JOY & ERNEST BROWNE Jr

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Ernest and Joyce met in church. General Motors had just transferred Joyce to Lansing, Michigan where a co-worker invited her to Sunday church service. She saw Ernest Walking up to the altar and spoke these words to herself. "I am going to marry that man."

After service there was a reception. I never thought I would see this man again, but he and I met at the cake table. I introduced myself and mentioned I was new to Lansing and was just transferred from Atlanta. I noticed he kept dropping things, so he offered to take me to lunch, I said, why don't you come have dinner with me. We exchanged numbers, I told him where I lived and he called and came to dinner.

We talked for hours, and this was in April 1993. We talked everyday for hours and in July he and I traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica and he proposed. We were married in November.

A World War II pilot, Ernest trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was an honored statesman, a civic leader who  served on Detroit’s City Council from 1970 to 1977. He later ran for Mayor of Detroit in an attempt to unseat Coleman Young. This was featured in in Time Magazine. Ernest was defeated but He became Vice President of Michigan National Banks.  Ernest, served as President of the Michigan Municipal League, Regional Director of the National Black Caucus, and the Greater Lansing Urban League. He was President of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce,  chaired the Whitney M. Young Service Awards and was Trustee of Starr Commonwealth for Boys. He served on the Board of Directors at Sparrow Hospital and Mason General Hospital.  His enjoyed being Scout Master of two troops, earning the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Awards. Ernest founded the Black Historic Sites Committee of Michigan,  and along with five other distinguished veterans, founded the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum to honor the contributions of Blacks in World War II. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi, a 33 Degree Mason-United Supreme Council, Man of the Year, Statesman of the Year, Tuskegee Airman, AME, and the love of my life.


Ernest and Joyce shared years of Joy, with their yorkshire terrier, Wellington Baxter Browne.

Joyce and Ernest traveled extensively, Having traveled to six continents, and throughout the Carribean with St. Maarteen and Barbados being favorite romantic get-aways.  Hawaii was an annual business trip for Ernest, and of course His wife accompanied him.

Be blessed my love, until we meet again.....

Rest in Peace......