Family and friends of former Lake City police chief Billy Brown gathered on Friday, December 1st to plant a Japanese maple tree in his honor. Approximately 25 people were present at the police station on the sunny afternoon for the tree planting ceremony.
Senior horticulturist Katie Dickson from Moore Farms Botanical Garden opened by thanking the family and explaining the variety of tree.
“We’re honored to be a part of this ceremony,” Katie said. “The Japanese Maple ‘Bloodgood’ will provide striking foliage and grow to create a lovely shaded area. I hope in the future folks will be able to eat lunch on the benches under the tree and remember all that Chief Brown contributed to this community.”
“We had a very fine chief in Billy Brown,” said Mayor Loveth Anderson. “We wanted to take a moment to reflect on him and what he meant to this community.”
Councilwoman Wilhelmina Scott from District 3 also spoke in remembrance of Chief Brown. “He did whatever he could to make things better,” she said.
“He loved his job and he loved his people,” his wife Judy Brown remembered. “He would be very proud that this is being done.”
MFBG performed the installation with the help of family members filling in the hole and watering the tree in. A small plaque was placed at the base of the tree reading, “This Japanese Maple is dedication to the memory of Chief Bill Brown by family and the Lake City Police Department.”
Moore Farms is grateful for the services that our law enforcement provides and especially to Chief Brown for his many years serving this community.