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Mr. Charles Vanderbilt Brown, III

April 7, 1988 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 35) 35 Years Old

Mr. Charles Brown, III Obituary

Charles Vanderbilt Brown, III was born on April 7, 1988, in Columbia, South Carolina.  He was the only child of Mr. Charles V. Brown, II and the late Wanda Faye Gilyard Brown.  He was affectionately known as “C.J.”  He departed his earthly journey on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2024, to join a host of ancestors who preceded him.

“C.J.” was educated in the public schools of Richland County School District Two, Columbia, SC.  At an early age “C.J.” was baptized at Zion Canaan Baptist Church, Inc., Columbia, SC, by Pastor Emeritus Bobby L. Smith, Sr.  Both of his parents and his grandmother, the late Mrs. Lillie Mae Brown Gilyard, were members of Zion Canaan.  “C.J.” was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Faye Gilyard Brown (2019); his paternal grandparents, Mrs. Eva Ruth Brown Burgess (2015) and Mr. Charles Vanderbilt Brown, Sr. (2005); and his maternal grandparents, Mr. Alonzo Gilyard, Sr. (1991) and Mrs. Lillie Mae Brown Gilyard (2014).

“C.J.” leaves to cherish his memory his life partner, Ms. Maryellen “Meme” Wilson Brown.  His father, Mr. Charles Vanderbilt Brown, II and twelve (12) children: Ziyain Juanita Rena Brown, Sha’kayla Brown (Keck), Sincere Reeves, Xiomar Canterberry, Jerzarria Latayas Ann Wilson-McLean, Zion Xavier Smalls, Melody Walker, Jayce Mykel Brown, Ivyanna Faye-Marie Brown, Serenity Makenna Brown,  Kah’Lani Legacy Brown, and Katlyn Dotch; one (1) brother, Mr. Antwan Lamont Gilyard and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and friends.

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Public Viewing
January 12, 2024

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services At Alpine Road
2624 Alpine Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Celebration of Life
January 13, 2024

12:00 PM
Second Nazareth Baptist Church
2336 Elmwood Ave.
Columbia, SC 29204


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