Funeral services for Veteran Joe Brown of Americus, Georgia will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lebanon Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia with Pastor Hosie Waters officiating. Burial will follow at the Andersonville National Cemetery.
Veteran Joe Brown was born March 9, 1936 in Andersonville, Georgia to the parentage of the late Mr. Johnnie Willie Brown and the late Mrs. Willie Mae Davis Brown Plair.
He attended the Sumter County School System and later enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country from June 24, 1954 to June 21, 1957. He received National Defense Service Medal and Army Occupation Medal (Germany). Joe received an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America on May 31, 1962. Joe was employed by Sumter (Studstill) County Livestock and Reeves Construction Company.
At an early age he joined the Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Daniel Thomas. Joe moved to the Douglas Circle Community and he became affiliated with Praise, Preach and Deliverance Ministries under the leadership of the late Pastor Vernell Carter. Upon moving to the Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center he joined Lebanon Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Hosie Waters.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers: Mr. Ely Brown and Mr. Will Davis; grandmothers: Mrs. Laura Wilkerson Brown, Mrs. Mattie Snipes Murray Davis Kelly Hill. Joe transitioned peacefully at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia on Saturday, November 26, 2016 surrounded by his family.
He is survived by one son, Shelby Ray Brown of Atlanta, Georgia; one daughter, Audrey Davis of Brooklyn, New York; one grandson, Donte Brown; two granddaughters: Sherneka Brown and Chesha (Lakieza) Simon-Richardson; two great grandchildren: Yarwin Brown and Jordan Lowe; two sisters: Mrs. Mary Alice Caldwell of Miami, Florida and Ms. Robin Plair Wiley of Plains, Georgia; one brother-in-law, James Bowman Wiley, Jr. of Americus, Georgia; one nephew, James Bowman Wiley, III; six great nephews: Christian Tyler Wiley of Auburn, Alabama, Caleb James Wiley of Albany, Georgia, Jordan Eli’sha Wiley, Kaicen Aamir Wiley, Trontavious Deon Brown and Travontavious Leon Brown of Americus, Georgia; devoted cousins: Josephine (Albert) Cooper of Americus, Georgia, Mattie (Amos) Edge of Hope Hull, Alabama, Dorothy Melvin Daniels of Detroit, Michigan, and Artice Melvin of Atlanta, Georgia. Several other devoted relatives and friends survive the late Veteran Joe Brown.