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Welcome Florence E. Browne Funeral Home

Let the Florence E. Browne Funeral Home family care for your family during this difficult season of bereavement. In business since 1912, our full service funeral home is well known for it's compassionate, professional & excellent service. Our staff is always available to assist you through the grieving process.

For many years Florence E. Browne has served many communities locally and abroad. Feel free to visit our Funeral Home located in the Village of Harlem, New York. Our Service Family would be more than happy to sit and answer your questions regarding funeral arrangements, cremations & pre-arrangements. In addition, we provide notary services as well as referrals for anyone desiring professional grief counseling.


Since 1912, The Florence E. Browne Funeral Home Family has been honored to serve your family with love, compassion and dignity. We have accomplished the vision of Florence E. Browne to enhance the community and strengthen the family during the most difficult seasons of their lives and we have accomplished it from our location at 436 Lenox Avenue! We have allowed “opulence” to pass us by in order to keep our prices affordable and, as so many of you have commented, maintained a “homey” atmosphere where you felt confident your loved one would receive personal, loving care. Florence E. Browne Funeral home has become the latest casualty of the gentrification that allegedly demonstrates a “new more progressive” Harlem. There are a lot of things I could say, HOWEVER, I will remain in the Spirit that has undergirded this funeral service ministry for 103 years … WE WLL CONTINUE TO PRAISE THE LORD!!!

With both sadness but Joy that the GOD we serve does ALL things well, effective Saturday, November 1, 2015 we will become one Funeral Home with two places that our family may continue to serve your family. Florence E. Browne Funeral Home, Inc will be located at 427 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (sharing space with A. Barrett Funeral Service) at the corner of Ralph and Bergen Streets. This means that we can now better, more efficiently serve those who have called upon us living in the Brooklyn, Queens & Long Island communities. In the Harlem community, we have been welcomed with open arms to share a space with the NEW Springfield Missionary Baptist Church located at 1880 Park Avenue, New York, New York directly on the corner of 128th Street! This location is a matter of minutes away from where you have always depended on us to care for you and your family during those difficult moments. As we did in the past, we will also be able to serve you in the comfort of your home. AND, in addition to these locations,, services are still available in the most sought after and popular houses of worship in the ti-state area! We have not lost our contacts

So again, effective SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2015 our location will change but our telephone number (212/283-5181), our fax (917/677-8224) and our email address ( febrowne@verizon.net) will ALL remain the same! You will have prompt attention from the same loving persons you have come to know and love!

Planning a Funeral


The funeral is an important step toward healing, not only for yourself, but for everyone who is affected by the loss of your loved one. There are a number of things to consider when putting someone’s final arrangements in place.

Which type of service will help you and your loved ones heal?

Having friends and family around you at a difficult time is the first step in the healing process. Whether you prefer a traditional funeral with a viewing or a contemporary service, we want to help you make the right decisions for you and the family and friends of your loved one.

At Times, people choose a fast service with little time for remembering a life lived. Having a funeral service with time to say goodbye and proper measures in place to ensure that your loved one is remembered now and in the future is important, not only for your healing, but for others as well.

Just imagine: Fifteen years from now, your loved one’s grandchildren will be able to get to know their grandfather thanks to our online memorial tribute pages. Click here to learn more.


Working Together

We know funerals and you know your loved one. Let’s work together to create a service that will pay a fitting tribute with the highest of standards. 

We’ll leave the details up to you. You can choose where, when and how to hold the service. You can choose the music you want played, the prayers that will be recited and the special services and personal touches that will help you honor a life well-lived. You make the decisions and leave the rest to us to make it happen.

Rodney Smith






August 5, 1964 ~ May 16, 2014
May 22, 2014 at 7pm

St. John Pentecostal Church

Rodney Smith was the son of Theodore McQueen and Betty Smith of Brooklyn, New York.

Rodney was born on Wednesday, August 5, 1964 and slipped from our presence on May 16, 2014. He was educated in the New York City School System. Rodney was a charismatic and good hearted person. His smile, sense of humor, and love of people was infectious. He loved to make jokes, enjoy a good laugh, and dance. It was hard not to love Rodney. It was easy to love “Russ”, “Smitty”, “M&M” and “Dangerfield” as he was called out of love. His love for his extended family was genuine and in return the DeBerry family loved him dearly.

Growing up in Carnarsie, he became a surrogate big brother to many young people in the neighborhood. His love for the community led him to want to do more for the youth. In and effort to get young people off the streets, he and partner Rodney Askins propelled the Harlem Jets basketball team to success..he later went on the coach teams for NYCHA, Southshore, Rod Strickland, Slam Jam women classics and Wills Tournament to name a few. His proudest moment was when he led the Graham Windham (Harlem Heat) to back to back championships. He was also a flag football coach for James McDouguls Harlem Giants.

Most of all Rodney was a husband, provider, father, grandfather and a great friend to have. He loved his family and wife who he called “Boo” dearly. There was nothing he wouldn't do for her or the family.

Rodney lead a spiritual and courageous fight against cancer. Rodney will be missed by all , to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. Every time you ask him how he is doing, he will say “I’m alright.” And he is alright now.

Rodney leaves to mourn his devoted wife of twenty four years. Linzette (Boobie) DeBerry Smith; three sons: Parish, Rodney Jr., and his baby boy, Zion; mother, Ms. Betty Smith; father, Theodore McQueen; brother, Theodore (Mona) McQueen; sister, Tamecca James; two great aunts: Elizabeth Boyd of Florida and Jeannette Lyons of New York; aunts: Sara Walker of Pennsylvania, Sonya (Paul) Stevens of Virginia, Uncles: Willie Lee Smith of Virginia, Walter (Linda) Smith of Florida and Elliot (Mayuko) Smith of Florida; and Jimmy Smith of Texas, Sisters In Law: Laverne (Carlton) Davis and Nicole Cotton and Brother in law, Otis Cotton; three granddaughters: Brionna, Mya and Brooklyn DeBerry whom he adored, as well as a host of family, relatives, friends and last but not least but not least we cannot forget his beloved dog Nicky who he loved very much.


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 PDr. Patricia A. Morris

Executive Director/Manager

 Tifini Brewster

Licensed Funeral Director



Patricia A. Morris Funeral Chapel, LLC formerly Florence E. Browne Funeral Home family care for your family during this difficult season of bereavement. In business since 1912, our full-service funeral home is well known for its compassionate, professional & excellent service. Our staff is always available to assist you through the grieving process.

Brooklyn Contact Info


Address: 427 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11233

Tel: (212) 283-5181

Fax: (917) 677-8224