On July 29, 1932 in Anderson, Indiana a beautiful baby boy, William Edward Brown was born to Marian
Brown. Thanks to God Mr. Brown remained on this earth for 90 years, serving God and mankind. On
April 18, 2023 at Decatur Morgan Hospital in Decatur, Alabama he peacefully entered his heavenly
Mr. Brown attended school in the Anderson School System and graduated from Anderson High School.
He wanted to be an electrician so he enrolled in electrician training courses and became a member of an
electrician apprentice program. He completed those courses and graduated. He then entered his job a
General Motors as a Journeyman-Wireman. He remained at General Motors for 44 years and retired in
1995. Mr. Brown was also a successful Entrepreneur of Brown’s Electrical Company in Anderson. Mr.
Brown continued to do electrical work in the community and surrounding areas. His love for electrical
work and the desire to help people, motivated him to help train other to be electricians. Many of his
trainees became members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Mr. Brown and his wife Lena Brown relocated to Decatur, Alabama. They became active citizens and
participated in many community activities. William joined Calvary Assembly of God in Decatur while
under the leadership of the Reverend George Sawyer, Senior Pastor. He was a dedicated member until
his health began to decline but he continued to support his church financially and through prayer.
Those who knew Mr. Brown described his as being kind, giving, unselfish and always ready to help.
He was preceded in death by: his mother, Marian Brown Townsend, grandparents, two brothers, and one
Mr. Brown leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted wife for 42 years, Lena Allen Brown; five children,
William (Jan) Brown, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona, Vincient (Carlos) Brown of Anderson, Indiana, Tony (Margo)
Brown of Dallas Texas, Kisha Sawyer of Indianapolis, Indiana , and David Brown of Chicago Illinois; two
stepsons, Jeffery J. (Vivian) Cottrell of Anderson, Indiana and Jimmie (Palin) Cottrell of Dardenne of
Prairie, Missouri; three brothers; Willie (Betty) Townsend of Anderson, Indiana, Harold Townsend of
Fishers, Indiana, and Richard (Leroyna) Townsend of Indianapolis, Indiana; four sisters; Julia Goodwin of
Fishers Indiana, Robecca Townsend of Anderson Indiana, Hattie (Charles) Hobson of Noblesville, Indiana,
Mary Townsend Gray of Anderson, Indiana ; a host of beautiful grandchildren, nieces, nephews cousins,
other relatives and friends.
When someone you loves become a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.