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Mr. Alexander Brown Sr. (known to many as Sunny) was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 20, 1935, to Alexander and Martha Brown. Sunny was the oldest of eight children, and is survived by siblings Richard Brown, Marion Brown and Delores Burns.

In 1935, realizing that opportunities were extremely limited for a young Brooklyn boy in the Bedford Stuyvesant housing projects, he enlisted in the United States Army. This enlistment would serve as a new lease on life that was never once taken for granted. From the beginning of his military career as a cook till the end of his military career as a petroleum specialist in 1979, Sunny opened his mind to learn, experience, and "be" everything possible.

Alexander was great at a little-bit of everything and meant the world to a little-bit of everyone.

He was a soldier, Korean War veteran, Vietnam veteran, photographer, Mason, artist, husband, collector, business man, international traveler, self-proclaimed ladies' man, hobbyist, volunteer, horticulturalist, animal and wildlife enthusiast, friend and most importantly, father.

He is preceded in death by son, Alexander F. Brown II.

He is survived by daughter, Anita Wrenick-Brown; son, Alexander Brown III, daughter-in-law, Lakeisha Brown; and granddaughter, Kayla Serenity Brown.

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Sarah Johnson, Cornerstone Ministries, William and Gracie Lyons, Williams Chapel C.M.E., nurse, Sookja Seward, and the Disabled Veterans of America.

A funeral service for Mr. Alexander Brown Sr. will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va. The interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Brown and watch the funeral services live online at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,
Published in The Progress-Index on May 14, 2013
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