Mr. Amos Brown, Sr., 87 years young, of Macon, Mississippi- took off his boots and hung up his hat on Sunday as a hospice patient of Regional Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California.
On Sunday, February 9th, 2020, Mr. Brown was taken by paramedics to the hospital; in true Amos Brown fashion, he fought as hard and diligently as he could to recover from his medical emergency. God saw fit that his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends of the family, would be able to spend his final days around him before calling him home.
On September 19th, 1932 in Macon, Mississippi, the late Fannie Macon and Seth Brown, Sr. were blessed with a strong, healthy son as their first child; he is the eldest of ten brothers and sisters. As a young black boy in Macon, Mr. Brown was a witness to many of the tragedies that attempted to stagnate the progress of the black community. Yet and still, he went on to accomplish great things in his youth and as a grown man, husband, father, and grandfather. Pay attention, this is not just an obituary, this is Black History. Mr. Brown endured several injustices because of his rich, melanated, black skin. Being a black man was challenging in the 50’s.
Wanting to provide the best opportunities for his children, he believed he would have to marry a white woman. If he married a white woman, his children wouldn’t deal with the rejection and struggles he endured because their skin would be light. His beautiful, chocolate skin brought too much negative attention, and he wanted his children to have the best opportunity to succeed and live a life free from judgment.
Before finding his queen and making his family, he was drafted into the Korean War. Three years of service as a Medic inspired him to go to medical school to become a doctor. When that didn’t go as planned, he became the top insurance sales rep of his company. He excelled at every job he did; and then, went on to pick up the construction trade and invest in real estate. He married a beautiful, light complected Mexican woman- the late Josephine Estrada- who gave him six perfect children. Mr. Brown used all his experiences, his “old school” work ethic, his faith & resilience, and his focus to build a legacy in the Gilroy Community. He has provided jobs and homes to many; he has been the “life” of early morning coffee meetings at the Longhouse and Black Bear diners.
In Gilroy, he was one of five black men with a family. Today, most know him as “Mr. Brown”; some call him “Famous Amos”; his sisters call him “Man”; his children call him “Dad”; his grandchildren know him as “Grandpa Raisin”; and, the ladies call him “Mr. Heart breaker”.
Mr. Brown is affectionately known for his cowboy hats, harmonica, work truck, and liveliness. Whether on the dance floor, or making his way around the room, Mr. Brown was the life of the party. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and never passed up the opportunity to dance or be around his grandchildren. His grandchildren were his second chance to love his children even better. He deposited his wisdom and discipline into his grandchildren, especially if they were open to receive it. If there weren’t, he had plenty of switches for them to go chose from. With his love... he disciplined, advised, supported, saved, celebrated, and bragged about the accomplishments of his family.
On February 23, 2020, Mr. Brown departed this physical life to rest in the arms of a loving God, and reunite with his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his mother, Fannie Macon; father, Seth Brown; Cynthia Brown (sister); Lorraine Brown (sister); John Macon (brother); son, David Brown; and, mother of six of his children, Josephine Estrada.
Left to cherish his treasured memories and continue his legacy are his children: Mr. Amos Brown, Jr., Mr. Robert W. Brown, Mrs Angelina McClure (Brown), Ms. Gloria Brown, and Ms. Yolanda Brown; siblings: MRea, Annette, Hattie, Carrie, Seth Jr., Fred, and a host of nieces and nephews; His grandchildren: LaNisha Stokes, Jaimie Guzman, Nadine Duke, Anthony Brown, Amanda McClure, Anna Porcalla, Samantha Reyes, Lynni Gard, Emmanuel Aguayo, Ashley Cole, Prycilla G-Dominguez, Melissa Brown, Michael Brown, DaVon McClure, Bianca Huerta, Tabitha Garcia, Darla Garcia, Monique Davis, Joshua Davis, Richie Pallaya, and Chelsea Pallaya.
Amos Brown’s life was a life well-lived. He lived every single moment with all of his heart and soul. His legacy of success, wealth, family, love, community, and happiness will continue through his five living children, twenty-one grandchildren, and thirty-three great grandchildren. “He was born in Macon, Mississippi, during a time when a black man was denied life, liberty, and happiness. He didn’t concern himself with the limitations, he only concerned himself with the possibilities…” That’s how the story must begin.
“Grieve if you must, but not for too long. I am at peace; my soul is at rest, there is no need for tears. Your love was my blessing for all these years. There is no pain; I am not suffering, and the fear is gone. Don’t worry about me, in your memories, I will live on. Remember not my fight for breath, remember not my strife. Please do not dwell upon my death, but CELEBRATE MY LIFE.”
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