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Brown to Speak at Historical Society

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 8:00 am

The Marshall County Historical Society will meet Sunday afternoon, May 5, at 2:00 p.m. in the historical museum, which is located at 230 College Street.  Retired educator, Brenda Brown, has skillfully prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the life of Sadie Wilson Tillman, who served both nationally and internationally with the United Methodist Church and whose name graces the Chapel at the Church Center of the United Nations in New York City.

As the daughter of Joe Boyd and Ruby Jean Ogilvie, Brenda Brown grew up in the Caney Spring area of Marshall County and was familiar with Mrs. Tillman’s accomplishments and knew members of her family. Many pictures and interesting facts about Mrs. Tillman were furnished by Sarah Mason Miller, who grew up in the Tillman home place at Palmetto.

Brown is a highly-regarded educator with teaching stints at Campbellsville School, Connelly Middle School, Community High School, and Forrest High School, where she completed her 46- year career. At Forrest she served as the Beta Club sponsor and directed the graduation chorus. Ever true to school athletics, she continues to keep the scorebooks for Forrest home basketball games.

As a life-long member of the Caney Spring United Methodist Church, she serves as the pianist on Sunday mornings, directs the Berlin Circuit Choir for Easter and Christmas cantatas, and teaches Sunday School. She is an active member of the Caney Spring United Women of Faith and serves as an officer at the district level.

She is actively engaged in the Marshall County community as a member of the Forrest Alumni Association,  the Lewisburg Study Club, the Marshall County Historical Society, the Marshall County Retired Teachers Association, and the Marshall County Memorial Library Board.

She and her husband Ronnie Brown have been married 48 years and are the parents of two successful sons: Jay Brown and his wife Christy, who are both Rutherford County educators; and Robert Brown and his wife Jessica, who are both pharmacists with the Kroger Corporation in Cincinnati. They have three grandchildren.

The meeting is free and open to the public. The museum will be open at 1:00 p.m. for browsing the exhibits.