Shedrick F. Holland was born to the late Charles Holland Jr., and Essie Mae Joshua Holland on February 3, 1929, in Live Oak, FL. He was the oldestof 11 children; 8 which preceded his death: Ulysses, Parrish, Wilber, Lucille, Dorothy, Thelma, Joseph and Edith.
Shedrick’s early life was what you might call unusual to us today. He lived 9 decades on Natural Resources. No electricity, or indoor plumbing. They had a hand pump and went for drinking water. All their food was organic, which his parents grew. They also had cows, hogs, chickens; but racoons & possums, turtles, frog legs, rabbits, squirrels, quails and gofers were considered a delicacy. They grew sugar cane for syrup. His mother made their own soup. The only thing they had to buy were coffee, salt, black pepper & vinegar. One of his sister’s fell and broke her leg and he and his dad made a cast out of clay and vinegar to set her leg.
Shedrick’s parents made sure he got a good education. His first years of school began at Green Willow on Highway 49, Live Oak. He had to walk 2 miles to school. After graduating from Old Douglas High School on Houston St, Live Oak, FL; Shedrickattended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Ga.
Shedrick resided in Dade County for many years and moved back to Live Oak. Shedrick was one of Suwannee County’s most dependable school bus driver. He was very prompt and precise about everything he did. He lived through ”White only”, Colored, Jim Crow era, integration, Civil Rights, all to see America receive their first Black president.
Shedrick was faithful & dedicated to Jehovah God and stood the test of time.
He will always be remembered by his family, 4 children: Jackie H. Johnson (Freddie), Alfred Holland, Melvin Holland both of Miami, FL, CSM Larry Holland (Mary), 11 grand children, 2 special grands—Angel L. Holland & Laurie D. Holland. Several great grands, one sister Hazel Holland, one brother, Clyde Holland (Joyce), of Trenton, New Jersey. Nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, one aunt, Nettie Holland, Fort Lauderdale, FL. A host of cousins: The Birk-Barke, the Figgs, the Greens-Major, the GriffinWilliams, the Hires, the McKnights, the Millers and the Prices, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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