Virtual Celebration of Life
Dr. Clifford Brown | August 2, 2020, 2PM PDT

Virtual Celebration of Life
Dr. Clifford Brown | August 2, 2020, 2PM PDT

Virtual Celebration
of Life

Dr. Clifford Brown
August 2, 2020


Picture Tribute

Pastor Jeff Walker

Old Testament Scripture
Paul Picchione

New Testament Scripture
James Joyner

Music Selection 
Kephyan Sheppard

Joy Brown
Shyamala Brown
Phil Dickinson
Oron Jackson
Sharon Brown
Oliver Brown

Tyler Brown

Music Selection "Always"
Sherrie Lockhart-Johnson

Bishop Joseph W. Brown, II

Picture Tribute

Bishop Joseph L. Brown


Clifford Omar Brown went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2020.

He was born March 22, 1972, in Brooklyn New York, to parents Barbara Jean and Hosea Ephrym Brown. In the late seventies, his family relocated to Palm Springs, California. He attended Katherine Finchy Elementary School, St Theresa Catholic School and graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1990. In high school he excelled in academics and athletics; he played varsity football and threw the shot put in Track & Field.

He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995, with a major in English Literature and a minor in Biology. While in Berkeley, he faithfully attended Ephesians Church of God in Christ, where he sang in the gospel choir.

In 1999, He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. While in medical school, he wrote prolifically. He competed in and won a Poetry Slam Contest where he was invited to read his winning poem on the televised PBS National Poetry Slam. His poem was eventually published by PBS.

He completed an internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York from 1999-2000. He completed a residency in Ophthalmology at Kresge Eye Institute, at Wayne State University School of Medicine from 2000 to 2003.

In 2005, he opened his medical practice in Indio, California where he practiced medicine for over 15 years and was voted Top Doctor by Palm Springs Life. He was on staff at Desert Regional Medical Center, JFK Hospital, Eisenhower Hospital and El Mirador Surgical Center.

He was a voracious reader. He read novels, scientific journals and comic books all in the same day. He had a vast collection of comic books dating back to his youth. He was an ordained minister at Victory Christian Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He was a pillar of the medical community, respected and admired amongst his peers and patients. However, the greatest joy of his life was as father to Barbara Rachel Brown. He was completely devoted to his daughter: they traveled together as often as possible, they played UNO card games. He put his surgical training to work and sewed clothes she designed for her baby dolls. He took her to ballet weekly, he taught her how to swim, and they shared impromptu song and dance performances called the ‘Barbara and Daddy Show.’ Every year, Disneyland was their favorite father-daughter destination. He loved having breakfast with all the Disney characters.

He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara J. Brown and his brother Henry Z. Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Rachel Brown (her mother, Angela Y. Brown), father, Dr. Hosea E. Brown (Dorothy Kathryn Brown), brother, Oliver Y. Brown (Sharon R. Brown), sister, Kimberly Joy Brown, sister, Shyamala H. Brown, step-sister, Brittany D. Jones, step-sister, Shannon E. Jones, step-brother, Primus E. Jones, nephew, Tyler Z. Brown, nephew, Zaire A. Jones, and niece, Zoey B. Jones, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, friends, and patients.

His life touched so many lives. His legacy of love and laughter will live on forever.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Kidney Fund at