James Henry Browdy III
James H. Browdy III, known by family, friends and acquaintances simply as Browdy, departed this life on May 31, 2014. Browdy was born to the late Rev. James H. Browdy, Sr. and Merlese W. Browdy on June 18, 1943 in Sanford, Florida and grew up in Oviedo, Florida. His parents preceded him in death.
Browdy received his early education in the public schools of Oviedo, Florida.He then attended Crooms Acaademy in Sanford, Florida. Following high school graduation, he attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in religion and philosophy. He did further studies with the National Science Foundation at the University of Kansas and the University of Florida in Chemistry and earth science.He earned his Master's of Science degree in Science Education, with an emphasis in Earth Science from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. After retirement, Browdy completed course work at Florida State University as a financial advisor.
Before retiring to Tallahassee in 2000, Browdy enjoyed a rewarding and memorable career in different areas of education which spanned thirty-five years.He began his career as a teacher of mathematics and science in the Orange County Public School system and Valencia Community College. Browdy transitioned from the classroom to the Classroom Teachers Association. In 1985 Browdy relocated his family to Atlanta, Georgia to serve as the Organizational Specialist for the National Education Association (NEA) at the Georgia Regional Office.Prior to retiring in 2000, Browdy relocated his family to Reston, Virginia for a final career move where he served as Organizational Specialist in Government Relations for the NEA in Washington, D.C.
Browdy was an active member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a faithful and dedicated member who had a love and passion for Church school.An astute Bible scholar, he was lead teacher for the Nicholas E. Gaymon Church School Class and was often called upon to provide in-depth and clarifying reviews of Biblical lessons. Browdy cared about people, especially young people. His passion for chess led him to work with Bethel AME's Vacation Bible School where he taught students to play chess.He also spent many hours commited to the training of students for the African Methodist Episcopcal Black Heritage Chess Competition team.
In addition to being active in the church, Browdy held positions and notable firsts in many organizations to include Phi Delta Kappa and his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, Chi Tau Chapter where he served as Basileus for two terms (1975-1977) and was honored as Omega Man of the Year.Browdy was the first NEA Intern from the state of Florida, the first African-American to serve as the president of the NEA field Staff Union in Washington, D.C.; NEA Staff coordinator for the Clinton/Gore Campaign for the state of Louisiana in 1992 and NEA Staff Coordinator foe the Clinton/Gore Campaign for the state of Florida in 1996.
Browdy is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Vivian Henry Browdy; one son, James H. Browdy, IV; four sisters, Annette Weaver (Bill), Loretta Humphrey (Rayfield), Julia V. Vasquez (Eddie) and Gertrude Pennick (Jerry); two brothers, Ransom F. Browdy (Sandra) and Eddie R. Browdy; and a host of in-laws, uncles and aunts, nephews, nieces and friends.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 6th from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the Strong & Jones Funeral Home Chapel, 551 West Carolina Street.Homegoing services to celebrate Browdy's life will be held at 12 (Noon) Saturday, June 7th at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 501 West Orange Avenue, followed by interment at Southside Cemetery.
Strong and Jones Funeral Home
551 West Carolina Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 5, 2014