Robert Lee Brown was born March 7, 1939, to the late Birdie Mae Breedlove Brown and Walter Brown in Bainbridge, Georgia. He was raised in a deeply religious home. Christian education and service to others was a consistent part of his life.
Robert began his career in education with a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of those he had the good fortune to serve as a classroom teacher, school administrator, Rahway High School principal, and Montclair State College instructor. He dedicated himself to advancing the cause of education and was committed to achieving excellence in all areas of his professional life.
A former Verona resident, he was a member of numerous professional organizations. He served as president of his local and county principal’s associations. In addition, he was a member of the New Jersey State Board of Governors for Principals and Supervisors and a board member of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) of New Jersey.
Robert L. Brown departed this life on December 27, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Walter Dennis, and sister, Elsie Hubbard. He leaves to celebrate a life well lived, his wife of 58 years, Sandra E. Brown, his children: Kim D. Arrington of Kennesaw, Ga. (Malcolm), Kenneth R. Brown of Atlanta, Ga. (Gasby); four grandchildren: Alexis Nicole Mumphrey of Raleigh, N.C., James Boldin of Jacksonville, Fla., Robert Boldin of San Francisco, Calif., Jeremiah Isaiah Arrington of Kennesaw, Ga.; and two great-grandchildren, Elijah Nicholas and Kennedy Alexandria Mumphrey of Raleigh, N.C. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be a viewing on Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Evelyn Samples Shelton Memorial Chapel, 473 Lawrence Street NE, Marietta, Georgia 30061 and on Monday, January 4, from 9 to 10 a.m. A video of his life will begin playing at 9:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m. it will lead into a live-stream of the Celebration of A Life Well Lived service at Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street NE Marietta, Georgia 30060. Please leave tributes on the funeral home’s website here.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Zion Baptist scholarship fund. Please put “Scholarship-TR” on the fund line and “In Memory of Robert L. Brown” on the memo line.