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Beulah Y. Brown


Sunrise: September 4, 1952

Sunset: April 11, 2019

Beulah “Yvonne” Brickhouse Brown entered eternal rest into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at her home in Norfolk, VA. She was born on September 4, 1952 in Norfolk, VA to the late Elder Shellie L. White, Jr. and Evangelist Martha A. Wynn White.

Beulah accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior at a very early age and never took her hands off of the plow. God anointed her as a pianist/organist as a child. Her music ministry started at the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Windsor, VA where her father was the pastor. She graduated from Granby High School and attended and graduated from Norfolk State College with a degree in education, with emphasis on elementary  education and later received her Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University. Beulah taught at Brighton Elementary School in Portsmouth, VA for several years. In 1998, she was selected Teacher of the Year at Ingleside Elementary School. She eventually retired from Norfolk Public Schools as a special education teacher. She has served as the Minister of Music for various churches in the Tidewater area. Until the Lord called her home, she served faithfully as the organist for Macedonia Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA and Woodland Avenue Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA.

She leaves to cherish her memories with daughter Martha S. “Chel” Brickhouse (Alex) of Atlanta, GA, son Daniel L. Brickhouse, Jr., and Granddaughter Ra’ Shonda S. Hawkins, all of Norfolk, VA; sisters Jean Briscoe of Philadelphia, PA, Linda D. Holliman (Chester) of Virginia Beach, VA; brothers Harvest C. White of Norfolk, VA and Leon White (Cindy) of Charlottesville, VA; aunts Verta Mae Dukes, Ruby Tyson, Alice Wynn, Eloise Wynn, and Virginia Mizell; uncle Alexander McNair and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Yvonne, as she was affectionately called, always had a heart for children and has shared in raising and teaching many children of friends and family.

The knowledge and training in which she imparted will never be forgotten. She was the good daughter, a big sister, loving wife, great mother, nurturing aunt, favorite cousin, best friend and sweetly saved and wholesome woman. Heaven is rejoicing because Beulah “Yvonne” Brickhouse Brown has been elevated and is now one of the Ministers of Music in that Heavenly choir.

Viewing Friday, April 19, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Family Receiving Friends Friday, April 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, April 20, 2019 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Calvary Cemetery 1600 St. Julian Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504

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    James Powell says

    Praying for the family, I will always remember her for her smile and encouraging words.

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      Ellen Willey Harris says

      To Linda & Family
      Prayers and praises going up. Though you may be hurting, a child of God had gone to glory. I only remember seeing Beaulah a few times growing up. I only knew her as a pianist serving the Lord in her parents church. Stay strong Linda, Brothers & Family. God will give you strength.
      “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” She is is rejoicing forevermore with your parents and a host of saints.
      Psalm 116:15

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    George Baker says

    Prayers for the family… Yvonne will always be remembered… loving spirit…great musician… Woman of God…may she rest in peace.

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      Crystal Concepcion says

      I will truly miss you Ms. Brown.. beautiful person inside and out. An angel! Sending my condolences to the family!

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    Terrence Jones says

    What a wonderful spiritual saint that will surely be missed. Earth’s loss but Heaven’s gained! Thanks for the friendship Sister Brown!

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    LISA YVETTE MONTGOMERY says

    Prayers and Strength to Martha, Daniel and Brickhouse Brown Family….Heaven has gain an Angel that will be playing that piano for the Heavenly Choir. Your Smile, Kind Words, Uplifting Spirit and Big Hugs will always be cherished. Peace

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    Minister Jackie Hodges says

    God took you home so rest in His arms. Life will never be the same without your smile and beautiful music. You touched so many people in so many different ways. But my friend you received your crown so walk around heaven and know that you will be missed.

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    Prophet- Randall M. Cuffee says

    This Women Was A True Women Of God She Was A Worshipper And Praiser. Not Only That She Was A Powerful Minister Of Music She Could Play The Organ, Piano, Keyboard, As Long As It Had Keys She Could Play And The Lord Would Fill The Temple. She Truly Had A Heart For People She Was Full Of Love And Compassion Me And My Wife Is Truly Going To Miss This Vessel. Praying For The Strength For Her Family To Absent From The Body Is To Be Present With The Lord.

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    D MillsCurry says

    Truly a Woman of God, prayers to the family, May God continue to comfort your loss of tender love and care, Rest my Sis…….

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      Cathy Johnson says

      My condolences to Martha, Daniel and the entire Family!
      Heaven has gained a beautifully spirited Angel. While we shall surely miss her presence here on Earth, she now reigns with our Heavenly Father. May these words add comfort to you in your time of sorrow! God bless you and know that we loved her at Mt. Gilead. She was a true musical gift to our church family when she played for our choirs!
      Cathy Hubbard Johnson

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    Kimberly P. Gregory says

    To the Brown family
    I stand with in your sorrow in the loss of such an anointed beautiful, caring, energized God filled woman. I am going to miss my friend. She laid down but woke up with her crown!
    Heaven has gained a new choir organist and she can play all day without getting tired.

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    Sister Patricia says

    To the family of Mother’s Brown what a beautiful woman of great talent and lots of faith she has encouraged me in so many ways she would truly be missed God bless you

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      Sister Patricia says

      To the family of Mother’ Brown what a beautiful woman of great talent and lots of faith she has encouraged me in so many ways she will truly be missed God bless you

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    Ashley and Lesley says

    Praying for her and her family. Loved seeing her welcoming smile everytime we saw her in the office. She was super sweet and always seem to make us laugh. She will be missed. Fly high babygirl.

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    Oranee says

    To the family of Sister Yvonne, I’m keeping you in my prayers. A wonderful musician with a sweet and kind spirit has joined the Heavenly Choir. She always saw potential in anyone who wanted to sing and would work diligently to help them. Thanks for encouraging me to take pictures!

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    Sam Coston says

    My prayers goes out to the Brown and Brickhouse family. U r a true blessing from God and truly miss. I love u and miss u.

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    Rev. Calvin D. & Mrs. Jacqueline J. Brown, Jr. says

    Jackie and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Sister
    Beulah Yvonne Brickhouse Brown. We were blessed to have shared her as a friend and to have known her as an anointed woman of God.

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    Min. Rhonni E. Dixon says

    To: Martha & Daniel.
    Your Mother left a legacy of love and talent, and was beautiful inside and out. Although it’s been a while since I saw her last, her passing still stings, as I regarded her immensely.

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    Rev. Michelle Middleton says

    Rest In Peace my dear friend. We can’t express how much she will be missed in our lives. The kindness she showed, the love she shared, and the happiness she brought. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

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    Oralene Riddick Porter says

    Iam So Sorry Sending My Condolence to Martha .. Daniel and Family Yes We have Lost Our Earthly Angel But Paradise has Recieved A Heavenly Angel .. Tickle those Ivory Keys! With Love Yvonne! luvU

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    Elder Roderick O. Rose says

    Sincere prayers for the Family. We were so blessed to have her fellowship with us at St. Stephens COGIC. I will personally miss her playing the organ when Mother Dukes would speak during our Annual Winter Revival. Such a beautiful spirit with such a warm pleasant smile. She will truly be missed. Rest in Jesus.

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      HELEN D MCCAULEY says

      Sincere prayers out to the family of Sis Yvonne brickhouse truly a loved and admired woman of God..Heaven has captured a beautiful angel..

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    Head, Edwards (Vanessa) TITUSTOWN, DIVEN STREET says

    Family, Please remember that our memories are forever and a place where we can always visit when our loved ones are no longer here with us. I remember Beulah during our hair appointment visits chatting about our TITUSTOWN days, so much love and kindness. The Lord cares and will comfort your hearts during this change in your family’s circle.

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    Barbara Jean Jackson says

    An angel has gained her wings. Praying for the family. I will always remember this sweet spirited woman in my heart. You may be gone, but never forgotten.

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    Bishop William H. Fayton, III says

    Bishop William H. Fayton, III
    She was definitely our family’s example of a gentle soul… the epitome of a sweet angelic spirit!
    You will be forever etched in our minds and a smile will come over us each time we recall your indomitable passion for caring for others.
    Rest in Him, sweet lady, until we shall jointly crown Him (our Savior) Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

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    Min. Melvin Outlaw says

    I was saddened at hearing the passing of Min Beulah Brown. I only knew her a short time, but she was truly a wonderful woman of God. I had the privilege of being in a workshop in Dec with her & others. She played very skillful & melodic, a true saint of God. I will miss talking to her & praying with her. Family you are in my prayers, she loved you all.

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    Eldress Marilyn Clemons says

    God bless your Heavenly rest in Him! I will miss your big beautiful smile…

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    The Hazley's says

    Sister Brown was a beautiful, sweet lady. She will be truly missed. May God keep the family in his loving arms.

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    Sis. Jeraldine D. Williams says

    God has spoken and He already knows – enjoy your rest. I will cherish our moments in fellowship as we traveled to and from choir rehearsals over the past years. Your love of God, your family, and your dedication and desire to be gentle and peaceful to all will remembered.

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    DEE@STANLEYS says

    DANIEL PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

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    Smalls' Family says

    We were saddened to hear Mrs. Brown had passed away. Such a sweet, funny lady who was always serving. She was a true servant of GOD and one we were blessed to have known. Our condolences to Martha and Daniel. GOD bless you!

    Smalls’ Family

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    CATHERINE NOCON says

    To the family of Beulah Brown:
    What a sweet and genuine person she was. Always looked happy and loving life. God bless all of you in the days ahead, yes, Heaven has gained a beautiful new resident.

    Cathy Nocon

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    LaKeshia Bolling says

    Hello Cheryl, I don’t know if your remember me, but I was the hairdresser that lived in Suffolk that did your mother’s hair. She was the organist at my former church Chapel Grove n Windsor VA. I can still remember her voice and our conversations. She would call me and say ” Hey sister Keshia can I come and get my hair done before Church tomorrow. May God continue to give you and your family strength. Ms. Brown will certainly be missed.

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    Darlene Dockery says

    So sorry to see you go. Your smile and laugh will be missed. I really enjoyed your teaching friendship that knitted us together. You were a woman of greatness in every sense of the word. We will pray for your family, that God will strengthen them in their healing.

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