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Family remembers late Savannah attorney, civil rights pioneer, Sage Brown


A long-time Savannah resident and civil rights pioneer is being remembered by his family this weekend.

Sage Brown was an attorney in Savannah for more than 30 years, and was a Vietnam War veteran as well. He passed away on Aug. 22, at the age of 68, after a year-long battle with Leukemia.

Brown’s legacy in Savannah goes back several decades. He was one of the first students to be integrated at Groves High School and Savannah High School in 1963. His family says from that point on, his life was one of service to his country and community.

"He never wavered. He was always an activist, always a fighter, always a soldier right to the end, right to the very end," said Patricia Brown, Sage’s wife.

Sage Brown enlisted in the Army after high school and served three combat tours, including a thirty-month tour in Vietnam. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, among many other military honors.

He was diagnosed with Leukemia last year, thought to be brought on by Agent Orange from his time in Vietnam, but cancer never changed his character.

"Oh he was a soldier, that didn't change,” said his wife, Patricia. “Everything was a battle, and it was just another battle that he had to fight and conquer."

He also fought many battles in the courtroom in his three decades as a Savannah attorney. Those who worked with Brown said he was unlike anyone else.

"He was always going to do his best to help whoever is seeking to have justice rendered, or even if it was just something personal. When you had Sage as a friend, you had a friend,” said John E. Morse, Jr., a Chatham County Superior Court judge and longtime friend of Brown.

Brown’s family and the community will be celebrating his life and legacy this weekend. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah. He will be buried with full military honors Monday at noon at Beaufort National Cemetery.

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