Katie “Waymon” Brown, age 79, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022, at home surrounded by family. She was born Friday, July 30, 1943, in Knoxville, TN, a daughter to the late Johnny Waymon and Kathleen “Drew” Waymon.
Katie received a phone on Monday, September 11, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. from the heavens letting her know that her aunt, Barbara Porter, her mother, Kathleen Waymon, and grandmother, Katie Drew, was all on the line to let her know that the race is won and for her to pack lightly because everyone there was ready for her to come home and celebrate the race she won. Katie called the family in to say her goodbyes on such short notice, and to let everyone know how much she loved them and told them, “Don’t spend too much time in mourning, tears are for the sad. I’m leaving to be with my God, we have so much to talk about and this should make you glad”. “Get you some rest”, you constantly said. “Let me sleep now. I’ve done my best and finished the race. I am grateful to God for coming to my rescue.”
She married her husband, Clinton Harold Brown, Sr., on March 10, 1958. They were married for over 30 years before his death. Katie was a 1953 graduate of Austin High School, now known as Austin East High School. She was a dedicated homemaker who, after 18 years as a machine operator with Tube Fabrication, went on to work for the Holiday Inn World’s Fair in 1982 for over 15 years. Katie was one of the first employees hired when the Holiday Inn opened, and she rose through the ranks to become a Floor Supervisor, inspecting rooms to ensure they were clean and ready to be occupied.
She moved to Atlanta, GA in the late 90’s to be closer to her youngest son, King, and started working for the Pickett Hotel as an Executive of Housekeeping for more than 14 years where she retired and joined a quilting class that was called the “Quilting Bee” in the same building where she resided at that time. Katie was a hard worker and loved getting up every morning to clean her house. It had to be fresh and clean before she started her day. She then went on to make some of the most beautiful quilts you’d ever seen, all by hand, without the use of a sewing machine. Katie was a fierce independent woman who loved her family and grandchildren dearly. When it came to her kids, she didn’t mess around. Katie enjoyed attending church, listening to gospel music, traveling, sewing, laughing, and simply living life. Katie will be remembered fondly by those who knew her.
She is survived by her three children. Devoted daughter, Pamela “Pam” Geter, of Knoxville; son, Clinton “Bigman” Brown, of Knoxville; devoted and loving son, Willie “King” Williams, of Atlanta, GA, who dearly loved his mother unconditionally; grandchildren, Keon Kincaid, Tasheika Kincaid, Luther (Tynisha) Brown, Khristian Satterwhite, Takyia Jarnigan, Damarcus Brown, Domnick Mitchell, Kaniya Johnson, Kabrianna Kincaid, Qa’ran Kincaid; devoted and loving great-granddaughter, Alexis Matthews; dear friends, Willie Mae White, of Atlanta GA; Alma Watkins, of Atlanta, GA; best friend, Marie Daily, of Knoxville; uncle, Charles “Pete” (Joyce) Drew; 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; cousins, Althea Mitchell, Stephanie (Victor) King, Angie (Shane) Brooks, Linda Waymon, Barnard Waymon and Stevie Mattress; aunt, Reba Drew; and a host of other family and friends to many to name.
You may visit with the Brown family on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 10:30am until the time of Homegoing Services at 11:30am at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel with Pastor Victor King officiating. Burial will follow at Highland South Cemetery in South Knoxville.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.mynattfh.com