Atty. Eleanette Maccene Brown-Lyerly

October 3, 1951 ~ December 8, 2022 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Atty. Eleanette Brown-Lyerly Obituary

The Celebration of Life Service for Atty. Brown-Lyerly will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.


Eleanette Maccene Brown Lyerly, affectionately known as Maccene or Maxy, was born October 3, 1951 to her loving parents, the late Matthew Brown and Eleanor Mumford Brown in Durham, North Carolina. She departed this life on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Maccene was a caring daughter, aunt, sister, cousin and wife. 

An avid student, Maccene attended Miss Hall’s all girls boarding school of Massachusetts before graduating from Mount Holyoke College. She would go on to move back home to Durham, NC and become a teacher at Hillandale Elementary school. Maccene taught until she decided to return to school in 1979. She attended North Carolina Central University Law school, where she received her law degree in 1982. Maccene worked for over 20 years with Legal Aid of North Carolina serving as an attorney and supervising attorney at Legal Aid offices in Wilson, Pittsboro and Durham. 

Maccene had a deep love for her community and passion for helping people. She was a daughter of the West Durham Baptist church. Maccene was an active participant of many charitable organizations and believed in community service. She ran a private practice for many years, providing pro bono services to many in need. 

She is predeceased by her brothers Walter Brown, William Brown, Thelbert (Jackie) Brown, and sister Delphine Brown Powell. 

Maccene is survived by her cherished husband of 29 years, William Franklin Lyerly, her nieces Tiffany Brown Evans, Tlis Brown, Jamie Powell, nephew Antonio Powell, 6 great nieces, and 4 great nephews. Her memory will be kept with love by her many cousins and friends.


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December 19, 2022

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

December 20, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
West Durham Baptist Church
1901 Athens Avenue
Durham, NC 27707

Celebration of Life
December 20, 2022

12:00 PM
West Durham Baptist Church
1901 Athens Avenue
Durham, NC 27707


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