Charles Brown

Dec 10, 1947 - Jun 5, 2014


Charles Albert Brown completed a wonderful life on Thursday, June 5, 2014, while sleeping at his home in Elk Grove. He was born December 10, 1947 to Frank and Juanita Brown in Sacramento, California. He attended school and graduated college in Sacramento where he resided most of his life. He met the former Rolina Robinson in 1971, who was his sweetheart until becoming his wife on September 3, 1978. The light of his life, Charles Johnathan Brown (Washington, DC), was born to this union in 1982. Charles served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war and began his professional career as a banker. He spent most of his career in corporate sales where he was consistently in the ranks of top salesperson. Charles retired last year from the California State Lottery. He co-owned and operated a successful business in the 1970’s. He passed this passion and entrepreneurial spirit on to his son.

Charles leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Rolina and his admiring son, Charles; five stalwart siblings – sister, Brenda Holly (Michael), and four brothers: Kermit Brown (Carrie), Curtis Brown, Frank Collin Brown (Andrea), from Sacramento, and Ray E. Brown, from Melbourne, Florida. Charles will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Georgia O’Brien (West Bloomfield, Michigan), Christopher Lloyd and Alvion Noel Robinson (Yolanda) both from Sacramento County. Charles leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives including Robin Brown, Rhonda Brown, Regina Banks (Kevin), Michael Holly, II, and Leah Holly, Brandon Brown and Doriane Weave, Juanita Montgomery, Craig and Ray Brown, Ashley Stiles (Andrew), Christopher (Lea), Larry, Jr. (Keyaria), Christian, and Cameron O’Brien (all West Bloomfield, Michigan), and the devoted Alvion N. Robinson, Jr., who helped to care for him during his brief illness. Three God-Children are left with unconditional love, they are: Ruth Weh-Dorliae (Atlanta), Lanaia Lewis (Sacramento), and Pierre Tumlin (San Francisco). Charles was preceded in death by his parents, a baby brother, and mother and -father in-laws, John and Annie Robinson.

Charles was a phenomenally rare individual with a personal passion for improving our world and culture. He was a strong man who fostered personal development and family values. Charles was a God fearing man who spent years studying Bible history. As the youngest son, he felt an obligation to ensure that the Brown family legacy is passed on by his nieces and nephews. Charles loved cooking and worked diligently to hone his culinary skills. He is known for his signature dishes and will be sorely missed at all family gatherings. An avid reader with a broad knowledge of most subjects, he cared deeply about our country and humanity; and was a master of the arts and history. He is known for his quiet guidance and high moral integrity. Charles adored his wife and son deeply and found his greatest joy with them. A rather private man, Charles never met a person that he would not impart words of wisdom and intelligence. He valued good health and could be seen at local healthy food stores, the gym, and walking the lake many times each week. He enjoyed the theatre and regularly frequented Broadway plays in New York and San Francisco. He spent much of his time watching classic movies, listening to big-band/jazz, following the political climate of the world, and following his Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, and St. Louis Rams.

The family would like to recognize and thank Sara Winston, Mercy Hospital for her valuable support and instruction. We would also like to thank the staff at UC Davis Neurology/Cardiology, RX Staffing; and to acknowledge the loving support of Cheryl Dennis, Cathy Cummings, Monica O’Connor, Marilyn Woods, Robbin Coaxum, Gesna Clarke, Evelyn Fraizer, Kay Mitchell, Pamela McLaughlin, Lekeisha Waters, Robert Brown, TaMira Peterson, Vicki and Derrick Rothschild, Angel King, Kianna Washington, Beulah Thompson, LaTa Walker, Laguna Lake neighbors, and Christopher L. Robinson (who did not miss one day of providing love, comfort and support), Laguna Lake neighbors, and our loyal and devoted families.

We will miss seeing our dear Charles and are grateful for his unwavering love, belief that all things are possible, and unfailing support of any road that we wished to travel. We thank him for the memories and shall never forget the morning rituals, the art of analysis, sound advice, summer bar-b-q’s, winter meals, trips to the city, his smile and eyes that will stay with us forever.


  • Mary McIntyre says:

    Sis, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Charles. I always found him to be a very nice person. May God be with you and Charles Jr. during your time of mourning and in the days to come. May Charles Sr. rest in Paradise. Love you Sis and im here 24/7. Im just a call away! MARY MC

  • Alice Roney says:

    Rolina, my heart goes out to you and your family during this time. I am here for you whenever and for whatever you need. Do not hesitate to call on me during this time of your season. With deepest sympathy and love.

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