Tifton Gazette

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November 10, 2012

Brown family to be honored by PLIGHT

TIFTON — While recognizing that there are many successful parents in a variety of family arrangements and circumstances, PLIGHT, Inc. strives to lift up the model parent family. This year, PLIGHT will honor James and Pearl Brown, Parenting Excellence Award recipients, at the annual scholarship banquet, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center.

The Browns currently reside in Moultrie. It is said that they “came from very humble beginnings…and married young.” Married for 21 years, they reared seven children — Shantrena Walker, Sandra Smith, Bennie Smith III, Benjamin Smith, Vanessa Hadley, Belinda Hill and Moneika Brown. The Browns even took in their niece, Melissa Carter, and reared her as their own from her teenage years into adulthood. They are the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren.

Both James and Pearl “were raised in the church and baptized at an early age.” They are active members of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church (SMBC). As members of SMBC, the Browns are members of several choirs and regularly attend Bible study. Pearl has an affinity for music and leadership. She serves as the director of the inspirational choir and is also a member of the senior and praise choir. Pearl has shown her aptitude for leadership as director of the youth department, as president of the women’s department in the First District Union and as a youth Bible study teacher. James also has musical talent as a vocalist in the male and senior choir at church.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown are described as “strong examples of Christian parents.” It is said that “they encouraged their children to discover their talents, and they’ve excelled in the area of Christian song and music.” Three of their daughters, Vanessa, Belinda and Moneika, are part of a singing group called Heavenly. The group has even recorded an album entitled “If It Had Not Been.”

Pearl says that “going to church is just not good enough.” One of her favorite scriptures is II Timothy 2:16, “study to show thyself approved unto God…”

The Brown’s strong faith in God has helped them to overcome many struggles. Pearl says that she dropped out of school in the ninth grade, but she later returned to school and obtained a GED. She says “just because you drop out of school, doesn’t mean that’s the end of your life.” With this in mind, she continued the momentum and graduated from Moultrie Technical College in 1993 with a degree in accounting. She was an employee of Riverside Manufacturing Company in Moultrie for 17 years and is currently employed at Orgill, Inc. in Tifton.

James is also a 1993 graduate of Moultrie Technical College with a degree in electronic technology. He’s presently pursuing a degree in industrial system technology.

PLIGHT members say Mr. and Mrs. Brown are outstanding parents and are most deserving of the Parenting Excellence Award. Tickets for the annual scholarship banquet are $20. To purchase tickets for this event, contact any PLIGHT member or go by PLIGHT, Inc. headquarters at the Neighborhood Community Center office, located at 2737 S. Central Ave.

The contact number for the PLIGHT, Inc. office is 386-4360.

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