~Reflections of A Life Well Lived~
~Favorite Scripture~ “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…” ~ 2 Timothy 4:7
Dorothy Lavon Brown answered the voice of the Lord and was called home to rest on September 4, 2023. She was born the eighth child to the parentage of the late William and Georgia Collins on June 13, 1951 in Newellton, Louisiana. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Benny Collins and sister Bessie Kinnard.
In the early 40’s the family moved to southern Tensas Parish, where Dorothy grew up near the town of Waterproof, Louisiana. She attended Lisbon Elementary School and graduated in May of 1969 from Tensas Rosenwald High School in Saint Joseph, Louisiana. She showcased her musical talent as a clarinet player in the Tensas Rosenwald High School Marching Band and Symphonic Band.
Dorothy, also affectionately known as “Dot”, and to some as “Redd”, married her high school sweetheart, Amos McCoy Brown, in 1973 at the Springhill Baptist Church. They met at the age of 14 years old and began their courtship prior to marriage. Her education started at Northeast State University, in Monroe, La. The Brown’s relocated to Houston, Texas in 1975 where they both began their lucrative working career in Banking.
Dorothy’s enthusiasm for banking inspired her to further her education as a career choice by attending the American Institute of Banking, Front Line Leadership and many training development courses throughout her banking career. Her professional affiliations included over twenty-eight years in all aspects of operations in the banking and finance industry including loan servicing, deposit operations, regulatory compliance, asset management, research, supervisory and performance management.
Dorothy became a member of the Unity Church of Truth and served in various capacities of the church for more than 25 years, and culminating into the Sunday School Director. She was a woman of great faith who lived out her life trusting in God and was always expressing the love of Christ to others. She possessed a wealth of wisdom and was always putting the need of others before her own. She believed in living her life helping others, her church and reaching out to the community, as well as a passion for young people excelling. Her community involvement included full time volunteer at the elementary school, where she was honored for her steadfast support, sacrifice and understanding in service award and her unwavering dedication to mentoring and loving the students. Dorothy also served as PTA Executive Board Treasurer, and as a volunteer of Texas Metropolitan Organization Community Outreach.
On a personal note, Dorothy enjoyed and spent her pastime going to aerobics classes, on morning walks, caring and mentoring her daughter, grandchildren and adopted children as well as loving on her fur babies.
Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory; her husband Amos Brown of 50 years, one daughter, Dera Brown of Houston, Tx; one-step son Michael Prater of Atlanta, Ga; three granddaughters, Armani Lavon Holmes, Elana and Elliana Richard; one grandson, Emmanuel Richard; four brothers, William (Mona) Collins of Seattle, Wa, Albert Collins of Seattle, Wa, Eddie Collins of Bellevue, Wa, Nathaniel (Lydia ) Collins of Renton, Wa; two sisters, Annie Stacker of Waterproof, La, Brenda McCray of Tacoma, Wa;
daughter, Belinda A. Titus of Fort Worth, Tx, her biological niece as referenced; son, Kelvin J. Collins of Katy, Tx, her biological nephew as referenced; special nephew, Deryl McCray of Albany, New York; goddaughter, Gale Ariel of Waldorf, Md; god sister, Mary Ann Baldwin of Houston, Tx.
Dorothy loved and cherished all of her nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and a host of other family and friends.
Dorothy also leaves to cherish her honorary son, Mark Carter of New York City, New York; her dear friends Gloria Walker, Patricia Combs, Dr. Brenda Bryant, Stephanie Drumgoole and Barbara Turner of Houston, Tx; Garnise Dennis of Hampton, Virginia.
She was HIGHLY admired by her family, friends, co-workers, church members, and acquaintances throughout her city.
Dignity, Elegance, Courageous, Valiant, Faithful, Faith-filled, Strong, Committed, Dedicated, Benevolent, and a “True Child of God in action” describe…Ms. Dorothy Lavon Collins Brown!