Sterling J. Brown
CHESAPEAKE — Sterling J. Brown was born in Portsmouth on March 3, 1933, the only child of the late Sterling Brown and the late Lelia Bowser Brown Gatlin.
He loved God, family and country and served our nation for 20 years in the United States Army and served in Korea and Vietnam. He earned the Bronze Star with clusters. He retired with the rank of Master Sergeant E-8.
And most of all he loved the Lord Jesus, accepting Christ at an early age. He was a devoted member of Canaan Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1995, he returned to his native Virginia where he was reunited with Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church.
On Aug. 9, 2001 the Lord called him home.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jenice Brown Jennings.
He is survived by his wife, Lola Brown; five sons and two daughters, Sterling David of Washington, D.C., Edward Carl of Philadelphia, Stephen Laster of Philadelphia, Sherria Lynn Fisher of Hampton, Sterling Junior Jr. of Philadelphia, Stephanie Lola Alexander of Chester, Va., and Stuart Fitzgerald of Philadelphia; as well as 26 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three aunts, one uncle and a host of nieces, cousins, in-laws and friends.
A Home going celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church at 7036 Chesapeake Blvd., Norfolk. Burial will take place in Quantico National Cemetery. An open visitation will be in Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
To visit Mr. Brown’s memorial site go to altmeyer.com