Lottie B. Brownlee, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend of so many, departed this life on June 7, 2020, at the age of 84. Lottie was born on October 5, 1935, in Tyronza, Arkansas to the union of Jake and Clide “Patsy” (Tyler) Thomas.
Lottie accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Cherry Beam Missionary Baptist Church in Tyronza, Arizona. She attended Tyronza Consolidated and later Marked Tree public schools.
Lottie met Jesse Brownlee Sr. in 1952 and married soon after. Two children were born of that union. They lived in Marked Tree, Arkansas for a few years. They moved to South Bend, Indiana in 1964. Lottie later joined the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church under Rev. Larry Davidson.
Lottie was an avid sports fan and could argue the stats of the Notre Dame players as well as any sportscaster. She loved sports and she loved gardening, an activity she shared with her son, Jesse Jr.
Lottie leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Linda K. Brownlee of South Bend, Indiana; stepdaughter, Sharon Brownlee of Atlanta, Georgia; stepson, Archie Brownlee of Bay, Arkansas; grandchildren: Shawntay Seward of St. Petersburg, Florida, Ronisha Seward, Yuneka Brownlee and LaTosha of Indianapolis, Indiana, Chynelle Brownlee and Devon Brownlee of Atlanta, Georgia, Tonya Brownlee, Jesse (Erica) Brownlee III, Roscoe Finch, and Ronnie Seward Jr., all of South Bend, Indiana; 20 greatgrandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; two brothers: John Thomas of Gary, Indiana, and Billy (Beverly) Thomas of Little Rock, Arkansas; along with and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Lottie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Brownlee Sr.; her son, Jesse Brownlee Jr.; stepdaughter, Rita Chynelle Brownlee; two sisters: Clara Hyde and Lessie Morris; five brothers: Don Thomas, Calvin Thomas, James Thomas, Jake Thomas, and Clarence Thomas.
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