2013-11-14 / Obituaries


Rennie Baker Brown, 85, of Russellville died peacefully Nov. 5, 2013 with her family by her side.

She was born Feb. 29, 1928 in Coal Valley, Ala. She was a former resident of Fulton. After graduation from Oaknian High School in Walker County at the age of 17, she moved to Robertsdale to attend business college. While working as a clerk in a department store she met “the love of her life” (Brown) who had just returned from serving in World War II. After a brief romantic courtship (six weeks) they were married on April 20, 1946 in Loxley. In the same year, they moved to Fulton where they raised their family, Randall (Linda) Brown and Sheila Brown (Dennis) Upchurch.

She was a wonderful homemaker for her family. She volunteered in her children’s school by serving as president of the PTA and various other activities. One of her most enjoyable services was being a vital part of organizing the Fulton Sawmill Days event where everyone enjoyed her homemade biscuits. She was also very involved with her church which she loved dearly. For many years she was a member of the church choir and volunteered in the church library. She loved her Sunday School Class and members. For 12 years she worked as a clerk-bookkeeper in a local department store where she enjoyed visiting with the customers. Her hobbies included reading as well as playing card games with her friends. She always made people feel welcomed in her home and encouraged them to have a cup of coffee.

In addition to her son and daughter, she is also survived by one brother, Walter (Juanita) Boyd; five grandsons, Chris (Annette) Brown, Warren (Elizabeth) Brown, Richard (Michilyn) Brown, Bryan (Kelly) Walters, John (Lori) Walters; five greatgrandchildren, Tucker Brown Walters, Camille Walters, Wyatt Brown, Tristen Brown and Ko Brown; three nephews, Ricky (Sherry) Ross, Nevel (Jean) Andrews, Mike (Mary Ann) Andrews; two nieces, Wanda (Eddie) Foster, Brenda (Dickie) Tarleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Kimbrough Brown; one sister, Juanita Myers and her parents, Walter D. Boyd and Willie Z. Boyd.

The service was Nov. 9 at the First Baptist Church of Fulton with Rev. Mike Bedsole officiating and Rev. Keith Johnson assisting. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were grandsons, great-grandson, and friend, Ray Brunson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ladies Sunday School Classes at First Baptist Church of Fulton and other special friends.

Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed. (43-1tp)

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