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Mrs. Sylvia Ann Powis Brown
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mrs. Sylvia Ann Powis Brown
Mrs. Sylvia Ann Powis Brown of Statesboro passed away on the morning of Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Ogeechee Area Hospice, surrounded by her loving family.
    Mrs. Brown was born on July 28, 1934, in Halkyn, Flintshire, North Wales, Great Britain. She was the youngest of four children born to the late George Blackburn and Sarah Beatrice Howells Powis.
    Mrs. Brown immigrated to the U.S. as a young adult and became a naturalized American citizen in 1966. In 1968, she married Walter Olin Brown and moved to his hometown of Statesboro after his retirement from the United States Air Force.
    Mrs. Brown spent over 40 years in the hospitality industry in the area. Her career started at Holiday Inn Savannah-South, located at I-95 and Highway 204, the “Gateway to Savannah.” Mrs. Brown ran the 187-room motel, its full-service restaurant and the popular area nightclub, 204 Lounge, for eight years during the early 1980s.
    In 1986, Mrs. Brown transferred to the Holiday Inn Statesboro, then located at 230 South Main Street, where she was general manager for eight years. In 1994, Mrs. Brown moved on to manage the Hampton Inn of Statesboro. In 1997, Statesboro’s First United Methodist Church purchased the Trellis Garden Inn, where Mrs. Brown served as the only general manager until she retired when the church closed the motel in 2010.
    A proponent of tourism and hospitality for the community and a true Statesboro ambassador, Mrs. Brown served as a founding board member of the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she recently worked part-time as a liaison with area hoteliers up until last month, when she resigned due to illness.
    Mrs. Brown was 1999 Kiwanian of the Year and a George F. Hixson Fellow of the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro, which recently honored her long-time service as the children’s petting zoo coordinator, with a tribute luncheon and “Sylvia Brown Day” at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair.
    Mrs. Brown was also honored in 1998 with the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, the Customer Service Excellence Award from the Georgia Department of Industry Trade & Tourism and was the 1994 Hospitality Leader of the Year for Statesboro.
    She lived by the motto, “Be kind to everyone, every day.”
    She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Audrey Blackburn Powis Speed (Ken), Ronald Powis (Edith) and Beryl Decima Powis Thomas (Walter); and her son, Gary Wayne Collier.
    Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Walter Olin Brown, Statesboro; three children: son, Richard Collier (Nicki), Cheyenne, Wyoming; daughters, Gail Collier DuRant (Joe), Newport News, Virginia; and Donna Collier Creasy (Kevin), Nevils, Georgia; grandchildren, Jennifer Williams Artz and Justin Michael Creasy, Sarah Kate DuRant Tootle and James Addison DuRant, Christina Collier Gall and Rebekah Collier Mauldin; great-grandchildren, Jade Madison Artz, Winslow Gall and Magnolia Mauldin. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews in Great Britain, plus a host of loving friends and co-workers in hospitality.
    A memorial service for Mrs. Brown will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. James A. Cason Jr.
    Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m.
    A private interment will be held at a later date.
    The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the Humane Society of Bulloch County, P O. Box 581, Statesboro, GA 30459, www.statesborohumane.org; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678, www.stjude.org.
    Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, November 3, 2018
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