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William W. Brown, Jr.

Calvary Cemetery
Section 4, Block 4, Lot 182, Space E CTR
(January 8th, 1907 – March 22nd, 1977)

William J Brown Jr, was born in Norfolk County. In 1926, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and enrolled in Howard University, in Washington D.C. After graduation, he remained in this city and went into business. For 40 years, he owned and operated an Exxon Service Center. Initially, this business was located on Sherman Avenue. In the early 1930’s, Mr. Brown relocated his operation to Georgia Avenue. This business attained a prominent reputation in Washington, D.C. for its outstanding customer service and high volume of customers. Over time, this reputation earned Mr. Brown the nickname of “Cadillac Brown”. He and his wife had one son, William T. “Skipper” Brown.

Capitol Businessman, Norfolkian Mourned
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Apr 2, 1977;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 12

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

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