Wendell McCurry Brown

Sunrise: March 14, 1946

Sunset: October 31, 2022

Legacy of Life

Wendell McCurry Brown, born March 14, 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia, the ninth child born out of seventeen children to the late Nathaniel Sr. & Bernice B Brown.

Wendell obtain his G.E.D in the Job corps, after which he completed honorably several years in the United States Army, with tours in Korea and Vietnam. He worked many years at the Greyhound Bus Garage. He was married to Gwendolyn Davis having one (1) daughter.  Wendell later pursued a career with Seafarers International Union (SIU) as a Quarter Master in the Engineering Department (QMAD), as the Chief Electrician. As well, he was a Full Book member, and a Board Vessel Chairman of the crew. Wendell retired after thirty-one (31) years as a Merchant Seaman in 2016. He was also a board member of the American Legion, Crispus Attucks Post 5, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Wendell married Sharon Spence, his second wife, and they adopted two (2) boys. As Wendell was reared in a large family, he and Sharon often hosted many family cookouts, dinners, and family reunions at their home where family enjoyment was the talk of the event.  Throughout his and Sharon’s marriage, they took many trips together as they loved and enjoyed each other in a special way.

Although he played baseball as a kid for the Berkley Bulldogs and Raiders teams as an adult, he was an Oakland Raiders football fan. He enjoyed playing poker with a specially picked few family members, at least once a month. He loved to hand dance wherever he could find a partner who could dance.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Sharon S. Brown, as well as five brothers, Nathaniel Jr., George A., Robert (Dice), Leon (Doc), and Frizzell, two (2) sisters, Lillian Artis and Silvia Mae.

Wendell transitioned to sleep in death, on Monday, October 31, 2022, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Wendell is survived by his loving children, daughter, Se’Dhari Brown Brooks (Atlanta, GA), two (2) sons, Montrell & Demetriz Brown (Norfolk, VA), five brothers (5) Mack (Emma) and Clarence (Bunny), Virginia Beach, VA, Ramond and Michael, Norfolk, VA, Charles (Josette) Raleigh, NC., four sisters (4), Gladys Robinson, Chesapeake, VA, Gilda Wilson, Norfolk, VA, Yvonne Mitchell and Vanessa Steward (Alfred), Virginia Beach, VA, one (1) grandson, Lil Montrell, thirty-four (34) nephews & nieces, many great nephews & nieces and great-great nephews and nieces, one (1) God daughter, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing Sunday, November 6, 2022 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Monday, November 7, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Riverside Cemetery 1000 E Indian River Road Norfolk, VA 23523

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    Brenda Wilson-Wright says

    Condolences to the family from my family the Wilson’s of chesterfield heights 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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    Larry Cooper says

    I’m thinking of you doing these difficult times.
    You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow.

    Be Blessed,
    Larry Cooper and family

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    Larry Cooper says

    I’m thinking of you doing these difficult times.
    You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support.

    Be Blessed,
    Larry Cooper and family

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      Kendrick Turner says

      uncle wendell from your nephew bishop kendrick turner i will always kove you uncle

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    Mildred Cojoe says

    You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother and a friend of our family. May you be comforted by his memories and the comfort of knowing God 🙏🏽
    Allen Lomax Winslow Family

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    Shirley A Cabarras says

    To the Brown Family: The Walker and Cabarras Families are praying that God will comfort you during this time. You have our condolences. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

    Shirley Walker Cabarras

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    Velinda Parker says

    So sorry for your loss! Condolences to the family and may God provide you with the strength and loving care during this difficult time.
    Douglas and Velinda

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    Valerie Evans says

    To the family, extending my prayers and sincere condolences. God bless 🙏🏾

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    Emma Mason says

    Love and Sympathy to the Family

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    Debra Evans says

    My sincere condolences to the family, May the wonderful memories of Wendell bring the family peace and comfort during this difficult time. .
    Sincerely, ,
    Debra Evans -Godfrey & Family

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    Kendrick Turner says

    I miss my favorite uncle Wendell Brown I’m truly going to miss you I’m truly from going to miss you from your nephew Kendrick Turner love you love you love you

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    Tavares J. Turner says

    The Greatest Uncle!! and an amazing example on how to be a man always spoke Truth and Wisdom to his family Gone but legends never die RIP Unc.

    Love always TJ

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    Tina W. Salley says

    Rest well Wendell. We will always be family, Tina (Wiggins) Salley.
    You will be missed❤🙏

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    Lorraine samuel says

    You are one one the most kindhearted man I know I will miss your conversation and the way you always saw the good in everyone . My heart goes out to you family Rest In Peace

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    Vernon Robinson says

    To the Brown family, from the Robinson family we extend our condolence to this great family in the loss of Wendell. What a class act he was. His kind and pleasant personality will be missed. Rip my brother.
    Until we meet again.

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