Diane Brown

Diane Brown

Wednesday July 23rd, 1941 - Friday December 25th, 2020
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Diane Yvonne Hart Brown, 79, transitioned to be with the Lord on Friday, December 25, 2020. She was born in Chattanooga, TN July 23, 1941. She was a member of Faith United Baptist Church. Diane graduated from Howard High School class of 1959. She was a devoted Howard Booster member. She played basketball for Howard.
She was preceded in death by her parents Will & Edwina Hart; sister, Beverly Jones; son, Wenzell Brown.
Diane is survived by her son, Fritz (Yolanda) Brown, Marcus (Shawan) Brown, and Ryan (Yolanda) Brown; brother, Larry Hart; sisters, Fredia (James) Murphy, Miya Hart; grandchildren, Aikera Pipkins, Fritz Brown II, Atorsha Brown, Wenzell Brown, Jr., Zoe Rivers, Marci Brown, Deven Brown, Ryan Brown, Jr., of Atlanta, GA; Melaine Hemphill, Reginald Hemphill; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; a special friend for many years Weldon Brown and Tequila Bonner.
Public viewing will begin at 12:00 noon Saturday, January 9, 2021, followed by a 1:00 pm funeral service, at Faith United Baptist Church, 1800 Mulberry Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404. Interment: Forest Hills Cemetery
Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995
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  • Visitation

    Saturday January 9th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday January 9th, 2021 12:00pm
    Faith United Baptist Church
    Address Not Available
  • Funeral Service

    Saturday January 9th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday January 9th, 2021 1:00pm
    Faith United Baptist Church
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Dominique Blackburn

Posted at 09:07pm
There are few people who can walk through life quietly and leave a resounding impression on the lives of others. My sweet, stoic, beautiful cousin, Diane Brown, was one of those people. As quietly as she went through life, she quietly, and preciously, went into the presence of the Lord on Christmas Day.
Andy, Marc, and Ryan, my deepest sympathies are with you. My prayers and condolences are with you, Frieda, Larry, and all the family. What you have lost in the month of December has to weigh heavy on your hearts and minds. To have laid your brother, Snail, to rest and now your biggest supporter, no-nonsense, loving, and sweet, Mama, Diane to rest has to further hurt immeasurably.
I was always happy to talk to and see her. Every time I was with Diane, she’d ask me what I would cook that day. She’d ask about the family. She’d always call each member by name and wait for the play by play. She didn’t want gossip, but glimpses of love. Her love of sports and game shows gave her the patience for the details, I guess. She’d respond with “humph” a shoulder shrug, mouth primp, or a little short, grunt, laugh. She always made me feel like I was home when I was with her.
She was a good Mama, a wonderful sister, and the best cousin. She served as a matriarch in our Bester/Sneed Family. Diane was our historian, our truth teller, our family reporter.
Her questions and glimpses in my life was her way of supporting us. Her wisdom lied in watching and listening. She asked small questions that left us with something to think about. Something to plan on doing-even of it was just what I was going to cook that day.
Diane lived with simplicity, grace, and dignity. She was a strong branch on our family tree. She exuded the quiet pride and no nonsense demeanor of our people. I never knew her to want a lot or expect a lot. She wanted the best for all around her, especially, you- her sons. Seeing you at your best was her best.
I will forever miss sitting with her and rubbing her baby soft hair every time I got to sit with her and talk to her. I will forever miss her stoic stare off, like a daydream of what was to come. I will forever miss knowing that I, and my family, was loved by and always at home with my cousin Diane Yvonne Hart Brown. Rest in the Lord, sweet Diane. You are loved and missed. Love, Nikki-Pooh, Nod, and the Kids ❤️🙏🏾

Victor Bryant

Posted at 03:02pm
Ms. Diane was a true Howard School Supporter along with her other family members. She helped run the concession stand during football season for years. Her support was strong no matter if we had a winning team or not. She was true. My prayers are with the family........

Gracelia Moore

Posted at 06:31pm
Condolences to the Brown family. I know the loss of a mother is the hardest thing to bare. Stay strong Mark because I know how much you loved your mother. God bless all the family.

Sandra Smith

Posted at 12:43pm
Ms. Diann was truly a supporter of the Howard School and will be miss her support was a pot of Gold to all the Howard Tigers

Aundra Clay Posted at 09:39pm

To the Brown Family my condolences Miss Diane Brown was my neighbor in her last days I've never had such a sweet neighbor an also her family were very supportive of her needs Mark was always there no matter who else came to stay he stuck by Miss Brown until God Favored Her.Rip Beautiful until we meet again

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