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Donnita Alexandria Hines Perry Brown was born on August 31, 1974 at 10:44 a.m. in Wurzburg, Germany to PFC Donnie Greg Hines and Gretchen Ione Alexander Hines. She gained her angel wings on April 10, 2018 at her home in Tiplersville, MS.
At an early age, Donnita professed her hope in Christ at Ball Hill M.B. Church, where she participated in Sunday School and was a member of the choir. At the age of 12, she joined Greater Mt. Olive C.O.G.I.C. where her high soprano voice continued to be heard. She also represented her church district, District 10, as Miss YPWW. On February 14, 2018, she rededicated her life to her Lord and Savior and, even through her sickness, was faithful until death.
Donnita began her education at Chalybeate Head Start. She completed her 1st-12th grade education at Walnut Attendance Center, graduating in 1992. After graduating, she enlisted in the Army Reserves. She did basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and her special AIT training in Fort Sam Houston, TX. After returning home, she attended Northeast Community College in Booneville, MS. She also tried her hand at Foster’s Cosmetology in Ripley, MS, doing something she was really good at. Finally, she completed her education at Concord of Memphis, TN., earning her degree as a pharmacy technician.
With this degree, Donnita found something she truly loved to do. Serving her customers was a highlight of her day. Donnita’s coworkers admired her for her ability to know every one of her customers by name, and shared that she had a special relationship with each one and would refer to them on a personal level. She also loved being her families’ medical advisor, telling them what to and not to do. Until her illness, she worked at Walgreens for ten years.
Donnita was a free spirit. She was a person of many words. If she liked you, she liked you. If she didn’t… you knew it. And if “news” was to be known, she was the one to ask, thereby earning her family’s nickname as the “Ball Hill Gazette”.
Donnita was a super mom! She was her children’s biggest fan and supporter. When it came to them, Walnut never lost her as a cheerleader, because she could always be heard cheering them on or seen running up and down the field or court with them.
She leaves to cherish her memories to her parents, Donnie and Gretchen Hines, both of Tiplersville, MS; her husband, Don Brown, Jr. of Bolivar, TN; her children, Niautica Amari, Khristian Alexander, and Evanni Alexandria Perry of Tiplersville, MS; one sister, Elke Kenyatta Lipsey (Reggie) of New Albany, MS; one brother, Re’Zean Y’Gnat Prather of Ripley, MS; two nephews, Tyler De’Dreon and Skylan Hines Lipsey of New Albany, MS; her grandmother, Jurdine Alexander of Ripley, MS; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She also leaves two very special friends in Willie Cliff Perry, Jr. and Evan Dodson.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Jessie and Daisy Hines; her maternal grandfather, Clyde Alexander, and one cousin, Anthony Adams.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 13, 2018 from 12 noon – 8 pm at Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley, MS, with the family present from 5 pm- 8 pm. Service will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2 pm at St. James Church of God in Christ in Ripley, MS. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at White Oak Cemetery in Ripley, MS. Services entrusted to Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley, MS. To view and sign the guest registry, please visit www.fosterandsonfuneralhome.com.