A celebration of Life for Deacon Bennie Brown, Sr.

“The Hollering Deacon * Booker T Plumber”

Wake Services will be Friday, February 7, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Greater Free Gift Baptist Church, Hwy 165 South Monroe, La., Bishop Rodney McFarland- Pastor.

Homegoing Celebration will be Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. Greater New Antioch Baptist Church, 301 Sherrouse Ave, Monroe, LA 71203, Rev. John L Russell II, Pastor. Rev. Tom Baker, Officiating.


Deacon Bennie Brown, Sr. was born on March 29, 1939, in Rayville, LA to the late Paul Brown and Georgia “Sweetie” Potts Brown. He was affectionately known as “The Hollering Deacon” delivering powerful prayers as a prayer warrior. On any given Sunday, he would be seen at the pulpit walking the preachers down as they delivered uplifting sermons. He accepted Christ at an early age at The New Zion Baptist Church of Rayville, LA., under the leadership of Rev. Sylvester Hudson. He remained faithful as the Lead Deacon reaching out to pray and commune with the sick & shut-in until his health failed.

Deacon Brown attended the Eula D Britton School of Color in the late 1940’s. He sponsored a brick memorial in memory of his late wife and in honor of himself prior to his demise. He married the love of his life, Hattie Bee Wade on March 25, 1962. From this union, they were blessed with seven children. He had a love for hunting, farming and plumbing where he worked diligently for over 42 years for Plumbing Inc. of West Monroe, La. After retirement, he continued to pour out his life unto others as he & his wife became Certified Foster Parents for the State of Louisiana by helping over 33 children. He spent his later years, after retirement, working for Clack Plumbing, LLC. Hunting, working and manning the farm was his passion. He would often say, “I have to bail some hay to feed my cows. I can’t leave right now.”

On January 29, 2020, Deacon Bennie Brown Sr. heard God say, “well done thy good and faithful servant.” He closed his eyes and stepped into eternity knowing that those who had gone before him were welcoming him home. There to greet him was his wife of 49 years, Hattie Bee Brown; his father, Paul Brown; mother, “Sweetie” Potts Brown; son, Paul Brown; brother, Robinson Murphy, Sr.; sisters, Roberta Brown Williams, Arince Tillman Adams, Josie Wade, Ruthie Brown and 1 grand-child 2 great-grandchildren.

His Loving Memory

He leaves to cherish the joys of his life five loving sons: Bennie Jr. (Bessie) of Rayville, LA, James (Beverly) of Dallas, TX, Jimmy (Tonya) of Dallas, TX., Danny (Sharon) of Monroe, LA and Tony Potts of Monroe, LA.; two devoted daughters: Hope (David) McGhee of Forney, TX, and Yolanda (Quincy) Armstrong of Rowlett, TX; two God sons: Prince (Nette) Calloway of Monroe, LA, Zion Jenkins of Rayville, LA; three God daughters: Snobia (Carlos) Glover of Mesquite, TX, Camille (Darius) Johnson of Monroe, LA, and Patrice Autman of Clarksville, TN.; four sisters-in law: Clemmie Wheeler of Rayville, LA, Dorothy Johnson of Monroe, LA, Anna Newsome of Monroe, LA, and Patricia Wade & Brenda Wade of Monroe, LA; two brothers-in-law: George Wade of Monroe, LA, and Carl Calloway of Monroe, LA; two aunts: Vallena (Elonzo Sr.) and Tabitha Calloway of Seattle, WA., twenty grandchildren & twenty-five great-grandchildren, and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, friends, and the New Zion Baptist Church Family.