Born Eppefania Fana Santana in Kailula Kona, Hawaii on March 24, 1938 she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Rivera Santana. On January 4, 1956 she was united in marriage to Tennessee native Willie Lee Brown in Hilo, Hawaii. The Browns were preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Brown in 2000. She was a 1954 graduate of Kona High School. A homemaker, she and her husband made their home on Bennett Hill Road and Mrs. Brown was of the Protestant faith. Surviving in addition to her husband of 55 years are six children, Willie Brown Jr. and wife Vickie of Hilham, Bruce Brown and wife Teresa of Celina, Jeanie Tucker and husband Robbie of Lebanon, Scott Brown and wife Teresa also of Lebanon, Tammy Phillips and husband Danny of Granville, Amanda Brown of Red Boiling Springs; nine siblings, Elizabeth LeDunn, Olivia Hedler, Judy Santana, Susannah Pacheco Ruth Berinobis, John Santana Jr., Steven, Jeffery and Casey Santana all of Hawaii; nineteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Faye Brown, age 73, wife of Red Boiling Springs Vice-Mayor Willie Brown, died at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday morning June 1, 2011 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning June 6th at 11 a.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Bro. Jimmy Gregory officiated and burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.