Early Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, 2013, the Rev. Dwight R. Brown journeyed to his eternal rest from the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond. Dwight, "Diesel," was born Oct. 6, 1957, to the late Fitzugh R. Brown and Deaconess Martha Lewis Brown-Woodley-Adams.
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He was preceded in death by: his wife Georgia Brown; grandparents Rev. McCoy Lewis and Lucille L. Lewis and Mr. Horace Brown and Nettie P. Brown; stepfathers, William H. Woodley and John H. Adams; and lifetime father figure, Timothy E. Lewis.
In 1965, Dwight accepted Christ and became a member of Brown Grove Baptist Church. He was a regular Sunday school scholar and served as a junior usher, junior deacon, and junior missionary. Dwight attended Union Branch Elementary School and while in attendance there many had observed what would be his life's calling. His beloved teacher, Mrs. Audrey B. Charity, would often tell Dwight's mother that he would be standing on the table or chair preaching to the class when she returned to the classroom.
Dwight graduated from Matoaca High School in 1976. During his years at Matoaca High, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. He was an outstanding football player and earned the nickname "Diesel" for his ability to navigate against his opponents on the football field. He was offered several college scholarships for his athletic and scholarly abilities. Dwight was a longtime Oakland Raiders football fan. Professionally, he enjoyed construction work and was employed by several companies as a supervisor. Virtexco Corporation was his last employer.
In 1979, Dwight responded to his life's calling from God to go and preach His word. He preached his initial sermon, was licensed and ordained at Brown Grove Baptist Church under the pastorship of the Rev. Samuel Robinson. He served as pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist Church for several years. Dwight was a passionate student of the word and this was evident in his conversations, teaching and preaching. God had blessed him with the gift of knowledge and he was an anointed teacher and preacher of the word of God. Dwight attended seminary at Tabernacle Divinity School (TDS) Chesterfield. There he earned his Bachelor of Religious Studies (2010) and Master of Christian Studies (2011). Dwight was an active member at Brown Grove Baptist Church where he served as an associate minister. In addition, he was a teacher for the Tuesday mid-day Bible study, children's church, the summer at Brown Grove program and a member of the male chorus. In his teaching and conversation Dwight would often say, "God is a sovereign God and He can do whatever He wills to do. He does not have to ask our permission for what He does."
He leaves to cherish his memory: four sons, Dwight R. Brown Jr. (Michelle), Steven Brown, Stephen Brown, and Aaron Brown; mother, Martha L. Brown-Woodley-Adams; sister, Renia E. B. Cobb (James); three grandchildren Carmelo Brown, Saveigh Brown, and Shakiel Brown; nephews, Jairus Fitzugh-Allen Cobb and Jerel Allen Cobb; a cousin who was like a sister, Shelly Lewis Gatling (Donald); four aunts, Joyce B. Lewis, Joyce L. Harris, Mattie B. Lewis, and Cleo Smith; and one uncle, Rudolph Brown; and many cousins; and special friends.
Services for Rev. Dwight R. Brown will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Brown Grove Baptist Church, 12816 Bailey Bridge Road, Midlothian, the Rev. Andrew T. Carey, pastor, eulogist. Interment to follow at Brown Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Family visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the funeral establishment.
The family will receive friends at 11707 Reedy Branch Road, Chesterfield, and may be contacted by calling 804-590-1339.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Rev. Brown at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2013