Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The May 13 Goose Creek City Council meeting was the first time since 1975 that Marguerite Brown was not a city councilmember.
She retired in April after serving for most of the city’s existence. The city was formed in 1961.
Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler told The Gazette the first time Brown approached him to join council was in 1976. He recalls her telling him she was worried sick about the city, which was in need of good leadership.
Heitzler said at first he didn’t want to run but with Brown’s encouragement he did.
Brown was elected to council to fill a vacant seat a few months before Heitzler was elected, the mayor said.
During one election they ran on the same city council ticket with multiple candidates. They were the only two on their ticket to be elected to council, said Heitzler, who has been mayor since 1978.
The Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center, which houses city hall, the police department and municipal court, is named after her.
The citizens and leaders of Goose Creek are not the only ones familiar with Brown’s public service.
The South Carolina General Assembly passed a resolution this year honoring Brown’s retirement and her 39 years of service to the City of Goose Creek.
The resolution thanks her “for her many years of outstanding public service to the people of South Carolina, and to wish her much success and fulfillment in all her future endeavors.”
“It is with great pleasure that the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives honor individuals who give of their time and resources for the good of others . . . Goose Creek City Councilmember Marguerite H. Brown has contributed 39 years of valuable public service to the citizens of the Palmetto State and is thereby worthy of praise.”
Born Marguerite Hood in Chattanooga, Tenn., the young Marguerite married Navy Petty Officer Third Class D.C. Brown in 1945, according to the resolution.
As part of the military life, the Browns lived throughout the United States until 1966, when Master Chief Brown retired from the Navy.
“Looking to find a permanent home after their retirement, the Browns contemplated moving to Florida. Their plans took a detour while visiting friends in Goose Creek, and the couple made their new home in that charming locale in a neighborhood where they have remained since 1967, according to the resolution.
Although the Browns enjoyed their new city,
“Mrs. Brown recognized the need for changes in the city’s government. After serving on the board of health, Brown ran for city council in 1975.
For the past 39 years Brown has maintained one simple objective – staying current with the needs of the people,” according to the resolution.
She has been an active part of steering Goose Creek’s growth from fewer than 5,000 people to nearly 33,000 in a time when it grew from a crossroads town to well-respected city.
In recent years Brown has been concerned with zoning, orderly annexation, development of building restrictions, responsible growth and she has worked toward ensuring that the citizens of Goose Creek have all necessary services available to them, according to the resolution.
Brown finds strength for her labors in the strong support of her family: her husband of 70 years, D.C.; three children, Jean King, Janet Lucas, and Eddie Brown; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The resolution wished Brown much success and fulfillment in her future endeavors.