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 Willie Roger Brown

Willie Roger Brown

Rolling Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi, USA
Death 11 Dec 1999 (aged 78)
Vallejo, Solano County, California, USA
Burial Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA
Memorial ID 427049 · View Source
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Willie Roger Brown was born in Mississippi, in 1921. He joined the Conservation Corp, and then the Army. He fought in WW2, in the Pacific Theatre. He went on to start boxing, and met Joe Lewis, becoming Mr. Lewis' sparing and training partner. Willie won the golden glove, though the year is unknown at this time.

He met and married Barbara Jean Cato (1943-2005), in 1960, and from their union, had 7 children. Their oldest son, Curtis Brown, proceeded both parents in death.

Willie Brown passed away quietly, in his sleep, surrounded by his childrens photos and mementos, and listening to his favorite jazz musicans on the radio.

Barbara Cato Brown, his wife, passed away 6 years later,and rejoined the man she loved.

Willie Brown is truly missed by those who loved him, including his children.

"when life takes away something so precious as a loved one, it's hard to cope. Sometimes, it's hard to live...
But, we go on everyday, hoping that the Lord finds in his tender mercy, a way for us to find each other again..."

You will be missed, and forever loved...

Edit...On March 14th, 2008, Daughter Zelma Joined her parents in Heaven...

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  • Created by: Sheila - Marie Brown
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 427049
  • With Love, Colette
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Willie Roger Brown (25 Jul 1921–11 Dec 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 427049, citing San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA ; Maintained by Sheila - Marie Brown (contributor 46538168) .