Samuel F. "Tilly" Brown was born on March 14, 1946, in Sumter County, a son of the late Jervey and Adaline Nelson Brown. He departed this life on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia.

Samuel attended the public schools of Sumter County and Voorhees College. Samuel met JoAnn Williams on March 12, 1972, proposed in June and they were married on Dec. 23, 1972. To this union, one son was born, Monte' Samuel Brown. Samuel was a lifelong member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities, including the usher board, choirs, Harvest Hope Committee, mission committee and kitchen committee. He also served with Wateree Association Lower Division Sunday School, Brotherhood and Choir. He served as an advisor with the State Junior Brotherhood, where he held yearly Bible Bee Retreats at Morris College. Samuel retired from Crescent Cooper Tools.

Samuel is survived by his wife, JoAnn W. Brown; son, Monte' Samuel (Kathy) Brown; two grandsons, Kingston Tyler and Mason Adams Brown; two brothers, Ernest Brown of Sumter and James Brown of Bronx, New York; one aunt, Amy N. Wright of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; two sisters-in-law; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Hillside Memorial Park, 2561 Cains Mill Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Willie Wright officiating.

The procession will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the home.

Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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