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To God be the glory for all that he has done in the life of the late Mr. Daniel Vernon Brown, Sr. The beloved Daniel Sr. answered the Master’s call on Monday morning June 17, 2019 at 5:30 A.M. at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, New York.
The beloved Daniel Sr. answered the Master's call on Monday morning at 5:30 A.M. at Lincoln Hospital The late Mr. Daniel Vernon Brown, Sr lovingly known as "Danny" and “Hank” was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina on October 14th, 1942 to the loving parents of the late Mr. Daniel Brown and the late Mrs. Ruth Boyd Brown. He was the third eldest of ten siblings born unto this union.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, his wife of thirty years, the late Mrs. Alma Nimmons Brown, three brothers, the late Morris Brown, Marvin Brown, Clay Brown and brother-in-law, the late Mr. James Nimmons.
At an early age he was a faithful member of Old Mt Zion Baptist Church where he was baptized unto the Lord. He graduated from Wilkinson High School 1960. Danny lived life remembering his high school motto which was "Strive To Excel And Not To Equal". He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1960. He was an honorably discharged Army Veteran in service to the defense of our nation. He relocated to the Bronx, New York in October 1962 in search of better opportunities. He joined the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church under the Pastoral Leadership of the Late Reverend Adam Clayton, Jr. Daniel served on the Senior Usher Board.
He met and married the love off his life the late Mrs. Alma Nimmons Brown, On June 25th, 1966. Both he and his late wife has shown tremendous dedication to their three children; Daniel Brown, Jr., Derrick Brown and Laverne Brown; two grand children; Raheem Bennett and Danielle Williams, instilling the value of education, hard work and responsibility.
The late Mr. Brown was a man of faith, love, courage, dignity, substance, perseverance, integrity, strength, respect, industry and great wit and humor.
During his lifelong residency in Bronx, New York he has shown grace and dignity and earned the highest love and respect of neighbors, friends, colleagues, and community.
Danny started working in New York as a dedicated employee of the Hills Supermarket for fourteen years where he served as Assistant Store Manager, previously a Shop Steward, until the company dissolved. In 1978 Danny was employed by the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York City where he served as Chief Senior Security Officer, for twenty six years with distinction earning the highest respect and love of his colleagues, management and as leadership of Local 1503 of DC 37. He retired from the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in October, 2004 with distinction and honor. Danny was also employed with Sothebys Auction House in New York City where he worked part time as a security officer. Danny is a self-taught historian, working at the museum and auction house gave him insight and interest in black history and world history. Danny also authored a book of poems “Grass Root Poems From A Grass Root Poet” published in 2003.
Danny was a man of action and devoted his life to serving others, civil rights, labor rights , labor union , the labor movement and social civic and his fraternal order, Mount Olive Lodge 2,Prince Hall Mason, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, New York where he has been a member for over fifty years, and served as Worshipful Master. He was the oldest living Past Worshipful Master before his passing; He was honored with a Life Long Membership by Mount Olive Lodge in March 2019.
While Danny had the honor of meeting Presidents, dignitaries and Heads of States from around the world during the United Nations General Assembly week, and other celebrities he maintained the common touch. He received several honors for milestones reached from Ruben Diaz Jr - President of the Borough of The Bronx, Jose Serrano - New York State Senator 29th Senate District, Andrew Cuomo - Governor of NY, Paul Miller - Mayor Orangeburg, SC; Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham Senators of SC, Henry McMaster Governor of SC; and from the White House of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
He leaves to mourn his legacy of treasured memories to two sons Daniel Brown Jr. of the home and Derrick Brown of Charlotte, NC and a daughter Laverne Brown of Yonkers, NY; two grandchildren Raheem Bennett of Bronx, NY and the apple of his eye Danielle Williams of Yonkers, NY; three brothers Mr. Allen Brown (Beverly), Lancaster, SC; Mr. Reginald Brown (Coreen) Camden, SC; Mr. Percelle Brown (Sue) Willingboro, NJ; three sisters Mrs. Annie Ruth Jones (Clarence) Spartanburg, SC; Ms. Sandra Salley Orangeburg, SC; Ms. Geraldine Kenlay Columbia, SC and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Best friend and best man Durwood Middleton (Hernden, VA); the late Samuel Dollison (NewYork, NY); Sue Kelly (NJ); Sherian Mc Adams (Charlotte, NC) his favorite niece, Crystal Salley Ballard of Orangeburg, (SC) and longtime friend, companion and masonic sister Ms. Jackye McClure (Bronx, NY).
Mr. Daniel Brown will be laid to rest in Orangeburg, SC on what would have been the 53rd Wedding Anniversary of his late wife Alma Nimmons Brown on June 25, 2019 by her side.