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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Pastor Marlene Brown

Pastor Marlene Parker Brown

Thursday, October 27th, 1949 - Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
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Pastor Marlene Parker Brown, 71, entered into eternal rest on March 17, 2021 at her home with her daughter and grandchildren by her side. She was born on October 27, 1949 to the late Winfred A. Parker and Virginia H. Parker in Nassawadox, Virginia. Marlene was educated in the Accomack County Public Schools and graduated from Mary N. Smith High School in 1969.

At an early age, Pastor Brown began attending St. Joseph Holiness Church in Atlantic, Virginia, where she was saved and began serving the Lord with all her heart. At the age of nineteen, she married Bishop Elton Brown. Their union was blessed with one daughter, LaTonya Brown.

Pastor Brown always believed in doing what her hands found to do (Ecclesiastes 9:10). She was a self-taught hairstylist and barber, styling and cutting hair for family members and friends. Pastor Brown loved cooking and often liked to bake cakes and pies. Another one of her hobbies was that of a seamstress, as she would make clothes for herself and others. She loved to sing and would often be called upon to sing duets with her husband, Bishop Brown, and solos on various occasions.

As well as the natural, her hands found many spiritual things to do. She learned how to play the piano for the services at the church. She sang in the choir and later became the choir director. As her husband’s health began to fail, she became the Sunday school teacher and was later called by God to preach the Gospel. She was elevated from that of a missionary to an Evangelist and later a Co-Pastor. After Bishop Brown was called home to be with the Lord, Co-Pastor Brown was installed as the Pastor of St. Joseph Holiness Church.

Pastor Brown’s ministries included visiting the nursing homes to sing and pray for the residents there, as well as visiting the sick and shut-in. During the illness of her husband and mother, she was a loving caregiver until they went on to glory. Pastor Brown was also a spiritual mother in which she gave Godly counsel and blessed so many with the works of her hands. She often quoted from St. John 2:5, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

In addition to her parents, Pastor Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Bishop Elton Brown and sister, Pauline K. Dale.

She leaves to cherish her memories: daughter, Latonya Brown; two grandchildren, Jayden Townsend and Jayla Townsend; two sisters, Geraldine Parker and Elmira Marshall (Frank); three brothers, Cecil Parker (Hester), Winfred Parker (Gloria), and Tyrone Parker; three sisters-in-law, Yvonne Harper, Eloise Brown, and Marcia Brown; brother-in-law, Thaddaeus Brown; uncle, Johnny Parker; aunt, Bessie Smith; special daughter, Tira Witherspoon; son-in-law, Torrey Townsend; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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  • Private Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 27th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 27th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    Address
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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    Notes
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 25 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 27th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 27th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    St. Joseph Holiness Church
    Address
    Wishart Point Rd.
    ATLANTIC, VA 23303
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Beverly j Ames

Posted at 09:23pm
I will truly miss my childhood church friend. Often when in town or just passing through, I would stop in to St. Joseph to chat and laugh. We had the best of time reminiscing. My son would say "what in the world are you and Pastor Marlene laughing so much about?" We gave each each the tightest hugs!!! I loved my Sistah. My sincere condolences to daughter and rest of the family.
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Posted at 01:59pm
Sister Tonya, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Sherry Davenport

Posted at 11:40am
Bishop Marlene Brown, is a power woman of God, you will surely be miss.
From Sherry as Peaches, Thomas Davenport Jr, Joshua Davenport, Linton my son's
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Posted at 09:32pm
To the Brown family, The Lord comfort you and the family. Please know that we are praying for you during this difficult time. We Love you! Always.
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