Floral 09

Mrs. Roxie L. (Tolbert) Brown

1936 ~ 2021 (age 85)



And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death,

neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain;

for the former things are passed away.

Rosie Bell Tolbert Brown was born on march 4, 1936, in Early County, Georgia, to the late Tom Henry Tolbert and Lee Gressam Echols Tolbert. She was the third child of ten children born to this union.

Roxie was a very warm-hearted, caring person and always met you with a a smiile. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Jakin, Georgia.  She loved singing like her father and enjoyed listening to gospel music.  She sang in the church choir and was an interim pianist when needed.  She learned to play the piano when she was young.  She liked playing the piano, and she was also a devoted church member until her health started failing.

Roxie received her high school diploma from Carver High School in Jakin, Georgia in 1954.  She continued her education at Albany State College in Albany, Georgia. She majored in Elementary Education. She received her B.S. in June of 1958 and graduated with honors. She was an excellent teacher. The children enjoyed learning in her room. The students would come back to tell her after they grew up they were in her class when they were young. She encouraged her students to always do their best, and therefore, she left a lasting legacy on those she taught.  She also took additional course above her B.S. She retired from Washington High School and Elementary School after 30 years of service. 

After her retirement, she enjoyed craft designing: Crocheting, knitting, floral arrangements , sewing and ceramics.  She was a vendor at many craft shows and fairs. Roxie was united in holy matrimony on December 22, 1958, to Oren Franklin Brown in Jakin, Ga. She later relocated to Blakely, Georgia to live.

She passed away peacefully early Friday morning, November 26, 2021, at Piedmont Hospital in Columbus, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. ( Rev.) Oren Franklin Brown, and one sister, Willie Willie Mae Coklow, both of Blakely, Georgia.

Roxie leaves a legacy of love and precious memories to her three loving and devoted children and two grandchildren, Oren Bernard Brown of Walnut Creek, California, Cassandra Brown of Columbus, Georgia, Edwin F. Brown of Blakely, Ga., Skyla Brown and Oren D. Brown of Columbus; three brothers, Charles Tolbert, Percy Lee Tolbert ( Dorris), and Eddie Walter Tolbert ( Ruth), all of Jakin, Ga. five sisters, Brooksie Caldwell of Chicago, Illinois, Gertrude Alexander of Jakin, Georgia, Odessa Wiggins of Chicago, Illinois, Nellie Welch ( Thomas)  of Cuthbert, Georgia and Bernice Wiggins of North Little Rock, Arkansas; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


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24 Hour Viewing
December 3, 2021

2:00 AM
Evergreen Church Cemetery
4852 Jack Slaton Rd
Blakely, GA 39823

Graveside Service
December 4, 2021

11:00 AM
St Paul A.M.E. Cedar Springs
Cedar Springs Road
Cedar Springs, GA 39823

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