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Mary "Tootsie" Boddie Brown

January 20, 1930 December 1, 2018
Mary "Tootsie" Boddie Brown
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Obituary for Mary "Tootsie" Boddie Brown

After 88 blessed years of this life, on December 1, 2018, the door of our loved one’s eternal life was opened.

Mary Esther Boddie-Brown was born January 20, 1930. Growing up with love in a household with her mother, Columbia King, aunt, Miley Boddie and grandmother, affectionally called aunt East, she was given the nick name “Tootsie.”

Mary was a native of Knightdale, NC where she joined the Malaby’s Crossroads Baptist Church at an early age.

Mary was a graduate of the class of 1949 from James E. Shephard High School in Zebulon, NC. She furthered her education at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC and later relocated to New York and attended the University of the New York. Afterwards, she became employed with Joint Diseases/North General Hospital. She retired after over 30 years of service.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Albert L. Brown, of Carver Rehabilitation and Living Center in Durham; one daughter, Dawn Michele Utley (Rev. James Utley) of Raleigh; two grandsons, J. Stacy Utley (Crystal) and J. Shawn Utley both of Raleigh; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Johnny C. Perry (Telza) and Maxcine Bethea (Preston) both of Raleigh; four special cousins, Lorenzo Van Bobby Rogers (Ted) of Raleigh, Susan Wallace (John), Audrey Kithcart of Kington, NY and Sharon Williams of Brooklyn, NY; one special niece, Vickie Perry Edwards of Greensboro; many friends and neighbors, Debbie Robinson-McRae, Carolyn Blum, Gloria Watt, Evelyn Williams of Co-op City, Bronx, NY, Susie and Joe Buster and other relatives and friends.

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2:00 PM 12/7/2018 2:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/7/2018 7:00:00 PM
Carlton L. Gray Funeral & Cremation Service

2810 Kidd Road
Raleigh, NC 27610

The Utley Family will be present from 5PM to 7PM on Friday, December 7th at the funeral chapel. There will also be a visitation held on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 11 AM at the church prior to the service.

Carlton L. Gray Funeral & Cremation Service
2810 Kidd Road Raleigh 27610 NC
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 12/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
Malaby's Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church

911 Old Knight Rd
Knightdale, NC 27545

Malaby's Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church
911 Old Knight Rd Knightdale 27545 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Carolina Biblical Gardens Final Resting Place

1530 Creech Road
Garner, NC 27529

1530 Creech Road Garner 27529 NC
United States

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