The planet Earth was revolving on its axis April 16, 1914 when a blessed event was occurring in Metter to the family of Mr. and Mrs. T. Z. Lanier, Sr., their second daughter, Margie Lanier, was born. She is one of eight children, of which three are still living, Margie; a brother, William L. Lanier, Sr. of Quitman; and a sister, Marie Kemp of Savannah.
She grew up in Metter and was reared as a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Metter High School and then furthered her education at Georgia-Alabama Business College with a degree in business.
The love of her life was reared just fifteen miles from her however, she was formally introduced to Jesse Bryan Brown, Jr. in Macon when he was being accepted into the Medical School of Georgia in Augusta. He graduated from medical school and they were married on March 25, 1942.
They moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, after his graduation from medical school where he served his medical internship. Mrs. Brown became a secretary to the purchasing agent at Higgins Aircraft. Dr. Brown was drafted by the Navy for duty during the World War II Normandy Invasion. After the invasion he went to England to serve and when he was discharged from the service; the Browns located to Baxley in 1947 where he opened his medical practice. Mrs. Brown has always had a keen sense for business and she was always Dr. Brown’s “right arm.”
Dr. and Mrs. Brown were blessed to have two sons: Jesse Bryan Brown, III and William Lanier (Billy) Brown, Sr. Mrs. Brown has three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
One of the first things the Browns did, when they came to Baxley, was to join the First Baptist Church. Dr. and Mrs. Brown were always very active in the church. Mrs. Brown taught Sunday school and Baptist Training Union. She served on many committees of leadership in the church. She sang in the choir and was president of the Adult Choir for several terms. She is a member of the J.O.Y. Group, a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class and attends both when she is able health wise. Though she sometimes cannot attend the church services, her tithes and offerings are always brought to God’s storehouse. She is still concerned for the sick and the shut-ins of the church.
Mrs. Brown has always and continues to be very civic minded. She served as president of the local P.T.A. and a grade mother when her sons were in school. She was a Den mother for both sons in the Cub Scouts. She has a great talent for writing and wrote a poem for the Blue and Gold Banquet for the scouts. One of the civic clubs that she enjoys and was very active in it is the Pine Forest Garden Club. She served as president for two terms; Mrs. Brown and two of her late friends, Mrs. Olga Baker and Mrs. Dorothy Jenkins, wrote the CREED for the club, which is recited at each meeting today. She was also a member of the Woman’s Club and is a member of the Arts Council of Appling County. She has always been interested in the fine arts. One of the pleasures of her life has been playing Bridge. She is definitely an avid Bridge player as it is a game that helps keep you mentally alert.
One of Mrs. Brown’s mottos is: always put your best foot forward no matter how simple the task; whether it is setting the table or watering the flowers; do it the right way. At ninety-eight she was harvesting fruit from her trees and making jelly and preserves to give away. She remarked that she did not like to see anything go to waste.
The Lord has blessed Mrs. Brown with longevity to be 100 years old and have the mental and physical health that she has today. She walked two miles daily for thirty-two years and she states that is why she is as agile as she is today. She loves to walk outside when the weather permits with the assistance of her caretakers. Recently she has been able to do so.
Mrs. Brown is truly the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31. She is distinguished, sophisticated, and a genteel southern lady in all aspects. She is known to always compliment others in their wellbeing. Compassion for others is one of her finer qualities. Her family can rise and say, “She speaks with wisdom, and is called blessed. She is clothed with strength and dignity and watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
Happy 100th Birthday, Mrs. Brown!
City of Baxley Mayor Steve Rigdon recently proclaimed April 16 as Margie Lanier Brown day in Baxley.
Happy Birthday, Indeed, Mrs.Dr. Margie Brown!
God has been kind to you! I loved you and Dr. Brown as a child and was never treated as kind as I was by the both of you each time I saw you. My grandmother, Willie Tippins carted me in tow to Dr. Brown's office and on occasion to your beautiful home. She adored the both of you. I am truly blessed to have known you and you have not changed at all, still beautiful from the inside out. Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15).