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Deacon Joe Earl Brown

Deacon Joe Earl Brown

We are of good courage and confident hope and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. ~ II Corinthians 5:8

Joe Earl Brown, peacefully transitioned from this earthly life and made his triumphant transition to glory to enter eternal rest with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 20th, 2021.

Joe also affectionately known as “Deac” was born on April 22nd, 1946 to the late Roy Lee Brown and Ora Catherine Hall. He was born third of five children; June Brown (deceased) ,Marva Ewell (deceased),  Douglas Mc Arthur (deceased), and Michael Anthony (deceased). 

Joe grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. and was educated in the Philadelphia Public School system.  After graduating high school, Joe went on to pursue his many talents which included: being extremely organized, detailed, dependable, and consistent. Joe began his career in retail which lead him to advance into management. Joe was always a meticulous and stylish dresser.  Joe’s love for people and tremendous skill set allowed him to advance to become Director of Human Resources at Keebler Company. From there, he moved on to direct care services at Hampton House Behavioral School, and then to providing professional services to synagogues. Joe went on to pursue additional education and received numerous certifications to enhance his skills which led him to quickly progress his career at Community Options, Inc.  where he retired. Joe passionately served as a Coordinator where he provided training, supervision, advocacy, and individualized care for consumers with physical and developmental disabilities.  Joe promoted autonomy, self sufficiency, to all consumers despite their disability making him an essential part of their integration into the community.

In 1967 Joe met the love of his life that he later went on to marry, Willalayne Matthews in 1969. His wife of 52 years. Through this union was born 2 beautiful children Sheryl Eileen Brown and Aaron Ashley Brown.  Joe always doted on his beautiful wife Willalayne and loved to express his love for her through coordinating outfits and showcasing their exquisite style.  Joe’s family was his pride and joy. Joe was the overseer of his immediate and extended family which allowed him to be a mentor and example to many.

At the early age of eight under the pastorate of the late Bishop Maddie Burdette, Joe was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Joe loved the Lord and was a faithful and humble servant as he served the church in many capacities.  Joe was known as a “one man show” facilitating every aspect of church worship including: prayer, offering, playing the drums, and introducing the preacher, and sometimes speaking himself.  These qualities allowed Joe to be elevated and ordained to the position of a Deacon.  As a young man, Joe joined the Pentecostal Bridegroom Church under District Elder George Mayfield. Joe loved and honored his position and was diligent in serving with all his heart. Joe served as Deacon and secretary at Pentecostal Bridegroom Church for many tireless years and served as President of the Eastern District Young People’s Organization of Pennsylvania State Council for eight years. He continued to serve at Bridegroom under Bishop Ronald L. Young as one of the assistant administrators.  Having fulfilled his time at Bridegroom, Joe and Willalayne was led by the Lord to serve at Greater Bethel Apostolic Church in Wilmington, De. under the pastorate of Apostle Thomas W. Weeks, Sr.  In the later years of his life God led them to Abundant Life Fellowship Church under the leadership of Pastor Aubrey A. Fenton to serve in his community until his final days.

Joe is celebrated and survived by the love of his life Willalayne Brown, daughter; Sheryl E. Anderson (Dennis), son; Aaron Brown (Yvette), Grandchildren; Tanea, Aaron Jr., Ashley, Elijah, Miguel and Lemadi, Mother in Love; Evangelist Mattie M. Matthews, Special nieces; Joan and Arlene, Godchildren; Travon Jessup, David Denny Jr., Eric Jones, and Thomas Ford IV, a great host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Celebration of life Service, Thursday, May 27, 2021 11am, at The Abundant Life Fellowship Church, 4151 US-130, Edgewater Park, NJ Family and friends may view from 10an until time of service. Interment, Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ

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