Mattie Lane Williams Brown, was born on May 25, 1930 in Emporia, Virginia, the fifth child of the late Georgia Roberts Williams and Henry Williams.
Mattie received her foundational education in the Greensville County Public School System. She loved school and studied hard, graduating from High School at the top of her class in 1948.
Loving education and loving children, led Mattie to pursue a degree in education at Virginia State College (now University) with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. While at Virginia State, Mattie became friends with a young Army ROTC student from Norfolk, JD Brown. Their friendship turned into love and the two married soon after both graduated and JD was commissioned into the US Army. Mattie and JD had one child, a daughter, Terry.
Mattie truly loved being a teacher, something she did for forty two years, the last of those years in Silver Spring, Maryland . She would only teach up to the sixth grade stating she didn’t want her students to be taller than she was. She was such a special teacher that former students often came back – even those in college – to tell her how important she had been to their education.
After retiring, Mattie was able to indulge in two of her favorite things – traveling and dancing. Over the years, she and her traveling buddies visited Hawaii, Alaska, the California coast, Greece, Turkey, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, and Mexico making lasting memories at each location. For her dancing, Mattie joined two line dancing groups associated with her church. The groups danced weekly at church and participated in competitions at least twice a year. Mattie continued to dance up to the last few months of her life. When anyone asked how she was doing, her response was always “still shaking it” and she would do a little shimmy.
Because of health challenges, Mattie moved back to Emporia in 2016, becoming a resident at The Bloom Retirement Center, where she was a favorite of both the staff and other residents.
On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Mattie danced into heaven at the Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center. Preceding her in death were her husband, JD, her siblings Pearlie, James (Sack), Evelyn, Alease, Fannie and Linda. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Terry Weir; sisters, Clarice Vincent, Geraldine Moody and Evoria Drake; a host of nieces, nephews; great-nieces and nephews; great, great-nieces and nephews.
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