Mary Walker Brown, 84, longtime choir director

Mary W. Brown
Mary W. Brown
Posted: February 23, 2012

Mary Walker Brown, 84, of Philadelphia, a Baptist and Methodist choir director, died Saturday, Feb. 18, after a stroke at the Vitas Hospice of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.

Born in Louisville, Ga., Mrs. Brown graduated from William Penn High School in 1946 and earned a degree in music education at what is now West Chester University in 1950.

Mrs. Brown's daughter, Donna Brown Ginyard, said she was a music teacher at the Gay Street Elementary School in West Chester from 1950 to 1952 before teaching at Thomas M. Peirce Elementary School in Philadelphia from 1952 to 1961.

A lyric soprano, Mrs. Brown directed the choir at Holy Trinity Baptist Church on Bainbridge Street near 18th Street from 1950 to 1969 and at Sayers Memorial United Methodist Church near 61st and Catharine Streets from 1969 to 1987, when she retired.

A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for more than 60 years, in 1985 she founded the vocal ensemble for the sorority's Omega Omega chapter in Philadelphia.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband of 60 years, Flemuel Brown Jr.; sons Flemuel III and Edward; and four grandchildren.

A viewing was set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Flemuel Brown Jr. Funeral Home, 60th and Catharine Streets, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, 57th and Summer Streets, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there. Burial is to be in Ivy Hill Cemetery.


Contact staff writer Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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