ATLANTA (WAOK)- Funeral services for former Georgia State Senator Robert Brown, who died last week have now been announced.
The homegoing celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Greater Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church,
2656 Napier Avenue in Macon, Georgia.
Macon Police Department spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says the 61-year-old Brown died of a single gunshot wound to the head in an apparent suicide.
The 19-year senator from Macon was first elected in a special election in 1991 to fill an unexpired term. Brown led the senate chamber’s Democrats from 2005 until this year, when he left state politics to run for Mayor of Macon.
Senator Brown was also very active in various civic organizations around the state including Let Us Make Man , the annual day long conference for young men sponsored each year by WAOK’s Derrick Boazman.
Georgia Representative John Lewis said: “He was a voice for the voiceless, an eloquent advocate for equal treatment and even-handed justice for those who never have a chance to face the State Senate and plead their case. At a time when the role of compassion is ignored in public policy, when poverty is on the rise and the struggles of the unemployed, the homeless and everyday working people have fallen on deaf ears within the chambers of government, we need a man like Senator Brown to remind us of the good that government can do. This state has lost an honorable man, at a time when men of honor are in short supply. Sen. Robert Brown will be deeply missed.”
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says he admired Brown’s “passionate public service and unwavering commitment to his constituents” and called him “one of the sharpest political minds in the Senate.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, “I am deeply saddened about the death of State Senator Robert Brown. He was an extraordinary public servant who cared about working-class people and issues such as education, healthcare and job creation not only in Macon, but throughout the state. He was a strong Democratic leader in the General Assembly and a tenacious fighter for his constituents. He was not only a colleague, but also a friend and mentor to me for many years while we served in the Senate. His passing is a great loss for the entire state of Georgia.”
For more information on the services call 478-746-2389