Reverend Silas's Story
The Life and Legacy of
Reverend Silas Brinson
But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace.
Then it pleased him. (Galatians 1:15 NLT)
Silas Brinson was born on April 28, 1931, in Miller County, Georgia to the late Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Alpina Brinson. His three siblings preceded him in death: oldest brother, Thomas Brinson, sister, Hattie Brinson Harrison and twin brother, Deacon Paul Brinson.
Silas grew up in Brinson, Georgia. His parents raised him in the church, and he received Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age. He began his Christian training at Mt. Moriah #2 in Climax, Georgia. He received his formal academic training in the Public Schools of Decatur County, Georgia. Silas met and married Annie Luevenia Henderson on December 23, 1950. To this union four children were born: Valeria, Sharon, William and Vanessa. Annie Luevenia preceded Silas in death on January 13, 2000. He always commented, I prayed and asked God to send me another good wife. God answered his prayer by sending him the beautiful Levada Williams. Levada and Silas were married on January 8, 2001. Sentiments from Levada, We had a good life and enjoyed life to the fullest. We did what the Lord required throughout these 17 years.
In 1952, Silas relocated to Havana, Florida where he led a full and committed life to God, his family and community. He was a baseball player and often bragged that he should have played in the Major Leagues. He was a hunter and an avid fisherman, and according to WCTV News, he was the best dressed fisherman. Throughout his life, he worked diligently to support his family; he was a farmer, a pulpwood logger, a long-distance truck driver, a school bus driver, a food-service worker and an entrepreneur. He was owner and operator of Brinsons Barber and Beautique. His early years of service to the community included serving as President of the Pine Park Elementary School (Havana Elementary) PTO.
Silas loved singing for the Lord. He founded and organized the Wondering Stars, a Gospel Quartet. He also sang in various Quartets throughout the surrounding areas. He was the first President of the Gadsden and Decatur Counties Choirs Union (which he helped to organize). Under the leadership of Rev. William Maxwell, at New Jerusalem M.B. Church in Havana, Silas served as President of the Senior Choir, President of the Ushers Board and Chairman of the Deacons Board.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh,
when no man can work. John 9:4 (KJV)
In 1961, Reverend Brinson was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He received formal ministry training from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Tallahassee, Florida. Reverend Brinson loved the Lord; he loved pastoring and teaching. During his lifetime, he served as Pastor of the following churches: China Hill M. B. Church in Havana, FL; Pilgrims Rest M.
B. Church in Havana, FL; Rocky Mount M. B. Church in Crawfordville, FL; Sweet Hope M. B. Church in Live Oak, FL; St. Mary M. B. Church in Jennings, FL; Sinners Friend M. B. Church in Hartsfield, GA and Willow Head M. B. Church in Thomasville, GA. Reverend Brinson served as Pastor of Willow Head for thirty-six (36) years until he retired in 2012. As a man of God who believed in progress and constantly endeavored to enhance kingdom-building, Reverend Brinson led Willow Head as they built a brand-new church (from the ground up).
Reverend Brinsons mantra was service. Some of his opportunities to serve included: President of the Sunday School and BTU Congress, Thomasville, GA; President of the Ministers and Deacons Union, Thomasville, GA; Moderator of the Home Mission Baptist Association, Moultrie, GA; Moderator of the Thomasville Missionary Baptist Association and President of the North Bound Union. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #389 FA & M Prince Hall, Calvary, GA. In 2007, Reverend Brinson received the Ambassador of the Gospel Award, presented at the Salute to Outstanding African American Men in Thomasville, GA.
Under the leadership of Reverend Brinson, many souls have been saved, lives have been changed, ministries have been established and re-established, Deacons and Preachers have been licensed and ordained, and through it all God has received the glory! Reverend Brinsons total surrender and commitment to his calling has made a great impact on many lives. He was a passionate Revivalist who preached many Revivals throughout many states. His earnest devotion to God will be forever remembered and reverenced by his children and grandchildren.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who longed for his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8
On January 1, 2018, at 5:30 in the evening, Reverend Silas Brinson departed this earthly life at the age of 86 years. Then it pleased him (Galatians 1:15 NLT).
Reverend Brinson leaves to treasure beloved memories of his life and legacy: His wife: Levada Williams Brinson; Children: Valeria Brinson Gray (John), Sanford, FL; Minister Sharon Brinson Thomas, Quincy, FL; Vanessa Brinson Clemons, Valdosta, GA; Jackie Jackson, Plantation, FL; Janice Herring, Tallahassee, FL; Pastor William C. Brinson (Tamika), Havana, FL; Johnathan Lewis (Janise), Atlanta, GA; CPO James Brinson, Norfolk, VA; Grandchildren: LaRonda Frazier Lee (Willie), Midway, FL; Keatredge Frazier Lightfoot (Quinton), Crawfordville, FL; Marcus Thomas (Carlicia), Greensboro, FL; Reverend Ronnie Thomas, Jr. (Shawn), Atlanta, GA; Kenyon Brinson (Shaunte), Atlanta, GA; Ebony Brinson Ward (Philemon), Orlando, FL; Morgan Clemons, Valdosta, GA; Lorenzo Clemons, Jr. (Elonnie), Valdosta, GA; Jaden Jackson, Plantation, FL; Kierra Lewis, Brandon Lewis, and Joshua Lewis, Atlanta, GA; Jaiana Brinson, Jazmin Brinson and Kendra Brinson, Norfolk, VA; Siblings: Annie B. McGriff, Havana, FL; In-laws: Dea. Timothy Williams (Debbie), Havana, FL; Narcissus Brinson, Brooklyn, New York; Bettye Henderson Moore (Kenneth), Havana, FL; Cleveland Henderson (Carrie), Jacksonville, FL; Hernon Henderson, Manassas, VA; Ernest Henderson (Angela), Tallahassee, FL; Bobby
Henderson, Orlando, FL; 21 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, Godchildren, Cousins, Relatives, Neighbors, and Friends.
Published on January 5, 2018