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"By and by; when the morning comes, when all the saints of God are gathered home! We'll tell the story of how we've overcome, and we'll understand it better by and by."
Mrs. Margaret Shark Brown was affectionately called “Dianne” by all. The essence of her life spoke of love and life. She was born on February 27, 1952 in Walterboro, South Carolina from the union of the late Mrs. Margaret Winn Shark & Mr. Willie Shark. She received her formal education in the public schools of Colleton County, graduating from Colleton High School in 1969. As she stepped into adulthood, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she briefly remained before returning home to find love at an early age. On June 5, 1971, she united in holy matrimony to the late Mr. Hosea “Sonny” Brown, Jr. Before he passed in 2014, they shared 43 years of love and life.
Shortly after their marriage, Margaret and Hosea moved to Brooklyn, New York to begin a life of their own. Providing for her family was important to her, and she worked in various positions to do this. She remained actively employed in the Human Resource department of the former Folksamerica Reinsurance Company (SiriusPoint Limited). After 22 years with the company, Dianne retired in January 2019. While there, she blessed many people because she served God in many ways in different places.
As a youth she accepted the Lord Jesus and Savior at the Holy Trinity Baptist Church under the late Rev. O.B.J. Burson. In 1987 at Pilgrim Assemblies International under the leadership of the late Bishop Roy E. Brown, she re-dedicated her life to her Lord and Savior because of a full understanding of the gospel. She was baptized again to reflect being raised from death to walk in the newness of life. She walked out her faith as a member of Pilgrim until she returned home. In Walterboro, she became a member of Ellis Temple Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the pastorate of District Elder Clifford J. Smith, Sr. Her love for God set her apart from the world, revealing her identity in Christ.
She was a “giver” and had a heart for the elderly. She cared for them with love and wisdom that extended to all. Her wisdom came in a straightforward manner that might involve letting people know, “You know I don’t like no foolishness.” Her children, grandson, loved ones, close friends, and others knew this as well as her laughter and enjoyment of life. She loved church, fellowship, chatting on the phone, and going out for seafood with family and friends. She lived well.
On Thursday: January 11, 2024, Dianne, a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, departed this life. Continue on, knowing that she is with the Lord. Cherish the portraits of her life in your hearts.
Her memories will forever be cherished by her beloved son Derrick L. Brown (of Walterboro, SC); loving daughter (whom she called “Meegs") Shameka Brown (of the home); and grandson Joshua King (of the home); her father, Mr. Willie Shark of Walterboro, SC: two sisters, Adrian Shark and Karen (James) Brooks, both of Walterboro, SC: three brothers, William (Sharon) Shark of Brooklyn, NY, John (Veronica) Shark and Michael (Cassandra) Shark, both of Walterboro, SC: sisters-in-law, Anita Ford of Yemassee, SC; Gwendolyn (David) Wilson of Hardeeville, SC, and Vivian (Kenneth) Pendergrass of Ladson, SC: brothers-in-law, Robert (Gail) Brown and Leroy (Cheryl) Brown, both of Walterboro, SC: along with a host of numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Margaret W. Shark and husband, Hosea “Sonny” Brown, Jr.