City pays tribute to Brown

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 5, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Longtime city employee William Brown Jr. was honored during Thursday night&8217;s City Council meeting with a moment of silence. Brown, who had been an employee of the City of Demopolis for over 20 years, died Wednesday at U.A.B. Medical Center in Birmingham following a brief illness.

Following the moment of silence in Brown&8217;s honor, the council requested a resolution be presented to his family during Brown&8217;s memorial service for his years of dedicated service.

Funeral services for Brown will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Christian Chapel Baptist Church in Demopolis. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Demopolis. The remains will repose at the church beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Public viewing will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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