Amelia “Nana” Samons Brown, 96, widow of William “Brownie” Brown, passed on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to be with God at her home in Sumter. Born in the township of Rafting Creek (Sumter County) on July 16, 1916, she was the last of nine children of the late Murray and Maggie Dawson Samson.
Amelia lived in Charlotte, N. C. after attending Providence School in Sumter County. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church most of her life before moving to Washington D. C., where she lived for many years prior to making her home in Largo, Maryland. To help support her family, she worked as a domestic for several prominent families in Maryland and Virginia, including the late Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. Amelia enjoyed traveling, entertaining family in her home and coming home to Sumter for regular occasions. She was well traveled. She was united with Peace Baptist Church of North East Washington, D. C., where she was a faithful member and a devoted missionary, a participant in the Wednesday noonday prayer group, Comforters choir and senior choir. She enjoyed many senior activities in the church until she relocated back to Sumter in 2004, where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her son, Larry (Edna) Lambert of the home; a daughter, Brenda Terry of Overland Park, Kansas; a grandson, Ronald Roundtree of Missouri; her granddaughters, Wandra Lewis of Missouri, Nichelle Foster and Scherida Lambert of Virginia, Leya Terry and Alison Caldwell of Maryland; nine great grandchildren in Missouri, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina; one great-great grandchild in Kansas; a large host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren all who called her Nana to show their love for her and many friends. She also leaves to cherish her memory, Minnie Johnson of North East Washington, D. C., who was like a sister, and her last schoolmate, Angeline Loney of Sumter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Brown of many years, a daughter, Betty Roundtree, and a grandson, Tyrone Terry.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Thursday, December 6, 2012 from the Hopewell Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, with the Reverend Richard Addison, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Reverend E. L. Sanders.
The family will receive friends at the home of her son and daughter, Larry and Edna Lambert, 342 West Calhoun Street, Sumter
The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:00 p. m.
The procession will leave from the home of her son and daughter-in-law at 1:20 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Hopewell Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.