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Richard Bernard Brown, "Uncle Richard" Archer's oldest pioneering activist and a direct link to the infamous Rosewood Massacre, died Saturday, May 18, 2012, at the University of Florida Shands Hospital of natural cause. He was 97. He was born in Archer, Florida, parents, Lizzie Polly Sams Brown and Charlie Louis Brown, December 14, 1914.
He attended Blue Peter school in rural Archer. He graduated from Stanton High school, Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Brown retired from the city of Detroit in 1958- In 1961, he relocated back home to Archer and became a practicing farmer and performed different jobs.
The celebration of his life will be held at 10;00 AM Saturday, May 26, 2012, St Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, 18107 SW 107th Street, Archer, FL 32618. Lizzie Robinson Jenkins officiating and Bishop Leo Robinson, Sr. presiding.
Mr. Brown was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church serving on the Deacon's Board. He was an invested servant of God and got great joy out of going to church, helping people and visiting with church friends.
He is an Honorary Member of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. He is a member of the local branch of the NAACP and a former member of the DBCF. He was Chaplain of the Archer Historical Black Cemetery, BEMCRO, Inc.
Mr. Brown was very active in the Fraternal Order of Masonry since September 20, 1950. He served in many fraternal leadership positions, such as, District Deputy Grand Master, District Deputy Grand High Priest, High Priest of Mt. Pisgah and Past Commander in Chief of University City Corsistory, Grand Treasurer of the Florida Council of Deliberation and Grand Treasurer of the Most Excellent Union Grand Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons. He demitted to Rising Sun Lodge # 10, Gainesville, Florida. He was a 32nd degree Mason. His expertise in performing funeral services took him throughout the state. He was instrumental in the Lodge #10 purchasing a Lifetime NAACP Membership. He holds a Life Membership in Marracci, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, Inc. and he was a supporting member of the Knights of Pythias. He was a member of the Elks Lodge.
He has been a representative for justice and equality for years. He was a political activist and voted by mail in every election. His biggest surprise came when he witnessed an African American, President Barack Obama elected President of the United States of America in 2008.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Foster Brown. He leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted niece/ caregiver, Lizzie Polly Robinson-Brown Jenkins, (John, Sr), (Archer, FL), stepdaughter Phyllis Stroud, (Charlotte, NC) Sister-in-laws, Queenie Brown Monroe, (Gainesville, FL), Vashti Robinson (Charlotte, NC), Connie Washington, (Charlotte, NC), (8) nieces/nephews, (27) grand nieces/ nephews, (31) great grand nieces/ nephews, (24) great-great grand nieces/ nephews and (2) great great-great grand nieces.
Wake: At the Home of Mr. Richard Brown, Friday, May 25, 2012, 7:00 PM, 14738 SW 159th Avenue, Archer, FL 32618. In lieu of flowers, send donation to the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 252, Archer, FL 32618. Direct debit:www.rosewoodflorida.com. To reach Jenkins: 352-214-6003.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 25 to May 28, 2012
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