Celebrating the life of Joanne Bennett Brown
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A Memorial Service for Joanne will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Olar, South Carolina. 35 Hull Street, Olar, South Carolina 29843. Visitation with the family to start at 1:00 pm with the Memorial Service starting at 2:30 pm.
Joanne was born January 6, 1934 in Olar, South Carolina to the late Willie Cave Bennett and William Theodore Bennett. She was the oldest of three children, and is survived by her sister Gwendolyn Brabham of Olar, South Carolina and her brother Theodore Bennett of Evansville, Indiana. Joanne graduated from Olar High School in1952 and received a BS Degree, Business Education from Stetson University in 1965 and a Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina in 1987.
Joanne married the late Joe Augustus Brown on December 19, 1954. Joe and Joanne enjoyed 53 years of marriage together in which they raised four children; moved over 23 times, living in eight states and Germany; and always rooted for the Clemson Tigers no matter where they were.
Joanne had a fulfilling work career that spanned forty years. She paired her love of children and dedication to learning into a career that began as a 7th grade school teacher at Olar Elementary School and ended with 18 years as a Guidance Counselor at Barnwell County Vocational Center. She also had a lifelong commitment to volunteering with the American Cancer Society, Lioness Club, multiple PTA’s, the American Red Cross, and Girl Scouts.
Joanne professed her life to Christ at an early age. While she was active in the local churches where she lived, her home church always remained the First Baptist Church in Olar, South Carolina. Joanne loved to read her bible, praying for and with others, spending time with family, laughing and always wearing a smile on her face. She was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, mother, and friend, always thinking of others first. For many years she kept a calendar of everyone’s birthday and sent cards to remember and celebrate.
Joanne leaves to cherish her loving memory her children, Joseph Michael Brown, David Bennett Brown, Rachel Brown Gonter, and Julie Brown Griffin; 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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