Fraternity Celebrates Life of 103-Year-Old Member

Saturday, at the Tar River Manor nursing home in Greenville, the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity celebrated the contributions of 103-year-old Julius "J.J." Brown.

Brown joined the fraternity all the way back in 1937 when he attended North Carolina A&T. Brown went on to be one of the founding members of the Rocky Mount alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in 1949, and later helped found the Greenville Alumni Chapter.

His daughter was on hand and shared her appreciation for how the fraternity influenced her family's life, "We're very excited about this day...Because, I guess we've grown up knowing Kappa Alpha Psi. We were raised when they were going to balls. Hes just been involved with it all of our lives. So we've learned the creed, and know the colors, we know how it is to be Kappa Alpha Psi."

Brown also served as a commissioner for the town of Ayden from 1968 to 1995.

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  • by Andrew Headd Location: Clayton, NC on Jun 18, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    Brother Brown, I would like to thank God for blessing Alpha Nu with brothers such as yourself; who have paved the way for others. God Bless! A.Nu Spr 05
  • by Edward Carter Location: Greensboro, NC on May 20, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    Brother Brown Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend your celebration however you were in my heart and soul. As an Aggie and a Alpha Nu Brother I salute you for your many years in the Bond and may you continue your service as a bona fide Kappa Man. Yours in the Bond, Ed Carter, Alpha Nu "49"
  • by Thomas Parrish Location: Rocky Mount on May 18, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    It was surely an honor to celebrate such a legendary figure. Special thanks to WITN for the excellent coverage they provided for the celebration.
  • by SHELDON MCALPIN Location: Charlotte NC on May 17, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    First and foremost I would like to thank God for allowing Brother Brown to be with us. I would say thank you to his family giving us the opportunity to spend with him. I am so proud of my brothers for showing up in big numbers on saturday. Thank you to the Greenville, Rocky Mount and Eta Psi chapter for putting a well plan program together, and to all of the brothers that took time out of your busy schedule to attend a historical event. A quote from our Executive Director, Its A Great Time To Be A Kappa.
  • by BRAD ARMSTRONG Location: ROCKYMOUNT,NC on May 17, 2010 at 03:38 PM
  • by Rodney Robinson Location: Charlotte NC on May 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    It is with great pleasure and humility that I offer my heartfelt congratulations on reaching this milestone in your life. As a ten year member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. I can only hope and pray to almighty God that I can achieve the influence that you Bro.Brown, has had on your family, fraternity and community. You sir, are truly a treasure that can never be replaced. May God forever bless you and your family.
  • by Torase Barnes Location: Wilson on May 17, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    To God be all the glory for allowing our dear brother to celebrate 103 years and being one of the founding charter memebers of the Rocky Mount Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi... I'm honored to be a part of what he help created!
  • by Douglas Location: Charlotte on May 17, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    I would like to congratulate my brother for a long and prosperous life. My God continue to be with him. EX 1981
  • by Jeff Lucas Location: Greensboro NC on May 16, 2010 at 07:14 PM
    It was good to see all of the brothers of our Great Fraternity come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Brother Brown. I would like to thank the Greenville Alumni Chapter and Eta Psi for hosting this great presentation. I would like to also thank WITN 7 for covering this event and making it a success.
  • by Data Man on May 16, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    I am not a Kappa but I will do this anyway! NOOP! NOOP!. This week to help these guys celebrate; I will be wearing a Kappa Shirt and hat and throwing it up!
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