Nine decades, seven years, ten months and seventy-seven days ago in Wharton, Texas, William and Bessie (Godfrey), and older brother J.B Grant welcomed Fannie Mae into their family.
Being a God-fearing family, Fannie was nurtured and raised loving and serving God. As a young girl, she confessed and accepted Christ as her personal Savior. This was just the beginning of her service to God. Completing her formal education in the city of her birth, she moved to Houston, Texas where she enrolled in and received her B.A. in Education from Texas Southern University. In addition to attending college, and after having a burning desire to continue serving God, she united with a local Baptist church. After beginning her teaching career, she did postgraduate work in special education at the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.
She later moved to San Antonio and united with the New Light Baptist Church under Dr. Paschal Sampson Wilkinson, Sr. Active participation in the ministries of the church included: Adult Sunday School, Baptist Training Union, Daily Vacation Bible School, Young Women's Auxiliary, Junior Mission, Senior Mission, and Usher Board #5. Because of her teaching skills, she was appointed by Dr. Wilkinson as one of three instructors for the Usher's Ministry.
Because of her active service, on many occasions, she was elected as a delegate to the American Baptist District Association, American Baptist State Convention, and the National Baptist Convention of America. Because of her leadership ability, she was selected as Women's Day Leader.
In 1997, she became a charter member of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church. Until the disability of aging prevented her from participating, she was active in Sunday School, Sarah Circle Mission, the Silver Saints, and served as an Usher.
Fannie and Lawrence Edward Brown united in holy matrimony and to them one son, Lelaurin Ferrero Brown was born. Both preceded her in death along with her parents and brother.
Concerned with academic excellence, professionally she taught at Storm Elementary School enriching the lives of many young people in the San Antonio Independent School District. After over 20 years of teaching, she retired.
Civic engagement was important to Mrs. Brown. At one time, she served as secretary of the local chapter of the NAACP under the then President Mr. Hurry Burns.
Presently, she is a member of the Bowden Chapter of Business and Professional Women. Recognized for her service in the organization, she was selected as "Women of the Year" in 1985 and later was elected president of the organization. During her lifetime, she had been an active member of the Eastern Star.
As a Servant of God, Fannie leaves a worthy legacy to her family: devoted relatives, Sylvester Shanklin, Rosemary Curvey (niece), Kathy (niece) and Brian Freeman, great nieces: Gabrielle Curvey, Anastasia Perkins; great nephew: Marcus Curvey, and other great-great nieces and nephews, other relatives and special friends.
A SERVANT OF GOD, A LEADER, A TEACHER, AND A FRIEND
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