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Robert Lee Brown Sr., affectionately known as “Bimp,” died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, after a lengthy illness at UF Health in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Robert was born Jan. 14, 1954, to the late Mr. Thurley W. Brown and the late Ella Hutchinson Brown in Woodbine.

He attended the public schools of Camden County and graduated in 1973 from Camden County High School. 

His pastime hobby was fishing and football. He was a die-hard fan of the Camden County Wildcats.  He would travel everywhere supporting the Wildcats. 

He was the first African American public works director for the City of Woodbine, where he worked for more than 35 years. 

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Reverend Mack Donald Knight, and a sister, Patricia Brown. 

Robert leaves to cherish his memories, his children, Melba Ferrell of Woodbine, Varshawn Brown of Kingsland, Tonya Brown of North Carolina and Robert “Smacky” Brown Jr. of Woodbine; sisters, Mackie Lou Council of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Evangelist Ella K. Gavan of Philadelphia; brothers, Lucious Brown Sr. (Anna Bell) of Woodbine and Hamp Brown Sr. of Kingsland; two aunts, Dorothy Hutchinson of Woodbine and Anita Sherman of Yulee, Fla.; a loving companion, Crystal Butler of Woodbine; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and other sorrowing friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Woodbine. There will be no wake. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. His nephew, Pastor Mack De’Von Knight, will be officiating. 

Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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