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ROSALYN RENEE BRUNSWICK-McDUFFIE, born to Joseph Brunswick Sr. and Rose Brunswick, January 18, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, made her triumphant departure on Saturday, July 26, 2008. In 1970, the Brunswick Family relocated to Houston, TX, where Rosalyn was educated at Osbourne Elementary School, Fonville Jr. High, and graduated in 1987 from Sam Houston High School. Throughout high school Rosalyn was a member of Top Teens of America and won first place in her senior year. She furthered her education by receiving her certification as a dental technician from Texas Dental School. Rosalyn was a faithful servant, and was reared in the love of God. From childhood she attended Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. W. Leo Daniels and was baptized at the age of 4. Later she became a member of Ship of Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Darrell Daniels (7 years), and Abundant Life Cathedral, Pastor Ed Montgomery (11 years). Since the age of 3, Rosalyn used her God-given talents to bless others through singing, acting, and ministering. At the age of seventeen, Rosalyn sang with a band called Leon Mitcheson & Company. Mitcheson took her to Los Angeles to collaborate with Quincy Jones and Larry Dunn on a solo soul project. After reconsideration, she left her dreams of a soul music career behind and returned to Houston. Rosalyn's theatrical talents were displayed in the following Michael Matthew's hit plays: " I Need a Man," "Momma I'm Sorry," "Sneaky," and "Fake Friends." She also appeared in a TL&B Production called, "In the Father's House". On June 1, 1996, she was joined in holy matrimony with Efrem Z. McDuffie. From this union were born three beautiful children, Charizma Zhone, 9, Charity Zhoni 7, and Sir William Christopher, 2. In late July 2004, God led Pastor Efrem McDuffie and First Lady Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie to begin the Palace of Praise Church. The first service was held at 115 West Hamilton with only 7 members in attendance. In as little as 4 years time, God blessed the ministry to grow in numbers. Having more than 700 members, two additional locations were built in both Spring and Cleveland, Texas. An additional parcel of land was purchased adjacent to the Spring Church location. Rosalyns recording career began at Abundant Life Cathedral under the pastorate of Ed Montgomery. While serving at Abundant Life, Rosalyn was an active member of the choir, a praise leader and lead vocalist on three projects. In 2003 Rosalyn recorded her independent solo release "Just Rosalyn" featuring the hit single "Speak to Me," which she performed on Gospel Superfest, Bobby Jones, TBN and at many conferences throughout the country, launching her solo career. Whether through the airwaves, on stage or on the pulpit the anointing was evident when she ministered. In 2006 Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie and Rhonda McLemore, who were two background singers for gospel icon Donnie McClurkin, agreed to join forces and start a group called "Lyric Sings", inspired by Chris Walker. In March of 2006 "Lyric Sings" released a project "Brand New Day" on Canvas Records. This release garnered them a Stellar Award nomination for Best New Artist. Rosalyn was also took great pleasure in being an advocate for the youth in her area. Both she and her husband founded the Willie C. McDuffie Adolescent Treatment Center for at risk youth. To date this organization has serviced over 300 children in the state of Texas. As an entrepreneur, Rosalyn launched several businesses: Charizma Hair Salon, Boutique, and Limousine service. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Gussie Daigre, Jr., Lee and Mae Swearingen, and Susan Brunswick. Rosalyn leaves to forever cherish her precious memories: her husband Pastor Efrem Z. McDuffie, children: Charizma, Charity, and Sir William: parents Joseph Sr. and Rose Brunswick: brothers Joseph Brunswick, Jr. (Ava); Adrian Brunswick: grandfather Herbert J. Brunswick Sr. (Mildred): mother-in-law, Mira McDuffie; brother-in-law, Keith McDuffie (Tonya) and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, manager, and the entire Palace of Praise congregation. Memorial Service: Friday, August 1, 2008, 6-9 p.m. Funeral Service: Saturday, August 2, 2008, 11:00 a.m. both services will be held at Fountain of Praise, 13950 Hillcroft Ave., Houston, TX. Pastor Remus Wright, Officiant, Pastor Jonathan McKnight, Eulogist. Interment: Earthman Resthaven Cemetery, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be given to the Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie Scholarship fund, made payable to: Sterling Bank Account #50003477174. Final arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of: McDuffie's Mortuary, Inc. 115 W. Hamilton Houston, TX (713) 695-8400
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 1, 2008
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