Skip to main content

Porch & Parish

The Life and Legacy of Annie Lee Brown

Feb 24, 2024 09:56AM ● By Gwendolyn Perry Honore

In our lives, we know that time must come to an end, but when the time comes for beloved family and friends, the loss of a loved one can sometimes catch family and friends off guard, in shock, and heartfelt pain. That’s how it was with the passing of Zachary’s longtime resident, Annie Lee Brown. Ms. Brown was stable, strong, inciteful, and full of life. Her presence as a mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and community leader, demanded truth, seriousness and often action from those she came in contact with, accompanied by love, smiles, jokes, and joyful gestures.

She gained her wings on Friday, February 9, 2024, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Ethel, LA on May 2, 1937, to the late George and Selena Brown. She spent her life in the city of Zachary, where she worked tirelessly at her church, New Pilgrim Baptist Church, the City of Zachary where she worked in the Department of Maintenance and Buildings, State Farm of Zachary, and as a bus monitor and a school crossing guard for the Zachary School District.
Ms. Brown was an avid sports fan, which was evidenced by her faithful attendance at sporting events at both Southern University and Zachary High School. She had a passion and voice that reached many homes and businesses, as she fought to see Zachary at its best. She went out whether by visits or phone calls, to encourage the community to elect leaders she believed could represent the Zachary district well. She also rallied for the community to listen to candidates prior to elections and to get out and vote for during elections. Even when her strength appeared to falter, she continued to adamantly campaign for those she felt should be chosen.

She leaves to cherish her memories three sons, Terry Milligan, Reginald Milligan, and Anthony Brown; one daughter, Sheila Clark; two sisters, Dorothy Thomas and Sarah Hayes; one brother, George Brown, Sr.; thirteen grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The service was held at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Zachary, pastored and officiated by Rev. Derrick Williams, and eulogy by her former pastor, Rev. Errol Domingue