William Samuel Brown
William Samuel Brown of Gulf Breeze, Florida, died on May 24th in Savannah, Georgia. He was born July 30, 1979, son of Dr. Thomas and Lita Brown.
Will was a star tennis player, reaching a top 30 national ranking in the 18 and under division. He played college tennis at the University of Florida.
He graduated from the University of Florida as an honor student, Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to finish medical school in 2009 at Nova Southeastern with honors, and he completed his residency in radiology from Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia.
Will had many passions in life: enjoying late night dinners at his parents' home with family and friends; seeking spiritual development through reading and conversation; skiing with his family and friends in Keystone, Colorado; scuba diving with his brothers David and Tad; exploring the internet for new music and learning the chords on his guitar; watching and playing tennis with his friends; attending music festivals around the Southeast with his brothers and friends; and talking the fine points of medical cases with his dad, a radiologist, and his two older brothers, Alex and Tad, both doctors. He loved to orchestrate reunions and parties bringing his family and friends together. He was a beloved son and brother, a treasured friend, a dedicated doctor, and a truly generous and sensitive soul.
William is survived by his brothers, Tad, Alex, and David Brown, by his nieces, Maddie and Hadley, by his nephews, Alex Jr. and Thomas and by his sister-in-laws, Sage and Nancy Brown. He is survived by many cherished uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. He survived his maternal grandparents, Amelita and William Huffman, of Pensacola, Florida, and his paternal grandparents, Eula and Samuel Brown, of Shelby, North Carolina. He survived his mentor, Willie Rankin, of Pensacola, Florida. He leaves behind many beloved friends, including Brandon Adams, Scott Rayner, Tim Handley, Chris Petrakis, Nick Gibson, and Eduardo Maristany.
A service of memorial will be held for Will at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 30, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 1 St. Francis Drive, in Gulf Breeze, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) or to St. Francis Church.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from May 28 to May 30, 2014