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RJB graduate honored for lifetime of service
Houston County Courier

Evelyn Shepherd Henry, a fourth generation Texan and third generation quilter, recently was honored for a lifetime of service at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Gala. Each year, the gala honors Black cowboys, educators, community figures and other individuals that have made a significant contribution to the community. Henry also is a quilting teacher and has been a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Day Quilting Exhibit. A graduate of Ralph J. Bunche High School in Crockett, Henry also graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M where she earned a bachelors degree in nursing. Henry additionally received a master’s degree in Maternal and Child Health Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Henry has worked in several capacities in nursing throughout her career. She worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio and M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, but her passion for caring for children was realized through her career with the Houston Independent School District where she is director of Health and Medical Services for HISD. Additionally, Henry is a member of the Rocky Mountain Cemetery Committee that is restoring an ancestral Black graveyard. Henry also is a member of the Prairie View Nurses Alumni Association as well. She is the second of five children born to Reverend Terrel J. Shepherd, Sr. and Mrs. Betty Byrd Shepherd of Grapeland and Crockett. Two of her sisters also are nurses. She was married to the late Edgar George Henry, Jr. for many years. They had two daughters, Teresa Michelle Henry Kinney and the late Sean Anita Henry. Henry has one granddaughter, Stacey D. Kinney, a junior at Texas A&M University. Henry’s plans for the future are to follow the advice of her grandfather, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Shepherd, to “make the world a better place for having lived in it.”


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