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“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name, I will lift up my hands.”
We cannot celebrate the life of Deacon Larry Brown without thinking of how much he loved to praise and worship God. Not only on Sunday, but all through the week, with outstretched hands, lifted up, praising God. Praise, to Larry, was a God-appointed calling, and it became both his duty and his delight. His intimate relationship with God, his love of Jesus, and his filling of the Holy Spirit gave him abundant reasons to praise.
A faithful member of Mt Olive Baptist Church Plant City, Florida, Larry loved serving others in the name of Jesus. He was the Chairman of the Deacon Ministry, he served in the Usher Ministry, Sunday School, Children's Church and Bible Study, Friday Night Prayer Meeting, Kitchen Ministry, and the Food Pantry. Larry loved and also mentored the youth of the Church and was fondly called “Grandpa” and “Pops” by many.
Because Larry believed in the Bible Principals of Time, Talent, and Tithes, he was a good steward of all that God intrusted him with. He faithfully gave his time and used his talent to serve others. Larry was a cheerful giver and spoke to others about the many blessings of tithing and good stewardship.
While youth leaders at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Thonotosassa, Florida, God placed in the hearts of Larry and Pamela to begin a Camping Ministry. Along with volunteers, they held the first youth camp retreat. After four years of successful camping retreats through their Church Ministry, the Holy Spirit led the Browns to use this Camping Ministry to reach further than they could have imagined.
Hence, the birth of CAMP GENESIS MINISTRIES. With the partnership of counselors and volunteers, Camp Genesis Ministries was committed to providing an environment for youth and adults to come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to nurture a lifelong commitment of knowing and serving Jesus while experiencing the joy of camping.
Larry graduated from Calhoun County High School, Edison, Georgia in 1973. He received an Associate Degree in Business Management from Hillsborough Community College and a Bible Studies Diploma from Faith Bible Institute. After almost 45 years of service, Larry retired from Kloeckner Metals (formerly Namasco).
Passionate about softball, Larry played for the Black Devils, the Roots, Omaha Steakhouse, and Diversified Co-ed softball team. He moved up to Hillsborough County Top A-Teams- Dan’s Supporting Goods and Elite. Larry was also a co-coach of the Sprouts Co-Ed Team with his brother. He was a member of the amateur Soft Ball Association Worldwide sponsored by his Hillsborough County for over 25 years as an umpire. Larry and his brother, Jesse Brown, were the first African-American brothers inducted into the Umpire Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Larry was born in Leary, Georgia on November 1,1955 to the late Ozell Brown Sr. and the late Fannie Mae Brown. He made his transition on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Larry was preceded by brothers Pastor Arthur Lee Brown, Ozell Brown Jr., and Crawford Brown.
Cherishing the beautiful memories of Larry are wife, Pamela E. Tarrent Brown; son, Timothy Brown and Nina; daughters, Emily Brown and J’uanetteConcepcion; God-given daughters, Kristen Smith,Lashonda Mincy, Camille Scringer, Tarsha Wiggins, and Shirley Wilkerson; 14 grand children and one great-grandchild; brothers Jesse Brown and Gwendolyn; Charlie Brown and Lillie; Deacon Jackie Brown and Mavis; sisters Fannie Bell Ware and Eva Callins and Elder Frank Callins; dear friends AntonioWilkerson, Nathaniel Barnes and Anthony Summerfield.
“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.”
— Psalm 63:5- 6