• Memorial Service
  • Location Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church
  • Date Fri, April 12, 2019
  • Time11 : 00 AM

Obituary message

Gwendolyn “Elaine” Emeline Brown Manley, 68, of Charles City passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Elaine was the last born of six children on November 6, 1950 to the late Leo A. Brown and Irene Anderson Brown.  She grew up in Seven Pines, Sandston, Virginia and developed into a sister, aunt, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother.

In Elaine’s early years she attended Eastern Henrico County Schools, Fair Oaks Elementary and Virginia Randolph High School. She was a member of the band, where she played the flute and the clarinet. Following her graduation from Virginia Randolph, Class of 1969, Elaine went on to attend, Pan American Business School, in Richmond, Virginia. She was employed for several years as an Assistant Manager and Manager for Southland Corporation.  In 1980, she went to work for Dupont Fibers where she retired on disability. Elaine accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age, joining Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church.  In 1970 she married the father of her children, David N. Manley and from this union came two children, Keisha and Kenneth. Elaine was magnetic. She was fun to be around and cherished the beauty of life.  Some of the names she answered to were, “Momma”, “Big Momma”, “Elaine”, “Gwen”, and “Aunt Elaine”. She had a great love for her pit bulls, House, Basheba and Connie.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Irene Brown; sisters Estelle “Red” C. Nash, Irene “Cookie” C. Beale; and brother, William “Billy” A. Brown. She leaves to cherish her memories, daughter Keisha N. Manley and husband Mitchell Hanley; son Kenneth “Chaney” S. Manley; grandsons, Nicholas “Nick” Hanley and Anderson “Andy” Hanley; brothers Leo E. Brown, Jr., Herman W. Brown, Sr. and wife Barbara; sister-in law Keita G. Brown; several nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews; devoted friends, David Manley, William Barnes, Marvin Dailey, and a host of family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 12 at Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 3857 Rising Mt. Zion Rd., Sandston, VA 23150.