BY ANDREAS BUTLER
The City of Daytona Beach is dedicating a building this week to Mickel A. Brown Sr., a dedicated, longtime employee who died two years ago.
The newly renovated Dickerson Activity Building at 308 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. – adjacent to the John H. Dickerson Center – will be renamed the Mickel A. Brown Sr. Activity Building during a ceremony on May 14 at 11 a.m.
“He had a lot of support not only within the city government but around the entire community. He was one of the hardest working and most giving people you would ever meet. It wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for you,” said Percy Williamson, the city’s Leisure Services director.
The ceremony will include entertainment and light refreshments.
Brown, the city’s special projects manager, died in October 2014 at age 52. He had a 31-year career as a city employee.
His job duties included handling maintenance for the entire Leisure Services Department, including recreation centers, the Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Municipal Stadium.
“He did a terrific job. He handled the job just as well as anybody could,” Williamson noted.
Ready for events
The activity building had been under renovation for the past six months.
It has been upgraded with new tile floors, a studio in the back, new counters, new restrooms, and upgraded energy efficient lighting. The city paid $120,000 for the renovations to the activity building.
“This is going to be very good for people coming in to rent out the building for activities. It’s a nice and great place for an event or get together,” Williamson shared.
‘A great honor’
Brown’s family is proud of their father’s legacy and impact on others.
It’s a great honor. I can say a lot of stuff, but it’s great that Dad is being recognized in the community that he lived, loved and worked in,” said Mickel Brown Jr.
Along with Brown Jr., the senior Brown was survived by sons Cory and Matthew.
Brown was an alumnus of Bethune-Cookman, a graduate of Jones High School in Orlando. He also attended Boone High in Orlando for three years.
Those who worked with him recall his impact on them and others.
“He was a good boss, leader and supervisor of the city’s maintenance department. He was very approachable and easy to talk too,” said Henry Lentz.
Arlene Armstrong added, “I once worked under him. Mickel was not just a boss. He was a supporter, mentor, advisor and motivator. He always bent over backwards to help others. He was very professional on the job. He was a boss and a friend. He is truly missed.”
In addition to being a city employee, Brown was a successful businessman with his Picture This Pressure Cleaning and Painting company.
“He was a good businessman, added Williamson. “He had a very successful paint and pressure washing company. He did a lot of homes and churches in the community. He often threw in something extra for customers.’’
For more information about the program, contact the Leisure Services Department at 386-671-3402.