Benjamin Otis Brown

September 11, 1923 - December 17, 2014
Benjamin Otis Brown


Benjamin Otis Brown, 91, beloved member of Holy Trinity Church, and former owner of Otis’ Men’s Shop of East Orange, NJ and Joe Fischman’s Clothing Store of Newark, NJ passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Otis passed in the comfort of his home surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Surry County, VA on September 11, 1923, Otis led a life of service, hard work, and a fierce loyalty to the advancement and protection of his family. Otis is a graduate of Columbia High School of South Orange, NJ and attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA on a football scholarship. After a year of attendance, he would leave to join the Merchant Marines. Otis married the love of his life, Estelle S. Sears in 1944. They celebrated 65 fruitful and loving years together, before Estelle passed in March of 2009. Also preceded in death is his son Bradford Otis Brown.

Otis is survived by his daughters Roxanne Saunders and Karimah Muhammad-Harris,(aka Michelle); brother Dwight; son-in-law Joseph Saunders; Grandchildren Marci and Gaetan Perry, step-grandchildren Phillip, Tyrone, and Tamara Saunders; Great Grandson Remy Martin, and seven step-grandchildren. Services will be held on January 18, 2015, 2pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hampstead, NC

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  • January 18, 2015
    Cameron Horne says:
    To the Family of Benjamin Otis Brown: We were saddened to learn that Otis was called from earth to heaven's reward. His passing is the will of God and yet there is a human tie that has been broken, which bleeds the heart. You must find consolation in the words of Jesus who said: "Caste your burdens on Him, for earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal". I am praying for you because time and prayer will bring relief. Lovingly submitted, His friend from Otis Men's Store, Cameron Horne

  • December 22, 2014
    Marjorie Bribitzer says:
    Otis and Estelle were an integral part of the community of Holy Trinity Church when I first arrived in Hampstead. As I got to know Otis, I was impressed with and shared some of his involvement in political issues in Hampstead. Later, I asked him to serve on the Stewardship Committee at Holy Trinity. Otis's experience and wisdom added much to our work. My condolences and prayers to his family. You, Holy Trinity, and Hampstead have all lost a beloved man.

  • January 13, 2015
    Paula (Fairfax) Brown says:
    I have fond memories of Uncle Otis and Aunt Estelle. I spent many summers at their Tinton Falls home and even learned how to swim in their pool. I am sad to hear of his passing and have each of you mourning his passing in my prayers. I am however, rejoicing in the Lord that he is reunited with Aunt Estelle and his son., absent from the body-present with the Lord. Blessings to each of you reading.

  • December 20, 2014
    Ron & Dory Maier says:
    Our condolences go out to the entire family. Otis was one of the good guys and when he was rangering on the golf course, he was always friendly and enjoyed being helpful to all the golfers. Additionally,Otis was always an asset in the Community and it was our pleasure to have known him all these years.

  • January 17, 2015
    Virginia Huebner says:
    To all of the Brown family - It has been a pleasure to know your father, Otis, for over 20 years. Always a kind, considerate man and one who always had time to talk with you. My late husband, Rolf, shared many great stories with him and your Mother. He will be sorely missed by one and all in this community. He is at peace now and with his loving wife once again. RIP Otis - you were a great man. Sincerely Virginia Huebner