The Life and Legacy of Vincent Maurice Brown, Sr.
2 Timothy 4:6-8
“For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
A part of our family tree has been broken, but the memories will live forever; a voice we loved is stilled; a place is vacant in the home, which never can be filled.
On Monday, July 25, 2022, God in his infinite wisdom and glory saw fit to call one of his own, Vincent Maurice Brown, Sr., from labor to reward. Vincent was born on March 6, 1964, to the late Sylvester Brown and Nellie Jackson Brown in Woodville, Mississippi. He was baptized at a very early age by his great-grand father, the late Reverend BJ Jackson, at the Bleak House Baptist Church.
Vincent graduated from Wilkinson County High School in May 1982. He furthered his studies at Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation Psychology in 1986 from Southern University. Two years later, he received a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, also from Southern University.
Vincent married the love of his life, his soulmate, and his sweetheart, Verna Dean Cooper. They had three beautiful children: Valencia (Joseph) Chenier, Vincent (fiancé Kera Dillon) Brown, Jr., and Vadriane (Craig) Betrece.
Vincent worked in the rehabilitation counseling field for more than three decades.
Vincent grew up in the church. He enjoyed Sunday School and singing in the choir. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Vienna in Vienna, Virginia.
He was a life member of the Southern University Alumni Federation. He served for six years as President of the Southern University Alumni Federation, Washington D.C Chapter.
Vincent touched so many lives. His counseling background allowed him to be a great listener and a confidant. Family, friends, and strangers would converse with him about any topic without judgment or unsolicited opinions.
Vincent will truly be missed by his family and friends. He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his wife of 34 years, Verna Brown; three children; five grandchildren; his mother; his brother, Spencer Brown; and a host of relatives and friends.
Vincent was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester Brown; his mother and father-in-law: Willard Cooper, Sr. and Juanita Cooper; his maternal grandparents: Jimmie and Martha Jackson; and paternal grandparents: Edward and Grace Brown.
In Memory of Vincent
The family requests that you please consider supporting students from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and from Wilkinson County High School, (Vincent’s two alma maters), who choose to attend Southern University. Your donation to the Southern University Alumni Federation – Washington, D.C. Chapter’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and the 1880 Society Fund for Students from Wilkinson County High is greatly appreciated. Please donate here.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Verna and the entire family during this extremely difficult time. Vincent will be truly missed. His endless contributions to the Washington, DC Chapter are beyond measure and his legacy will live on forever.