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Berdia A. Brown

Feb 26, 1954 - May 6, 2021 (Age 67)

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Berdia, how can I sum up how special you were in a couple lines... it’s impossible. You made sure everyone who went to Publix had a smile on their face, you learned people’s names, and made sure everyone felt special. And who can forget the delicious samples? Or when you gave a little extra, especially if I was really exited about what you prepared. You were a stranger who became a friend and a face I looked forward to seeing. The world was a little sweeter and a lot more beautiful with you...

The light of your soul will always shine bright in our hearts. Thank you for your kindness, love and making everyone you met feel so special. I will miss you so much my friend.

You were truly one of a kind. Thank you for your kindness over the years. You will be deeply missed.

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God bless your precious sole

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My heart goes out to Carley Sr., Tracy, and Carley Jr. Know that Aunt Berdia is now watching all of you from Heaven and she's in a better place with no pain. She's with all of you still and always will be. That smile of hers is implanted in my mind. Love, Danny Brown

I remember a special day with Aunt Berdia just as she and Uncle Carley were moving away. We were at grandmother’s house and Aunt Berdia was pregnant. Now, as a kid, I sometimes felt like an oddball, so what I remember about this day was that Aunt Berdia radiated love and acceptance. I must have talked her ear off (probably about ANT colonies or some other childhood obsession) and she was so patient and interested. She made me feel so special taking time to talk just to me at this big family...


Berdia's Obituary

A celebration of life service for Mrs. Berdia Ann Brown will be held on Friday May 14th , 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Exciting Faith Alive Church, 5705 E. 32 Avenue, Tampa, Florida with Pastor Antonio Hawkins, Officiating. Interment will follow in Orange Hill Cemetery.

Berdia Ann Brown was born on February 26, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio to the union of Lillie Kirkland and Claudis Williams. Her mother gave birth to two more children, sisters Janie and Latenia.

Lillie was called to be with the Lord when Berdia was only fifteen years old. Since she was the oldest, Berdia did her best to look out for her younger sisters, and to keep them together as a family. Berdia graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, and continued her education at Kent State University.

She was joined in marriage with Carley Edward Brown, Sr. in 1973, and within that union was blessed with a son, Carley Jr. Soon afterwards, they moved to Los Angeles, California where, a year later, they were blessed with a daughter, Traci. Together they raised their two children with love and dedication.

Every year, Berdia threw fun birthday parties and festive holiday celebrations for her children and their neighborhood friends. While lovingly providing for her family, Berdia still managed to go back to school, earning a Nursing Assistant Certification at Los Angeles Community College, while also working as a Clerk at the US Attorney's Office.

Berdia and her family moved to Tampa, Florida in 1991, where she saw both of her children graduate high school, one go off to college, and the other join the US Navy. Berdia always provided a loving atmosphere for her family while enjoying her financial independence by remaining employed throughout her life. In her later years, she worked as a cooking demonstrator at a large grocery store chain, where she was affectionately known to shoppers as "the nice cooking lady". Berdia was a special woman by all accounts. Whenever she met someone, she would politely introduce herself, and made it a point to know that person's name. She wanted people to feel special. She would always send people off with a "Have a nice day" , "God Bless You", and, for her family, and added "I love you". Berdia deeply enjoyed being within the comfort of her own home with her family, and this is how she departed this life, at home surrounded by her loving family on May 6, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lillie Kirkland, Claudis Williams and her sister, Janie Kirkland.Left to cherish memories of her are her husband d, Carley E. Brown, Sr.; son, Carley Brown Jr., (daughter-in-law, Luciana Brown); daughter, Traci Brown; granddaughters, Theresa Brown and Breanna Burns; sister, Latenia Kirkland; niece, Aiesha Smith and a host of other family and friends who feel grateful to have known such a warm, friendly, considerate, loving, caring and beautiful woman.

There will be a viewing on Thursday May 14th , 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. Due to the current CDC restrictions; we are asking that you use the visitation as an opportunity to pay your final respect. For your convenience and safety, we have extended our visitation hours.

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