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When I am gone, release me and let me go; I have so many things to do and see. You must not tie yourself to me in tears, but be happy that we shared such beautiful years. . . On Monday, February 26, 2018, at 11:28 a.m., the all wise and merciful Father dispatched a beautiful Angel from the shining courts of glory to summon a faithful warrior home. She fought a good fight until the battle was over. She now stands in the vast expanse of the Great Thorne Room of God embracing the Savior. She is listening to the sweet words of the Master - “Well done, Thelma; you’ve been faithful over a few things, come sit with me in the Father’s bosom, I’m going to make you ruler over many.” Colentary Thelma Grant Brown was born in Pamplico, South Carolina on November 28, 1938, to Lucile Carter Grant Rainey and the late Andrew Jackson Grant. Thelma was the eldest of seven children. She received her education through the Florence County School System, graduating from Gibbs High School in 1957. She continued her education in Brooklyn, NY, and became a practical nurse. Thelma was converted at an early age, baptized, and joined the Spring Branch Baptist Church under the pastoral of the late Reverend J. E. Bristow. She maintained her membership there until she moved away. Thelma resided in Queens, NY, and was a faithful and loyal member of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church joining under the pastoral of the late Reverend Dr. Rueben Lee Speaks. She was a busy body around First Church, serving in any capacity needed. But, she was most passionate serving as Life Members Chairperson for the Life Member Council under the pastoral of the late Doctor James E. McCoy. She remained a faithful member of First Church until her health began to fail. Thelma was very dedicated to her family and friends; always giving of herself, both her time and resources. She never hesitated to help those in need and often said, “God blesses a cheerful giver, and give to the world your best and the best will come back to you.” In 1981, at the request of her uncle Willie Grant, she organized the Grant Family Reunion and served as the nationally president. She consistently gave of herself to advance the family’s endeavors, and we acknowledged her with pride and gratitude for her many contributions to the vitality of our family, so in 1997 the tenth reunion family crest and souvenir journal were dedicated to her as an expression of love for her encouragement, guidance, and vision. Thelma leaves a legacy of love to her husband of 54 years, Joseph Brown; and a loving and devoted daughter, Senora Denise Brown, of Queens, New York; her mother, Lucile Rainey, Pamplico, SC; four sisters: Eunice (Jimmy) Carter of Taylors, SC; Sandra Elaine Grant of Pamplico, SC; Marilyn Kay (Clarence) Brown of Florence, SC; Andrea Lucy (Tom) Miller of Savannah, GA.; one brother, Andrew (Uneeda) Grant of Florence, SC; one sister-in-law, Anna Gregg of Baltimore, MD; one brother-in-law, Lora Guiles of Pamplico, SC; one goddaughter, Terra Brown of Charlotte, NC; one godson, Ronald Guiles of Florence, SC; one uncle, Edward (Carrie) Carter of St. Stevens, SC.; one great uncle, Nathaniel Carter of Savannah, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Eddie Mae Grant Guiles and a brother, Bobby Gregg. Thelma leaves us her legacy, family and friends who praise her abilities, love her contributions, and mourn her passing. We are thankful for her exemplary life among us, for her tireless labor and the good she did, for this we dedicate this hour. We are comforted in knowing that to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.

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