A wake service will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M., Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc., 607 Kaigler Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Burial will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Andersonville National Cemetery, 496 Cemetery Drive, Andersonville, Georgia.
Donald Eugene Brown was born May 7, 1954, in Dawson, Georgia to William B. Brown and Ethel Shannon Brown. He was preceded in death by his father, William B. Brown, and sister, Sharon Green, of Americus, GA. At an early age, Donald confessed his life to Christ and joined Jerusalem Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia. Donald graduated from Americus High School in 1973 and joined the United States Army in 1974. In the military, Donald received high accolades and honors. He was recognized for being from the same home town as our 39th president Jimmy Carter. He was given the high honor of sounding off the gun during the president’s inauguration. He later furthered his education and became a licensed master barber and earned his Culinary Arts degree in California.
Donald enjoyed cooking and was well known for his famous “Monster Burgers,” Butter Roll, and Bar–B-Que sauce. If grilling was in the plan, Donald was definitely the man. He enjoyed working within the food industry. Therefore, he decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, where he opened and managed Johnny Rockets. He not only wanted to manage, but he wanted to show off his skills in the kitchen as well.
Donald was dearly loved by his family and close circle of friends, and he loved them back. He was the life of the party that didn’t start until he arrived. When he walked in your home, the atmosphere changed because “Chef D” was there. He continued to cook, love on his family, and make his weekly phone calls to his mother, kids, and nieces. Donald’s loving disposition blessed the lives of everyone he touched and will be missed at every gathering from now on.
On January 14, 2018, the Lord called Donald home. Donald leaves to cherish his life: wife Versa Washington Brown, Savannah, GA; mother Ethel Shannon Brown, Americus, GA; former wife Wandra Boynton Brown; children Torris Lundy (Natasha), Windsor, CT; Kimberly Brown Newsome (Corey), Brandy Hammonds (Virgil), Angela Farley, Kenya Brooks all of Atlanta, GA; and Travis Walters, Americus, GA; fourteen grandchildren; eight step-children Alea, Terrance, Denson, Timothy, Candace, Crystal, Christophen (Sacoya), and Shavantis (Keion) all of Savannah, GA; and nine step-grandchildren.
His siblings: Lorenza Brown (Phyllis) Albany, GA; Timothy Brown (Kim) Alexander, AL; Alicia Harvey (Frank), Marie Walker (Willie), Ethel Finch, all of Americus, GA; Jimmy Williams (Barbara) Columbus, OH; George Rogers, Tuskegee, AL; Carolyn Tell, Dawson, GA; Johnny Rogers and Vincent Rogers both of Atlanta, GA.
His aunts: Mary Alice Holloway (Henry) Albany, GA; Ozella Murphy, Orlando FL; Flora Jean Holloway, Frankie Brown, and one uncle John Brown all of Atlanta, GA.
Sisters in law: Sally Gilly, Atlanta, GA; Tansy Edwards and Betty Law (Wayne) both of Boston, GA. Brothers in law: James Houston (Jewell), Kenneth Washington, and Appollo Gilly all of Thomasville, GA; Lawrence Washington, Savannah GA; Joseph Lawrence, Boston, GA and Eddie Gilly, Cairo, GA. A loving and devoted niece, reared as his own, LaDonna Brown (Bobby), Albany, GA. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends also survived.
The family will receive friends for fellowship, Monday, Jan. 22, at the Masonic Lodge, Hwy 49, 1209 Crawford Street in Americus, GA, immediately following the ceremonial burial service at the Andersonville National Historic Site.