AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Ernest Brown "Mr. B" of Fairhope Street, entered into rest on Thursday, September 5, 2002, at his residence. Mr. Brown was reared in Augusta and was the 12th child born to the late Reverend and Mrs. John P. (Ida Katherine) Brown, of Trenton, S.C. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church of which Reverend J. C. Trowell is the pastor. Mr. Brown was the First African American Police Officer in Augusta in the early 1950s. Later he became the body guard for the godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. He became famous on Ninth and Laney Walker when he open his own business selling sausage dogs and homemade bread pudding. If you ever asked anyone about Mr. Brown, they would say who?, Oh, you mean "Mr. B". He was known as the great " Mr. B". He will be forever cherish for his ambitious attitude. Mr. B has never met a stranger, he was always a very free hearted and loving person. His greatest memories will last forever in the hearts of his children, Ernestine Wright, Cassandra Brinson, Augusta, Elcano Broadwater, Atlanta, and Michael Christopher Harper, N.J.; a wonderful son-in-law, Glen Brinson; four grandchildren; one brother, Mr. Allen Brown; sister, Mrs. Annie Laura Walker; sisters-in- law, Mrs. Rosa Lee Brown and Mrs. Jessie Mae Brown, a devoted niece Sherlynn Jones and several nieces, nephews and many great friends. His dearest friends for life, the godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown, Mr. Harry Fuller, Mr. William Albright and Mr. Kenny Reese. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2002, at Beulah Grove Church on Poplar Street, with the Reverend J.C. Trowell, officiating. Interment will be in Belle View Cemetery. His remains will lie in state an hour before the service. The funeral cortege will leave the residence of his daughter Mrs. Ernestine Wright, 3509 Stafford Street, Hephzibah, Ga., at 10 a.m. Kinsey and Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta. (706) 790-8858.
The Augusta Chronicle September 8, 2002