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Remembering
Senator Robert Brown

by Amanda Smith

A quiet and intelligent man, the late Senator Robert Brown will be missed by many in his hometown of Macon, Georgia and throughout the state.

Brown first won a seat in the state Legislature in 1991, becoming the first African American to represent Bibb County in the Senate since Reconstruction, serving as Democratic Minority Leader from 2005 until 2011. He served in the Senate for 20 years before resigning his seat to run unsuccessfully for mayor of Macon this year.

Brown’s passing on December 9, 2011 and subsequent funeral on December 14, 2011 at Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia had many reminiscing about the great man that he was.

Tyrone Brooks

Tyrone Brooks
Georgia State Representative
President of GABEO

"I've known Robert Brown for over 40 years," said Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative and President of GABEO (Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials). "He was like a brother to me and I am grateful that I was able to know him for so long. We reminisced just a few days before he died and it was our last time together; when Henry Ficklin called me and broke the news, I felt like I had died myself."

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson
Georgia State Senator

“I think Robert was an enigma to most people,” said longtime friend State Senator Steve Thompson. “He kept things to himself that others couldn’t keep to themselves. He did a great job while he was here and I believe he’s in paradise and that his suffering is over.”

Walter Bellamy

Walter Bellamy
NBA Hall of Famer

"I can remember vividly how Robert worked with the Bibb County School Board and brought ethical standards relative to the diversion of educating young men and women," said NBA Hall of Famer Walter Bellamy. "There were some difficult times in terms of African American students collaborating with the white students, but he was the common denominator."

Frank Dean Martin

Frank Dean Martin
Radio Sales Representative

“Wonderful person,” said Frank Dean Martin, Radio Sales Representative. “I’ve done political advertising for the radio stations since 1989, so I dealt with Robert in all of his races and in those that he supported. He learned to trust me and I trusted him; I will miss him terribly.”

Roy Robinson

Roy Robinson
Retired Coach/Educator

"I met Robert when he first moved to Macon," said retired coach/educator Roy Robinson. "He was always a caring person; very intelligent, and he always wanted to do things for the community. He was part of the civil rights movement back in the early days and did great things for African Americans."

Calvin Smyre

Calvin Smyre
Georgia State Representative

"Robert and I go back for some time," said Georgia State Representative Calvin Smyre. "We both served in leadership, he in the Senate and I in the House. Robert was a no-nonsense guy; he was trustworthy and intelligent and had a lot of street sense. You got the true meaning of the issue when you dealt with Robert and he made significant contributions to this state and to the Macon area."

Katina Clay

Katina Clay
Macon-Bibb Citizen Advocacy

"He was a very humble, honorable man," said Katina Clay, Macon-Bibb Citizen Advocacy. "He never met a stranger and he was genuine and honest. He always wanted to change things and make the world a better place."

col william saunders

William Saunders
retired USAF Colonel

"I met Senator Brown in 2002," said retired USAF Colonel William Saunders. "He was focused and understood what it means to serve; he's been doing that for 20 plus years. For Macon, Bibb County, the state of Georgia and the entire country, we are really going to miss this man. We should honor his legacy by continuing to fight -- we shouldn't wait; we should do something today to make a difference."

Mike Carswell

Mike Carswell
Macon Police Department Deputy Chief

"Robert was a great leader," said Macon Police Department Deputy Chief Mike Carswell. "He was a man of vision and integrity; I was always impressed when he stopped by to talk about the issues. Macon has lost a tremendous leader."

Karen Smith Woodson

Karen Smith Woodson
Fulton County Magistrate Court Judge

"Robert Brown was a dear, dear friend of mine," said Fulton County Magistrate Court Judge Karen Smith Woodson. "He was a wonderful leader, a wonderful man and a wonderful friend. He will be truly missed."

Winfred Dukes

Winfred Dukes
Georgia State Representative

"I migrated to Robert when I first got to the Senate," said Georgia State Representative Winfred Dukes. "He was smart and had a great temperament; whatever he could do to help you, he would."

Ernest Coach Williams

Ernest "Coach" Williams

"Robert will be truly missed," said Ernest "Coach" Williams, District 89, Stone Mountain, Georgia. "His legacy will be one of public servant to the people of Bibb County and Georgia; he was a man of integrity and substance, an honest person. He always came with something that was good for all of the people of Georgia, not just one particular race. The entire state of Georgia will miss him."

Stanley Abdul Beatin Muhammah

Stanley Abdul Beatin Muhammah

"I first encountered Brother Robert around 1976," said Stanley Abdul Beatin Muhammah. "We had several thought-provoking and inspiring conversations as to what should be done about the plight of blacks in the middle Georgia area. I think that he was a sincere, deep-thinking individual; he provided a lot of insight into the problems at hand. He meant a lot to me personally and to all people."

Andy Galloway

Andy Galloway
Former Board Member, Medical Center of Central Georgia

"Robert was my friend," said Andy Galloway, former Board Member, Medical Center of Central Georgia. "He did a tremendous amount for this community and he will be greatly missed."

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson
Macon City Council Member

"Senator Brown was a lifelong friend of mine," said Macon City Council member Henry Gibson. "He was my next door neighbor in Bellevue back in the '70s and he has always been a very private person. Every time I asked his help, he was there pronto. It's devastating and a great loss to this community; he was very intelligent and very well-respected; very loved by the people, one of a kind."

Sharell Lewis

Sharell Lewis
Assistant District Attorney

"I first met Robert Brown in 1995 when I was working on Jim Marshall's campaign," said Assistant District Attorney Sharell Lewis. "He would help anyone, from the Governor to the lowliest person. That's just who he was; he never, ever said 'no'."

Amy Morton

Amy Morton
Marriage and Family Therapist

"Robert always told me the truth and he kept every promise he ever made to me," said Marriage and Family therapist Amy Morton. "There are very few people that I can say that about; he was a remarkable person whose life tells his story for him; he left us in a better place than he found us."

Former Fulton County Commissioner Reginald Eaves

Reginald Eaves
Former Fulton County Commissioner

"I am just so sad," said former Fulton County Commissioner Reginald Eaves. "We have lost a great man."

Alan Walden

Alan Walden
The "Music" Man

"Robert Brown was one of the finest human beings I have ever known," said The "Music" Man Alan Walden. "He was very special to me and was dedicated to helping the Music Hall of Fame. He was a wonderful friend and a spiritual, comfortable-feeling kind of person. It just tore me apart when I heard the news. He had an open mind and an open heart; the world has lost a wonderful person"

Andy Galloway

Dr. Thelma Dillard
Civil Rights Activist and Former President of the Macon Chapter, NAACP

"Senator Robert Brown was a true servant of God," said Dr. Thelma Dillard, civil rights activist and former President of the Macon Chapter, NAACP. "He believed in and worked for the people; he fought for justice and equality for all mankind and he will be sorely missed."

bubber epps

Bubber Epps
Georgia House Representative

"Robert Brown was an icon," said Bubber Epps, Georgia House Representative. "Words attempted to paint a picture of him during his funeral, but it just couldn't give us the whole man. He devoted his life to the service of others and he set a standard that will be hard to match; a legacy that we should all strive to carry forth."

dubose porter

DuBose Porter
Former State Representative

"Robert Brown was the most dedicated servant I've ever known," said DuBose Porter, former State Representative. "His heart was for the people, for everyone. He was a fighter and he loved his community."

Sharon Patterson

Sharon Patterson
Retired Bibb County School Superintendent

"Robert Brown had a heart that was passionate, committed and tenacious," said retired Bibb County School Superintendent Sharon Patterson. "He was a quiet, private man; he accomplished much behind the scenes. He is a legend and will be remembered with the deepest of thanks by those he helped and loved."

Sam Hart

Sam Hart
Bibb County Board of Commissioners Chairman

"Robert will be a vacuum that will be hard to fill in our community," said Bibb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Sam Hart. "He was one who spoke loudly for those who had the least in our community. He was smart and knew how to attack the issues; we need more like him."

Bill Odom

Bill Odom
Former Board of Education President

"One can only say good things about Robert," said former Board of Education President Bill Odom. "He always had his facts together and always pushed for what was right. He was good man who will be missed."

charles jones

Charles Jones
Macon City Council Member

"Robert was honest and he spent a lot more time listening than he did talking," said Macon City Council member Charles Jones. "And when he did speak, he had thought it through and had listened to others. I was proud of him and I’m still struggling with the loss, but his struggles are now over."

lee walker

Dr. Lee Walker
Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina

"Robert was my friend and I loved him," said Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina, Dr. Lee Walker. "He was a great patron and a real source of support. He cared for people and worked hard for the disadvantaged and the poor."

David Lucas

David Lucas
Former Ga. State Representative

"He was a friend," he says. "You always hate to see your friends leave you. And based under these circumstances, nobody knows." said Former Ga. State Representative David Lucas.

Vincent Fort

Vincent Fort
Georgia State Senator

"Robert was a great colleague but an even greater friend," said Vincent Fort, Georgia State Senator. "He and I worked very closely together and I'm going to miss his friendship and his care for others, the most important thing about him."

Andy Galloway

Tony Rojas
Macon Water Authority

"I had a lot of respect for Robert Brown," said Macon Water Authority's Tony Rojas. "You could talk to him and he really listened; very intelligent man. I respected him tremendously."

James Beverly

James Beverly
Georgia State Representative

"Robert was a tremendous man," said State Representative James Beverly. "He always encouraged me and I loved him."

Douglas Dean

Douglas Dean
President/CEO of Summerhill Development

"Robert was a tremendous legislator who cared about his community," said Douglas Dean, President/CEO of Summerhill Development. "He refused to allow anyone to turn the clock back and I knew we had someone in the state Senate who could carry the weight and do the right thing for African Americans in this state."

Nikki Randall

Nikki Randall
Georgia State Representative

“Robert was my mentor, my friend, my leader,” said Ga. State Representative Nikki Randall. “This is a sad, sad day and a loss for this community.”

Andy Galloway

Herbert Dennard
Georgia Informer Founder

"Robert Brown has been my close friend since 1970, when he was at Mercer and I was at Macon College. His dedication to civil rights and justice for all will be greatly missed throughout Georgia." said Georgia Informer Founder Herbert Dennard.

A truly great man, The Informer celebrates the life of Robert Brown, knowing that he can never be replaced and that his passing will leave a void in the lives of many.

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