and the memories that were made.
We will continue to lift you up in prayer.
Love The Johnson Family
Rita Johnson Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM
Linger, o blessed Redeemer
Leave me alone no more
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor
And rest on the blissful shore
I've had the honor of knowing Deacon Brown, my entire life. He will forever be a pillar of our church; I cannot imagine Shiloh without him. What we know is God gave him to us for awhile and what a job well done! We will miss Deacon Brown and keep your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
K Dodson Jun 15 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Erma and Family,
We were sadden to learn of the death of Deacon Brown last Thursday. He has been a long time family friend, mentor, church leader, role model and Lott Carey Traveler. He served with my Dad and our grandfather on the Deacon Board of Shiloh Baptist for many years. Deacon Brown was a tremendous Bible teacher for many years as well as our Sunday School Superintendent. Shiloh's children loved him dearly and he loved them.
We know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Thus, we have the blessed assurance that Deacon Brown is now singing in his loudest voice, "So Glad I'm Here"! We will miss him tremendously. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this hour of sorrow.
God bless each of you!
Marie W. McDowell & Family Jun 14 2020 12:00 AM