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Sylvester Brown

Passed 09/24/2020

Obituary for Sylvester Brown

Sylvester Brevard Brown age 79, answered the call from Heaven and departed this life on Thursday, September 24, 2020, joining his sons, Ivan Sylvester and Pernell Dilbert, as well as his oldest sister, Marie Ann. During his transition, he was surrounded by the love and support of his family. Sylvester was born in Mecklenburg County on July 4, 1941 to the late Rev. Samuel Boyce Brown and the late Laura Alexander Brown. He was deeply devoted to his family, church and service to others. Sylvester graduated from Torrence Lytle High School in 1959. In 1980 he was united in Holy matrimony to Annie Sherrill Emehel, whom he adored. Keeping to his vow to honor and keep her in sickness and in health, Sylvester was an extraordinary husband, who modeled love God’s way. They were married for 40 years. Sylvester gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was a faithful, devoted Elder at New Friendship Presbyterian Church, where throughout the years, he sang in the men’s choir; served on the usher board; served on the board of directors for the afterschool tutoring/enrichment program and drove the church van to pick up children for Sunday School and worship services. He was a career employee at Mac Steele (formerly Edgcombe Metals) for 47 years before, retiring as a supervisor. As an entrepreneur, he owned B&S Janitorial Service in the early 80’s. However, his heart found its way to doing what he loved most—farming and owning various livestock such as beef cattle and hogs. His gift of giving and helping others reflected through his work with The Society of St. Andrew, a gleaning organization, who provides produce to local communities in surrounding counties. Sylvester helped to make a difference to end hunger by gleaning produce from the fields and delivering food to families, soup kitchens, churches, as well as refugee camps. He loved canning vegetables, making homemade ice cream, entertaining family (especially his grandchildren) and cooking gourmet meals. As a gifted encourager, he always spoke highly of his children and grandchildren and encouraged them to excel in life. He leaves behind, a legacy to cherish his memory: His loving wife: Annie Emehel Brown, Four sons: Perry Brevard Brown of Charlotte NC, Clement (Shawana) Emehel of Burlington NC, Johneric (Toni) Emehel of Charlotte NC and Terry Emehel of Denver NC; Nine grandchildren: Tressica Wallace, Jessica (Theodore) Wallace, Paris Brown, Xavier Brown, Chloe Emehel, Bryson Emehel, Madison Emehel, Morgan Emehel and Grace Emehel. Three great grandchildren: Isaiah Wallace, Brie Wallace and Langston Wallace. Two sisters: Sarah Brown Adams of St. Charles MD and Helen Brown Rivers of Huntersville NC. Four sisters-in-law: Ann Sherrill of Charlotte NC, Doris Sherrill of Bloomfield NJ, Gwen Parker of Winston-Salem NC, Bevelyn Sherrill of Huntersville NC. One brother-in-law: Terry (Gloria) Sherrill of Charlotte NC. Two goddaughters: Latra (Alfonso) Reid of Charlotte NC and Dr. Camille (Jerome) Adams Jones of Bowie MD. His closest friend and brother: Jerry (Libby) Johnson of Charlotte, NC. Two “Best Buds:” Arthur Davis and Alvin “Ben” Patterson. A host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

WALK-THROUGH PUBLIC VIEWING: This public viewing will be live-streamed via the New Friendship Presbyterian Church's (Huntersville NC) Facebook page.

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Location: New Friendship Presbyterian Church 510 N. Old Statesville Road Huntersville NC 28078

* Due to COVID-19 guidelines, a mask or face covering is required for your safety, as well as ours. Also, please maintain the recommended 6-feet social distancing guidelines as you walk through. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FUNERAL SERVICE: A small private service will be held for the immediate family, only. This service will be live-streamed for the public via the New Friendship Presbyterian Church's (Huntersville NC) Facebook page.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020

Time: 2:00PM --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY: Please send your expressions of sympathy to:

Mrs. Annie E. Brown P.O. Box 755 Huntersville NC 28070 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FLOWERS: In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorial contributions be made to The Society of St. Andrews, where Sylvester Brown served for over eight years making a difference to end hunger. Contributions dedicated in his name may be mailed to P.O. Box 25081, Durham NC 27702 or made online at

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