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Jo Berne Brown Shedwin
There was a midwife, Mrs. Della "Cousin Chump" Woodard (1880-1949) who rushed to a white framed-wood shingle-roof 4-room house that sat on the hill off a tree lined dir... Read More
Jo Berne Brown Shedwin
There was a midwife, Mrs. Della "Cousin Chump" Woodard (1880-1949) who rushed to a white framed-wood shingle-roof 4-room house that sat on the hill off a tree lined dirt road on one of the tracts of field and grazing land-holdings in proximity of the Trinity River, that were owned by my maternal forefathers, since the end of slavery, to give aid in the home birthing of her neighbor's daughter. On that wintry mix Saturday night on November 4, 1944, at 7:40, Jo Berne Brown was born, the only baby girl and the first of four children, to a schoolteacher Mrs. Ezra Mae Ringer Brown, (1918-1976) and Mr. Octavius Cornelius "O. C." (1916-1985) in the Lone Star Community of Oakwood. Freestone County, TX (99 miles south of Dallas, TX and 148 north of Houston, TX)......
Jo Berne (Brown) Shedwin entered eternal life at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX on Thursday, September 8, 2022. She was baptized at New Hope (Catfish Creek) Tennessee Colony, Anderson County, Texas, the 4th Sunday morning in June 1952. She was an active charter member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Odessa, TX. Jo married Ennis Shedwin Jr. in Houston, TX on October 24, 1969. She gave birth to her only child, Ennis Shedwin III in Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Ector County, Texas Friday morning, Oct. 20, 1969.
She graduated from the Green Bay High School, Palestine (Tucker) Anderson, Texas June 28, 1962. Jo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history and integrated social science from Prairie View A & M University on August 25, 1966. She left home in Tennessee Colony, TX to begin her teaching career in Odessa, TX in 1967. Jo taught one year at Ector High School in Odessa, TX. She was Permian High School, Odessa, TX first-ever African American teacher and was known by many to say what she meant and meant what she said. She received her Master of Arts Degree in history and secondary education from Prairie View A & M University on August 21, 1969. She earned 45-semester graduate hours above a master's degree in history, political science, geography, curriculum, supervision, educational diagnostics, gifted and talented (GT) from Texas Tech, North Texas State, Texas A&M University of Texas at El Paso, University of the Permian Basin and Emory University. She attended Advance Placement Institutes for AP teachers at TCU, SMU, University of Houston, and Rice University and did doctoral studies at North Texas State (U of North Texas) and completed 9 hours, before the traveling bug took away her desire to earn a doctorate degree. In 1974, she began to sail the seven seas travel all 50-states of the United States. Her travel took her to 27 countries of the world. These experiences provided opportunities for her to study and see first-hand cultures on the North American, South American, European, African, Asian and Australian Continents.
Jo was a featured speaker at banquets, annual women day programs and Christian education workshops. She was director of Christian education, a worthy Matron, and a member of the Permian Basin District Congress of Christian Education. She was an instructor of Original West Texas Baptist District Congress of Christian Education, Texas Missionary Baptist State Congress of Christian Education, National Baptist Congress of Christian Education and division coordinator of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.
She was a first-class seamstress! She made most of the clothes that she wore. When she set her mind to do a project, believe it that it was going to be very detailed and done exactly like she wanted it!
Her husband Ennis Shedwin Jr. died at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Ector County, Texas September 20, 2002. She is also predeceased by her parents Octavius Cornelius "O. C." and Ezra Mae (Ringer) Brown and one brother Army Sp 4 James Ronald Brown (1946-1967).
Those who survive to cherish her memory include one son Ennis Shedwin III; two brothers Harold Brown and his wife Sharon, Benny Brown and his; stepchildren Clarence A. Shedwin; grandsons Kevorick Shedwin and Christian Bryce Shedwin. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was given the gift of life and now she has given it back. But being a blessed woman, who led a full life, she is grateful and at peace!
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