Lillian Brown

Lillian W. "Sissie" Brown

Saturday, September 2nd, 1939 - Thursday, January 21st, 2021
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Lillian Williams Brown “Sissie” age 81, of Bostwick, FL passed away on January 21, 2021 in Atlanta, GA following an extended illness. She retired from Publix after more than 20 years. She also worked at Kelley Smith Elementary School in the Grandmother Program and thoroughly loved and enjoyed her “extra” grandkids. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palatka, FL. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge 184. She enjoyed dancing, shopping and lunch dates with her girls and telling her many funny stories. Most important to Lillian was time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Lillian was born to the late John and Margaret Williams on September 2, 1939 at the Glendale hospital, Palatka, FL.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, John “Cab” Williams, Martin Williams, Claude “Sonny” Williams, Henry Martin Williams and a precious cousin, who was more like a sister, Clara Belle Tillman.
She is survived by five children, Ardell (Angie) Burney of Palatka, Maggie Burney of Atlanta, GA, Mitchell Burney of Butler, GA, Phyllis (Kevin) Allen and Charlene (Bo) Taylor of Palatka, one brother, Clyde “Pratt” (Marilyn) Williams of Bostwick, and two sisters, Joyce (Homer) Barrow of Butler, GA and Lois (Ronny) Clark of Howard, GA, 10 grandchildren, Melissa (Quan) Barnhill and Mitchell (Shaina) Burney of Jacksonville, Byron (Lynn) Burney, Ashley Burney, Kyle Hutson of Palatka, Justis Mullins of Atlanta, GA, Brooke and Buck Taylor, Dane (Erin) Allen, Kaitlyn (Jerry) Allen of Palatka, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at the Bostwick Baptist Church with Brother David Eddins and John Martin “JMart” Williams officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Johnson Overturf Chapel in Palatka between 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Due to concerns with the COVID-19 virus, all attending the services are encouraged to wear facial coverings when not practicing social distancing.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Sissie’s Book of Memories page at .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 25th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, January 25th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 3:00pm
    Bostwick Baptist Church
    131 Tillman Street
    BOSTWICK, FL 32007
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    Brother David Eddins
    John M. Williams
  • Interment

    Bostwick Cemetery
    Bostwick Cemetery Road
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D N Williams

Posted at 08:39am
With thoughts of peace and courage for you all. Much love from Deborah, Barbara, Elissa and Ann (Williams).

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Posted at 10:11am
Aunt Sissie will always be in my heart. My love, sympathy and prayers to all of the family.

Angela , Helen, Jackie, Jacqui, Leyte, Michelle

Posted at 08:55am
Maggie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love and we are here for you. Your Georgia Peach Sisters.
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Mike Cooper

Posted at 06:57am
I only knew Ms. Brown at Publix in Palatka. One Thanksgiving Publix had a promotion for Salt and Pepper Shakers, think it was 2004. My Mother who was in her late 80’s at the time had seen it on TV. She wanted a set. Every time I went to Publix to get it they were sold out. Went to the Customer Service Desk and told Ms. Brown my Problem and she told me they were very popular and they would have some in later that week. I told her I was taking care of my Mother and only time I could get back was the next week when I had somebody to watch my Mother.
She said no problem I will hold one out for you, next time you come in come see me. The next week, sure enough, I came in and she had my Salt & Pepper Shakers at the Customer Service Desk.
After that every time I came in and caught her eye, I gave her a “Thumbs Up” and she did the same to me.
Very nice lady, made my Mom smile, my Family still has the Shakers. Never will forget the kindness.
Rest in Peace Ms Brown.

Patti Hickson

Posted at 11:51am
I too was blessed to work with Sissy at Publix...always a lady and a funny one at that! We often said we were going to write a book on her saying. I will never forget the day some guy walked up to the front office to purchase something and as he walked off she looked at me and said...Bless his heart, he was cut out right but sewed up wrong (he was clearly gay) I still laugh at that and I still use that one! She mothered us all at Publix and we all had respect for her. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all. RIP Sissy, you brought a lot of love and laughter too many.
Patti Hickson

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