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Willie George Brown
(July 13, 1937 - May 27, 2013)

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Willie George Brown

Willie George Brown was born July 13, 1937 in Kosciusko, Mississippi.  He was the oldest child of Elijah and Anice Brown. He had two brothers, Jack and Preston, and a sister Jean.  He lost his father (12/15/12 - 4/25/44) during World War II while at Camp Shelby, MS under suspicious circumstances. Subsequently, Willie became the man of the house at a very early age. He was always caring, protective, and always willing to help. He was heavily involved in sports and excelled in football, basketball, and track.  After graduating from Magee Colored High School (Magee, MS), he left Mississippi in 1957 to continue his education at Tennessee A&I in Nashville, TN. He pledged Phi Beta Sigma fraternity while enrolled at Tennessee A&I.

In 1960 he began working for Vanderbilt University in the Central Supply Department, and later at Central High School.  He decided to get into trucking and began driving with his brother in-law Clarence Robertson.  They traversed the United States as a team for over 4 years.  In 1963 Willie met Jean Lorrell Brooks at her family owned Cotten's Restaurant. They married in 1964.  They had one child together, George Prescott Brown.  Jean had five children; Lorrita, Guy, Sylvia, Stephanie and Stephen. Willie had a daughter, Regina Hambrick, also from Nashville.

 Still searching for a better life for his new family, he was hired by Roadway Express in 1973.  In 1994, he received a 20 year service award for 2 decades of safe driving. He subsequently retired from Roadway in 1999 after 25 years of safe and admirable service.  He had a passion for traveling, seeing America, and then sharing those places with all of his children.  He was an expert on highways, interstates, and navigation before the invention of GPS.  He made sure that each summer was filled with a summer vacation exposing his family to some of the many places that he had visited; California, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Mexico, Arizona and Mississippi.

After retirement Willie enjoyed starting each day reading the newspaper while listening to his Blues. He would frequent local clubs to listen to live Blues, and subsequently became a favorite of the establishment personnel.  He cherished quality time with his grandchildren, and loved taking them out to eat with him, picking them up from school, and watching them whenever he was called upon.

Willie was a dedicated father, grandfather, neighbor, friend, brother, and son.  He was likewise a hard worker whose main goal was always to provide for his family, and ensure that they were taken care of.  He didn't just want for his family; he routinely wanted the 'best' for his family.

In September of 2011 Willie was diagnosed with lung cancer.  By early 2012 his cancer was in remission. During that time he enjoyed hanging out with his son at local clubs enjoying live blues.  By early 2013, his cancer returned.  He fought a long and valiant fight from the moment his doctor informed him of his cancer, and never gave up until the very end.  He passed away on Memorial Day May 27, 2013.

He is survived by his brother, Luke Preston Brown (Magee, Ms); sister, Niciea Jean Brown Brewster (Plano, TX); son, George Prescott Brown, Guy and Stephen Brooks (Nashville,TN); daughters, Regina Hambrick, Lorrita Turnley, (Nashville,TN), Stephanie Wallace (Murfreesboro,TN), and Sylvia Snell (Ontario,CA); grandchildren Lorrika Shaun Brooks, Larry Turnley, Kendrick Bates, Shatika Wallace, LaToya Robinson, Shelby and Nicole Brooks, Chazmin and Elijah Brown; nieces, LaTricia and LaTrina Brown (Chicago), Joppa and Sonja Brewster (TX); nephew, Oscar Brewster (TX), a host of great-grandchildren. cousin, Columbus W. Jones; grand nieces and nephews, Elijah, LaRissa, Cole, Tyesha, James, Ryan, Jamal, Andrew, and Evan.



Family Visitation

Friday, June 7, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


J. W. Adkins Funeral Home

2510 12th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37204


Saturday, June 8, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Howard Congregational Church

2802 Buchanan Street

Nashville, TN 37208



Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 8, 2013

11:00 a.m.


Howard Congregational Church

2802 Buchanan Street

Nashville, TN 37208

Pastor Christophe D. Ringer, Eulogist

Greenwood Cemetery


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