Francis Edward Brown, Sr., 72, affectionately known as "Hambone" by those who knew and loved him, was the widower of Annie Mae Sinkler Brown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 4, 2011 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter. Born in Sumter County on October 2, 1938, he was the son of the late Edward Brown and Josephine Young Brown. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County.
He worked for Bridges Construction for many years until he retired. He was a man of many talents, but most of all he loved his grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memories: five daughters, Gloria Jean Jett (James) of Lugoff, Joe Ann White, Lorraine Porcher (Johnnie), Connie Brown, all of Sumter, Hazel Brown of Washington, DC, Santia Davis of Rock Hill, whom he raised; six sons, Willie Sinkler of Kansas City, KS, Ernest Sinkler (Claretha), John Sinkler (Ethelina), Edward Francis Brown, Jr. (Rebecca), Steven Micheal Sinkler (Keisha), Derrick Sinkler (Monica), all of Sumter; one brother, Joseph Brown of Sumter; two sisters, Lottie Spencer and Minister Johnnie Mae Gist of Sumter; one brother-in-law, James Levine; two sisters-in-law, Mary Levine and Mae Bell Levine; twenty seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Homegoing services will be held 1:00 p. m., Friday, April 8, 2011 from the Greater Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 609 Miller Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Marvin Hodge, Pastor, the Rev. Clifton Witherspoon, officiating, eulogist, assisted by the Pastor Irene Anthony, Rev. Alfred Washington, Rev. Adrian Green and Pastor Dorothy Maple.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Johnnie and Lorraine Porcher, 58 Wilson Street, Sumter.
The procession will leave from the home of his daughter and son-in-law at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers will be Santia Davis, Lataya Porcher, Derika Sinkler, Ieasha White and Betty Cooper.
Pall bearers will be Edward Gist, Byron Gist, Pervis Walker, Ernest Sinkler, Jr., Manning Spencer, Jr. and Vincent Levine.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter.