Charles (Charlie) Edwin Brown was born on June 12, 1935 in Royston, GA to Charles Brown and Ruby Fordson Brown.
He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School system graduating from Frederick Douglas High School. After graduating from high school, Charlie joined the United States Marine Corps and served for 4 years. After the Marine Corps, he attended Morgan State College (now Morgan State University) in Baltimore where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology.
In 1963, Charlie and eleven other men joined together to found the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. Today, Iota Phi Theta® consists of over 260 chapters in 40 states, the District of Columbia and internationally in the Republic of Korea, Japan and Colombia, South America.
After graduation, Charlie worked as an administrator for the State of Maryland drug abuse and rehabilitation programs. He enjoyed spending time at the Pimlico and Laurel Race Tracks where he made many life-long friends.
He is remembered by family and friends as a serious but fun-loving man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren. Charlie married Mary Winstead, in Baltimore on October 1, 1994.
Charlie accepted the Lord as his personal Savior while attending the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore under the pastoralship of the late Rev. Harold Carter, Sr. where he was baptized. In 1994, Charlie joined the Resurrection Baptist Church in Brinklow under the pastoralship of his brother-in-law, Rev. Leonard Massie, Jr.
Charlie leaves to mourn his loving wife, Mary Winstead; 1 daughter Lauren Brown; 1 son, Lance (Sheila) Brown; 2 grandsons, William “Chip” Vaughn IV and Evan Vaughn; 2 granddaughters, Leah Brown and Maya Brown; Mother-in-law, Barbara (Leon) Winstead-Mills; 1 brother-in-law Wheeler Winstead, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Elfreda (Leonard) Massie, and Deborah (Thomas) Higdon, and many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.
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