Willie Brown

Published 6:00 am Monday, January 7, 2008

Willie Brown, 95, a retired pipeline supervisor, died Jan. 4,2008, at his residence in Wesson. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 6,from 5 until 9 p.m. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Magee.Funeral services are 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the funeral homewith burial in the Rials Creek Cemetery in Mendenhall.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I havekept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown ofrighteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award tome on this day – and not only to me, but also to all who havelonged for his appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Brown was born in Simpson County on Feb. 26, 1912, on hismother’s 25th birthday, to Tommy and Pearlie Brown. He graduatedfrom Pinola High School.

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After working on the Simpson County roads, Brown was employedwith Southern Natural Gas Co. in Jefferson Davis County, then wastransferred to Toca, La. After 28 years of service, he retired fromSNG while working at Moulden. During his retirement, he dedicatedhis life to serving his Lord first and his family second.

Brown was a deacon of Wesson Baptist Church, past Master of J.M. Wesson Lodge, Scottish Rites, and Past Patron of William OliverChapter O.E.S.

There was a glorious homecoming as he joined loved ones whopreceded him in death, including his beloved wife, Myrl C. Brown;his sons, Billy and Jim Brown; his parents; his brothers, L.E.,Louis, Dee, H.L., Isom and Johnny Brown; and his sister, Lois BrownLawson.

Brown is survived by his sister, Lola Brown Wheeler, of Milton,Fla.; his daughter, Hilda Brown Hester; his grandchildren, JimBrown and Tina Brown, all of Mendenhall, Chad and Angela Hester, ofWesson, and Sabrina and David Waller, of Chiefland, Fla.; and hisgreat-grandchildren, J.C. Hester, of Wesson, Jessica, Josie andJared Howington, of Mendenhall, A.J. and J.W. “Peanut” Waller, ofChiefland, Fla., and Trace, Nick and Taylor Roberts, of Wesson; andmany other family members and friends.

He will forever be remembered as a man of principal who lovedhis family and friends unconditionally.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Rials CreekMethodist Church Cemetery Fund, 185 Rials Creek Road, Mendenhall,MS 39114.