Patricia "Pat" Brown
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Patricia "Pat" Brown
Patricia "Pat" Ann Rush Brown, one of nine children, was born Sept. 14, 1949, to the late Jessie Rush of DeKalb, Miss. and Gertruline Davidson Rush of Millers Ferry, Ala. She was born in what is still the family home at 623 21st Street, Meridian, Miss. She attended public school in Meridian where she graduated T.J. Harris High in 1967 and T. J. Harris Junior College. She was majorette in the then renowned T.J. Harris Tiger Band. While at T.J. Harris Jr. College, she joined a group called the Dynamics which later became The Commodores. After graduation she enrolled in Mississippi Valley State University and received a B.S. in Physical Education. After finishing MVSU, Pat taught in the Meridian Public Schools where she met her husband, Mr. Josh Brown Jr. Pat and Josh married March, 16, 1973, and moved to Jackson, Miss. She started her recording career after moving to Jackson.
Pat was a life-long member of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church where she started serving and singing at a young age in the Junior Choir. She went on to become known as Macedonia's Song Bird as she was the dynamic lead singer of the choir. She served Macedonia in many ways, though her professional career kept her traveling throughout the U.S. and the world. Every Sunday that she was not on tour, she traveled back to Meridian to be in and serve Macedonia. She was the featured artist for the Annual Scholarship Ball held in February of each year. Her friends in the Blues Entertainment industry accompanied her. This ball is Macedonia's main fundraiser that assists young students afford to complete their college education. Pat was always eager to travel back to Meridian to serve her church in whatever way she could.
As a child, her idols and babysitters were Al Wilson (Show & Tell), David and Jimmy Ruffin who pushed and inspired her to sing and work hard. Pat had a great voice and proved she could sing not only Gospel but Blues, Memphis Soul, dance music, pop standards, R&B and smooth contemporary soul. Pat's first Ace album contains the classic "Equal Opportunity," a duet with Willie Clayton. The song struck a chord with the ladies. The song was co-written by master songwriter Bob Jones.
Pat was a founding member of the Central Mississippi Blues Society and hostess of Blue Monday held in Jackson. During her career, Pat has earned many awards including the 2017 Jackson Indie ICON Award and the 2019 Jackson Music Awards. She is featured on the Mississippi Blues Trail with a marker in downtown Meridian. She recorded seven albums, four of which were on her own label, Tapna.
Pat Brown gracefully transitioned from her earthly stage into eternal rest with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Jackson, Miss., surrounded by her husband Josh and other loving and devoted family members.
Her parting is bittersweet for her family and friends who know she's resting in the bosom of Jesus. She is missed dearly by her loving mother, Mrs. Gertruline Rush and siblings; Mary Rush Jones (Billy Joe), Alinda Rush Brown, Ricky Rush and "adopted" sister, Barbar White of Meridian, Gloria Rush McDonald (Mark) of Jackson, Miss,, and O.C. Rush of Southfield, Mich: her aunts, Corine Davidson Holliday (Kelly) of Meridian and Anna Jones of Akron, Ohio; a long list of nieces and nephews including Lawrence Jr., Fred, Chris and Jeff Rush, Jennifer Miles, Jesse and Andrew McDonald, Ronald Wayne Brown II and an "adopted" daughter, LaKenya Danyel Van Norman.
Pat Brown has touched the lives of so many people all over the world and her passing will leave a void in so many lives. She will be forever remembered through her songs and the love she shared with the world.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you support Mrs. Pat Brown's passion to help educate young students. Please make all donations to Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.
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