The late Collis and Lola Mae Brown welcomed a beautiful baby boy on December 1, 1948 in Daisy, Georgia and named him Roy Daniel Brown. Roy was the 2nd child of six children. Later on in life, Roy was raised by Johnny and Bertha Brown.
At an early age, Roy joined the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Daisy, Georgia. Roy attended and graduated from Evans County High School in 1967. While attending Evans County, Roy played football under Coach Virginia Albert. On August 31, 2019, Roy was inducted to the Football Hall of Fame by the Evans County Longhorn Alumni. After graduating from high school, Roy enlisted into the United States Army, where he served and received an honorable discharge on January 23, 1971.
Upon returning to Claxton, Roy met the love of his life, Lottie Mae Nesby, and the two were married in Evans County on August 2, 1972. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brown relocated to Miami, Florida and began a long life together.
Living life in Miami earned Roy the nickname of “Tank” for his stature and stern demeanor. Tank was employed with Orkin Exterminators while attending school at Dorsey Skill Center, where he received a Certificate as an Automotive Service Technician. Tank resigned from Orkin Exterminators and began employment with Alex Auto Mechanic Shop. Tank was determined to excel in his career and began studying to become a Diesel Mechanic at Miami Lakes Technical School.
After graduating from Miam Lakes Technical, Tank applied with Truck Parts Specialist as a Diesel Mechanic, and through hard work dedication, and determination, Tank was promoted as Supervisor Sales Representative for the auto shop. Tank coached while employed with Truck Parts Specialist and soon decided his working days were over and after 30+ years, he retired from Truck Parts Specialist.
Tank retired from employment and football became the highlight of his life. Tank continued coaching at the Northwest Boys Club Miami and soon thereafter coached JV football at Miami Central Senior High School before relocating back home to Claxton, where he enjoyed spending time with family and watching his favorite NFL team “Atlanta Falcons” and college team “Georgia Bulldogs”. Although he lived in Miami, the Miami Dolphins did not stand in chance in Tank’s football life.
Roy Daniel Brown, BKA Tank, was a “no-nonsense” type of guy with a big heart. Tank excelled in life, and encouraged his children to dream big, work hard, and never give up. On October 1, 2023, Tank was resting peacefully at home, looked up, and silently entered into the heavenly gates.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Collis and Lola Mae Brown; three brothers: Charles Boggs, Lonnie Charles (L.C.) Brown and Collis Brown Jr.; and a daughter, Leslie Anderson-Gates.
Roy leaves to cherish many fond memories: his wife of 51 years, Lottie Mae Brown; one daughter, Teria Brown-Robinson (Maurice) of Callahan, Florida; one son, Tony Brown (Ruth) of Miami, Florida; a niece who he raised as his own and will always be his baby daughter, Kereitha Smith of Miami, Florida; one sister, Louise (Claude) Robbins; two brothers: Alvin Brown and Bennie Brown, both of Claxton, Georgia; seven sisters-in-law: Verdie Lee Boggs, Lula Smith, Shirley Childers and Carolyn Davis, all of Claxton, Georgia; Carol Pryor of Reidsville, North Carolina, Mae Cox of Statesboro, Georgia, Gladys Cox of Cleveland, Ohio, and Adrienne Brown of Savannah, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Donnell (Learh) Davis of Claxton, Georgia; six grandchildren: Cierra Bostick, Rashawn Anderson, Wil’Sheika Gates, Maurkecia James, Markeva Robinson, Takiyah Williams, Terell “TJ” Williams, and Remmao Obed Brown; five great-grandchildren: Jamond, Jaykee, Jada Smith, Braydyn and Blayze Cohen; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many caring friends.