Deborah Knowles Brown was born in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Reverend Daniel W. Knowles, Sr. and Mary Perry Knowles. She graduated from the historic Booker T. Washington High School, where she was crowned Miss BTW. She also graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin and was crowned Miss Black Student Association. She received her Master’s Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Deborah recently retired from Memphis City Schools with 30 years of service.
Deborah has been the proud First Lady of Fredonia Baptist Church for twenty-five years. She has been married to Lee, her college sweetheart, for thirty-four years. She is the loving mother of Brandon and Britné (Rolandas) and grandmother to Bailee and Rolandas II.