Sarah V Brown

Born: Sat., Sep. 5, 1942
Died: Mon., Jul. 31, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 03, 2017
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Aug. 04, 2017
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Service

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Reverend Sarah V. Brown, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at Waldron Health and Rehab Center.

Born September 5, 1942 in Athens, Alabama, she was the daughter of Thomas and Bernice (Steelman) Wood.

Sarah is survived by her daughter Belinda (husband, Oscar C) Thompson, Jr. of Prairie Creek, IN, grandchildren, Sarah “Beth” Wertz and Savannah Lux, both of Shelbyville, IN; great-granddaughter, Winnie Simpson; step-grandson, Michael Thompson; step-granddaughter, Stacy Thompson, and several step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, longtime companions, Jerry Brown and Larry Dennis, her sister, Bonnie Bell and grandson-in-law, Nick Wertz.

Sarah was co-owner of Cagney's Pizza King and 44 E. Rentals, both in Shelbyville, IN, and Pizza King Station in Franklin, IN.

Sarah was an ordained minister, clairvoyant, and healer with the Indiana Association of Spiritualists at Camp Chesterfield, located in Chesterfield, IN. She was a longtime friend of Bill W. She was a gifted musician and also enjoyed the company of her beloved pets, reading, socializing, and cooking.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Lynda Richey officiating.

Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions honoring Sarah may be made to Dry Dock Club, Inc. 62 Third Street, Suite A, Shelbyville, IN. 46176, or Shelby County Humane Society, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for Mrs. Brown.

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Rev. Hoyt Z. Robinette
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
Since 1984 I have considered Sarah to be a dear friend and I will miss her humor and, at the same time, her devotion to helping those who are less fortunate so that they might become knowledgeable and blessed. My condolences to the family.

REV. Prof. Todd Jay Leonard
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that I write this condolence message. REV. Sarah had a profound impact on my adult life as a teacher, mentor, minister, neighbor and most importantly, dear and cherished friend. I extend my heartfelt sympathy and sincerest condolences to her family. Belinda, Beth, and Savanah, thank you for sharing your dear mother/granny with all of us who loved and adored her. I will always remember her wonderful wit and sense of humor. She was one of a kind and will be missed terribly by many for a long time to come.

Ken Hall
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
I have such fond memories of Sara. She was a guide for me in my youth, never critical, there to listen not judge. Her light in the world will be missed.

Wendy Sangl
   Posted Fri August 04, 2017
To Sarah's family, Belinda, Beth and Savannah, and to Scott Ferguson and his family I want to extend my condolences. I know you will miss her sweet, kind ways and her every ready smile. She was tough and sweet all wrapped up in one pretty, southern lady, package. I loved waiting on her at the bank, Irwin Union, for so many years. I knew that sweet, southern voice the minute I picked up the phone. She would call and say, "Wendy, I have been shopping again. Can you please straighten me out." She loved to shop! She taught me the sale days at Von Maur! She always made me smile! We had a lot in common and always had a lot to talk about. I will miss her. This city will miss her. Remembering all of you in my thoughts and prayers today! Wendy

   Posted Fri August 04, 2017
To the Parks Family and to Sarah's Family. Sarah's ceremony/celebration was a truly beautiful, classy service, just as she was. I loved her choice of songs, beautiful songs. Only Sarah would have chosen all of those vastly different songs. They were all so "Sarah". My hat is off to all of you for a job well done! Wendy

Vicky Gossett
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
I am very sorry to hear about Sarah's passing.. she was such a beautiful soul. I was blessed to call Sarah my friend. She was a earth angel to many.. Keeping her family and friends in my prayers... Vicky (Stephens) Gossett

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