Audrey Lee Shelton Travillion was born on December 25, 1933 to Bessie Chamberlain Shelton and Jim Shelton, in Sweatman, MIssissippi, (now Kilmichael, MIssissippi) in the Springhill Community. She was named by her beloved Aunt Florence Walker. A caring child, she professed her love for Christ and was baptized at Spring Hill Baptist Church. William Loggins and Bessie Loggins were married and “Big Daddy” was responsible for encouraging her to go to college, supporting her during college, and was an exceptional parent to her and grandfather to her children and grandchildren.
Her formal education began and continued through Springhill High School system from which she graduated in 1952. She attended Alcorn State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics in 1956. She furthered her education at the University of Colorado with a Master of Arts in Reading in 1974.
Her professional teaching career began in Marks, MIssissippi in the fall semester of 1956 ending in the Spring of 1957. She transferred to a Home Economics position at Carter High School in Brandon, Mississippi until 1958. In 1958 she was able to join her husband at McLaurin High School in Rankin County until 1966. She joined the Jackson Public School District as a Science Teacher at Powell Middle School beginning in 1966. She was a part of the teaching corps that helped integrate the Jackson Public School System in 1970. She served as a Science Teacher at Hardy Middle School until she left the district in 1972 to pursue graduate study. When she returned to Mississippi, she came back to the Jackson Public School District as a Home Economics Teacher at Callaway High School until 1980. When her husband became Superintendent of Education in Claiborne County, she served exceptionally as a Home Economics Teacher at Port Gibson High School and later the Food Coordinator in the Claiborne County School District until 1984. She returned to the Jackson Public School District as a Home Economics Teacher at Jim Hill High School until 1990, with her initial retirement from the Jackson Public School District. She moved with the family to Texas to be closer to her grandchildren. Her love of teaching led her to become an Elementary Teacher in Houston, Texas and later she became a Reading Professor at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas where she retired in 1997. She truly loved teaching and has a host of students who learned how to manage their homes because of her commitment to excellence.
She was preceded in death by her Mother Bessie Loggins, Father Jim Shelton, Step Father William Loggins, Brothers James Shelton, Bob Shelton and AC Shelton, while leaving behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, friends, associates, educators and students.
Left to cherish her loving memory are her husband Joseph Tyrone Travillion, Jr., children Gregory Earl Travillion (deceased 2/20/2021), Jeffrey William Travillion, Sr. (Perri), David Antonio Travillion, Sr. (Markitta)and John Douglas Travillion. Grandchildren, John William Travillion (JaToya), Jordan Monet Travillion, Jillian Travillion, Jeffrey William Travillion, Jr. (Taryn), Paige Alana Travillion, Andrew James Travillion , David Antonio Travillion, Jr., and Anisa Travillion and one Great Grandson, Jeffrey William Travillion, III.
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