About the Author
Javon Brothers was born May 22, 1945 to Rev. Walter Lee and Brittina Brothers in a small semi-rural enclave called “Over the Railroad”, on the outskirts of Elizabeth City North Carolina. He was the fifth of seven children. Javon attended the public schools in Elizabeth City, namely Bank Street Elementary School and P.W. Moore High School, from which he graduated in 1963.
Early in his life he demonstrated exceptional talent in the artistic and literary arenas, becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting, writing poetry and short stories. His earliest art resources were not just a creative mind, but many discarded materials that could be fashioned into something useful. These materials took the form of old pieces of wood, grocery store paper bags, partially used or discarded cans of paint, used butcher block wrapping paper, old newspapers and clay dug from the earth near his home.
Upon completion of high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he trained and specialized in Microwave and Tropospheric Scatter communications, at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. In 1964 he appeared in a nationwide television recruiting commercial for the Army, called “Faces of the Future”, which highlighted the many technical opportunities the armed services offered. While in the military he traveled extensively throughout Europe and became proficient in three foreign languages.
In 1966 Javon enrolled at Elizabeth City State University, majoring in Art Education while concentrating heavily in the social sciences and modern languages. He graduated with high honor in 1970.
For the next 30 plus years he worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, with the Social security Administration and the Office of Hearings and Appeals: he retired in the year 2000.
Throughout Javon’s career and “day job” he continued to hone his skills through painting and writing. His artistic works and creations have been featured in several newspapers and magazines throughout the south.
Javon is also the creator of the Christian Family Board Game, “Heaven Up..!” A game designed to make learning about the bible exciting and fun.
His latest work “A Deadly Night in the Harbor of Hospitality” , is based on a true story, which he heard only bits and pieces, as a child. This novel is the culmination of many years of investigation, regarding the life and true story of William H. Poole: a distant relative. It is about his family, his life as a hard worker and a letter that William wrote from death row, stored under a mattress for over 63 years.
The author wishes to thank the many people who invested into his life as a child, youth and as an adult. He did not arrive at his present place in life alone: aside from strong family support from his parents and two older sisters (Louise, and Evelyn) numerous other people played significant roles in his life.
His role models and mentors included such people as Jean Turner Burrell, James Perry, Willie Weeks, Dorthea Jenkins, Drs. Kermit E. White, Walter N. Ridley, Vincent deGregorio, Anne Henderson, Rosalind Edwards and Tomas Williams, as well as countless others who invested unselfishly into his life.
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