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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