Rev. Leander Brown, 81

Baptist pastor

October 29, 2006

The Rev. Leander G. Brown Sr., who served as a Baptist pastor in Southwest Baltimore for more than 35 years, died of a heart attack at his Woodlawn home on Oct. 20. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Brown was born and raised in Baltimore and attended Douglass High School before being drafted into the Navy. He served on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier before being honorably discharged in 1946, daughter-in-law Wanda Brown said.

After completing military service, he went to work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

In 1960, he joined the ministry and received a degree from a local school of religion, his daughter-in-law said. He served as the pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Southwest Baltimore and remained pastor when the church changed its name to New Carmel Star Baptist Church, she said.

In 2000, the 1800 block of W. Baltimore St. was renamed in his honor, Mrs. Brown said. He retired from the ministry two years later.

A funeral was held yesterday at Macedonia Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

In addition to his daughter-in-law, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Phyllis Geraldine Tolliver; a sister, Martha Holland of West Baltimore; a son, Eric Wilson of Woodlawn, whom the Browns adopted in 1977; one grandson; and two great-grandsons. Another son, Leander G. Brown Jr., died in 1992.

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