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Obituary for Virginia G. Brown (King)

Virginia Gladys King-Brown was the daughter of the late Reverend William Henry and Mrs. Minnie Emma King. She was born on April 7,1933 in North Carolina. Virginia was the youngest of five children. She gave her life to Christ at the age of 12 and began singing in the church choir at age 13. Years later, after she became an adult, Virginia left North Carolina and moved to Bridgeport, CT to live with her sister. She later moved to Columbus, Ohio where she met and married the late Deacon LeRoy Brown, Sr. In 1960, they moved the family to New Britain, CT in search of better work opportunities. Virginia Brown loved God. She also loved her five children and shared with them the need to have a relationship with God. As a result, all five of her children gave their lives to Christ. Virginia Brown enjoyed singing, playing the piano, painting, making her own clothes and playing video games with her son and grandchildren. She became a member of the Saint James Missionary Baptist Church and served under many of its Pastors. She also received the call from God to Preach the Gospel. After many years of service there, she moved her membership to Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Meriden, CT where she served the Lord as Pianist, Choir Member and Advisor to the Sunday School Choir for 9 years, She moved her membership back to St. James Missionary Baptist Church when she was ordained Deaconess. In her 40 plus years there, she served as Deaconess Chairperson, Advisor to the church MOPS program (Mother of Preschoolers), the Nursery and Drama & Puppet Ministries. It wasn't until September 2008, under the direction of her former Pastor, Reverend John W. Walker, that she enrolled in the Hartford Seminary at age 72. Everyone there loved, respect and watched out for her. They even called her "Mom or Mom Brown" . On November 8, 2009, Virginia Brown preached her initial sermon. On November 15, 2009 she was licensed to Preach the Gospel. She continued her studies at the Hartford Seminary and graduated as the oldest student and with straight A's. After many more years, she moved her church membership to Peace Missionary Ministries where she was ordained to Preach the Gospel in September 2014, under the leadership of her Pastor, Reverend Gervais Barger, Sr. Virginia Brown departed this life on April 4, 2022, three days before her 89th birthday. She was predeceased by her husband, LeRoy Brown, Sr.; three brothers: John King, Sylvester King and Frank King; a sister Queen Esther (King) Pankey; a daughter Peggy Lee (Brown) Branham; and granddaughter, Virginia Marie Brown. She leaves behind sisters-in-law, Mildred King of North Carolina and Theda Brown of Bridgeport, CT; daughter Paulette Stephenson (Samuel), son Lee Brown, Jr. (Norma), daughter Phyllis Ann Barger (Gervais); daughter Patricia Paschal (Rodney); twelve grandchildren Joshua Stevenson, Latisha Seymour (Brown), Sheraya Brown, Tyrone Brown, Amara Reberio, Lee Brown III, Darryl Reberio, Isaiah Brown, Quinton Reberio, Faith Paschal, Sarah Paschal and Rachel Paschal; three great grandchildren Jamie Soto-Morales (Ruth), Tiana Brown, Prince McDaniel-Brown; two great, great grandsons Alijah and Adrian Soto-Morales; a great, great granddaughter on the way Ailani Soto-Morales, Jerome Eagleton, who is like a son and longtime family friends, Bernice Anderson and Direatha Eagleton. Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. King-Brown will be held Monday, April 18, 2022 from the Wellspring Church, 222 Lincoln St, New Britain, CT with the Reverend Gervais Barger, Sr., presiding. Committal service and final resting place will be in Fairview Cemetery, 120 Smalley Street, New Britain, CT Service of Comfort provided by the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, CT Relatives and friends may call at the church, from 10 am to 11 am at the church. Services will be held from 11 am to 12:30 pm.