04 Jan Lizzie McEachern Brown
October 11, 1891
Lizzie McEachern Brown
In 2002 Lizzie Brown was recognized as Georgia’s oldest resident. She was born on October 11, 1891. When she died in 2003 at age 111, she was the oldest resident in Georgia and the 3rd oldest in the United States. Many historians sat at her side to interview her or to hear stories, as she had a father who fought in the Civil War, and she herself had witnessed many historical events; the sinking of the Titanic, US entering WWI, bombing of Pearl Harbor, man walking on the moon, and the Berlin Wall going up then coming down to name a few.
Lizzie McEachern grew up as a farmer in Northern Fayette County. She became a teacher. She taught at Ebenezer School. There she met her husband Marcus Brown Jr. They married on New Year’s Day in 1913. They moved into their Fayetteville home in 1941. After moving she continued to be active in the historic Ebenezer Church but also attended Fayetteville United Methodist Church. She retired from teaching after 30 years.
As a centenarian, she spent much of her time relaxing, reading, and watching “Wheel of Fortune” or “Jeopardy”. She also enjoyed tending flowers in her yard, and quilting and crocheting. She attributed her longevity to hard work, clean living and faithfulness to her church.
Sources: Confederate Veteran Volume Five 2001; article by Penny Hagner Vogler and John W. Lynch, Guest Author. Georgia Magazine, January 2001; article by Collin Mitchell Kelley. Atlanta Journal: Bill Banks
By Angela Pendleton