Deacon Elijah Brown

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a CROWN of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  II Timothy 4:6-8

God called home his son, Deacon Elijah Brown, 77, from his earthly home to his heavenly home from the Hospice Satilla Hospice House Tuesday, April 2, 2019. His loved ones were at his bedside.   

He was born September 25, 1941, in Coffee County to the late John Brown Sr. and Lillie Bell Murphy Brown. 

He attended Waycross public schools and graduated from Center High School in the Class of 1959.  

He accepted Christ at an early age, and he became a member of St Peters Missionary Baptist Church in 1965. He was a member of Saint Peter’s Baptist Church for 54 years; where he served as a dedicated Trustee/Chairman of Trustees, an honor deacon, and served in the Male Chorus.

He was a very faithful man of God. He served God and St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church with all his heart. He worked diligently in many compacities.

In his younger days, he loved playing baseball with the Waycross local baseball team Eagles. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and various types of sports. He was a member of the United Men’s Club., He worked for CSX Railroad for 37 years before finally retiring May 30, 2002.

He married Verndel Wilson and to this union six children were born.

As he was called to rest, he leaves his precious memories always with one daughter Veronica Thomas (Lloyd), Suffolk, VA; five sons Onsolo Brown (Angie), Oxen Hill, MD, Vincent Brown (Sandra), Midway, Anson Brown (Desiree), Clinton, MD and Mark Brown (Michelle) and Adrian Brown (Alicia), both of Waycross; two sisters; Emma Harmon, Waycross and Bonnie Grimes, Jacksonville, FL; two brothers; Maret Brown (Lorreta) and Syvester Brown (Carol); two sisters-in-law; Thewana Parrish, Portsmouth, VA and Terrie McGauley (Marion) of Blackshear; one brother-in-law; Clinton Wilson (Mopsy); 18 grandchildren and host of great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family is receiving friends at 706 Sargeant St., Waycross.

Visitation and a night of accolades from family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the funeral home, 505 Ware St. Blackshear.     

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, from the St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Fireman St., Waycross. The Rev. Norris Woods, Pastor. Deacon Brown’s nephew, Elder Kenneth Kirksey, pastor of Power House of Faith, Waycross, will deliver words of comfort. 

Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Waycross. 

The cortège will assemble at the residence at 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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