Senior Master Sergeant Sally L. Brown
Sunrise October 31, 1945 – Sunset January 16, 2014
Sally L. Brown resided in Columbus, Ohio for the past 30-plus years and was a faithful member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Dr. Keith A. Troy. Sally was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Douglas and Sally Branham of Wheeling, West Virginia, and her former husband, Ralph Brown of Anderson South Carolina. Left to cherish her memory are: sister, Joan D. Branham of Harlem, New York; brother, Douglas Larry Branham (Beverly) of Weirton, West Virginia; devoted friend, Charles ‘Chip’ Carolina of Columbus, Ohio; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Sally was born, raised and educated in Wheeling, West Virginia and among a long list of achievements, Sally and her sister, Joan, were the first Black Cheerleaders at Clay Jr. High School in Wheeling. Sally went on to become the first Black Drum Majorette at Wheeling High School. She traveled to New York City to perform in the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, and moved there shortly afterward to work in the finance department at Macy’s Department Store, and later Morgan Guarantee Trust, prior to relocating to Columbus.
Sally worked at the State Department of Development and owned and operated her own fitness and exercise business, “Sally Brown’s Body Repair”. During this same period of her life, Ms. Brown enlisted in the United States Air Force as a reservist and later became an active duty Airman. Following 25 years of distinguished service she retired with honors, as a Senior Master Sergeant. However, she was not all work and no play, she A-K-A ‘Brown Sugar’ found great delight in riding her motorcycle as a proud member of the Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club, New Jersey chapter.
Sally’s personal and professional achievements have touched the lives of many, both young and old, and will leave an indelible mark that can be referenced as they press forward in their own journey toward grace.
Many of us knew Sally. She worked in Special Handling and Pax. We will miss her friendly face and warm smile.