Sept. 25, 1953 – July 9, 2021
Clennel Brown was born Sept. 25, 1953, in Walthall County to Ethel Mae and Curtis Brown. He died July 9, 2021, at his residence.
In 1972, he graduated from Tylertown High School and then attended Alcorn State University where he majored in political science. He married Gladys Mae Walker June 9, 1990. He was employed with Noble Drilling for 20 years. In addition to his role as a husband, he was a substitute teacher and bus driver for Walthall County School District. Brown served as a mentor and advocate for disadvantaged children. He served as NAACP president for numerous years. He served, as chairman of the Democratic Party of Walthall County. He served as board president of SMO (Southwest Mississippi Opportunity). And he also served as 5th District Supervisor.
Brown served as a steward at Oak Grove United Methodist Church as chairperson of administrative council, member of the finance committee, lay servant, Sunday School teacher, member of board of trustees and chair of pastor parish relations committee (PPRC).
Brown was honored with many awards: The Ruby Hurley Award, The Vernon Dahmer Award, The Goodman Chaney Schwerner Award and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert (Bill) Brown and Rev. Bobby Brown; his sisters: Julia McCray and Maxine Stewart; niece, Bobbie Davis; nephew, Perry James McCray; sister-in-law, Johnnie Mae Brown; and special friend, Larry Bridges.
Survivors are his wife, Gladys Brown; two brothers, Jimmy L. Brown of Hammond and Mickus Brown of Jayess; three sisters: Claretha Hammond of Jayess, Celester Ratcliff of Tylertown, and Vida N. Dunn (Charles) of Hammond; four sisters-in-law: Glenndale Brown of Hattiesburg, Minister Bobbie Jean Murray, Gloria Johns, both of Houston, TX, and Sally Mae Murray (Rev. David) of West Memphis, AR; two brothers-in-law: Daniel Bullock of Picayune and Zachary “Nutt” Bullock of Tylertown; a special aunt, Bobbie Jean Walker; a special friend, Osborne Holmes; a special niece, Shauna Ratcliff.
Craft-Ginn Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.