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Obituary for Joa Rajon Sherman, Esq.

Joa Rajon Sherman,42, of League City, Texas passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Joa Sherman transitioned to eternal life with God on Sunday, January 7th, 2024. Born on September 1st, 1981, in Houston, TX, to parents Joan Foreman and Clyde Sherman, Joa's journey was one marked by passion, purpose, and a profound commitment to his community. Joa's early years were spent in Friendswood, TX, where he was baptized at a young age.

A graduate of Clear Brook High School in 1999, Joa's pursuit of knowledge led him to Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science. During his time at Clark Atlanta, Joa became a distinguished member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity INC., where he served as Educational Chairman. His leadership skills flourished as he passionately pursued his dream, founding the university's first golf team. This endeavor not only reflected his love for golf but also paved the way for scholarships, enabling others to continue playing collegiate golf.

Joa's commitment to community service was evident through his involvement with organizations such as the NAACP, Pre-Alumni Council, and Student Government Association. These experiences laid the groundwork for his journey to Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX, where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence.

As a law student, Joa continued his advocacy and empowerment efforts as a member of the Black Law Student Association and the American Trial Lawyer Association. His dedication to providing resources to Black law students and addressing the needs of the Black community reflected his unwavering commitment to justice and equality.

After completing law school, Joa embarked on a distinguished legal career, leaving a mark on the legal community and beyond. He worked at the Galveston County District Attorney's office, where he served as an Assistant District Attorney for several years. Subsequently, Joa transitioned to become an Associate Attorney at Laird-Valadez, LLP in Houston, TX. He eventually established Sherman Watkins, PLLC with his childhood friend, Gene “Tony” Watkins. As a founding partner, Joa tirelessly devoted himself to defending clients in criminal cases and participated in numerous complex family law trials.

Joa was committed to nurturing the next generation of legal professionals. He was a mentor to Thurgood Marshall School of Law interns, helping prepare them for the Bar exam and contributing to the growth and success of aspiring attorneys. Joa dedication to justice went beyond his daily practice; he advocated for voters' rights. He served as a vital part of the legal team for President Obama during both the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns in the state of Virginia.

Joa was not defined by his profession or his accolades, but rather by his relationships. His list of friends is endless, from childhood friends and fraternity brothers to golfing buddies. He had a smile and a laugh that filled the room. He cherished his daughters and son and was united in marriage with the love of his life. Joa Rajon Sherman leaves behind a legacy of his loving wife, Jaanai, his son, Jiah Shelton, and daughters, Jiselle and Justice. His parents, Clyde Sherman and Joan Foreman; sister, Ashley Etienne; brothers Reginald Sherman (Yolanda), Clyde Sherman Jr. (Candace), Ron Sherman; and a host of nephews and nieces. He adored his goddaughters Bailey Guerra-Howard and Sydney Dudley.

Funeral Services for Joa Rajon Sherman are as follows:
Saturday, January 13th, 2024
Viewing: 10:00am-10:45am
Celebration of Life Service:11:00am
Greater Barbour's Chapel Baptist Church
7420 FM 1765
Texas City, TX. 77591

Services for Joa Rajon Sherman are in the Professional Care of Coleman's Family Mortuary/ 409 South Magnolia/ Woodville, Texas 75979/ (409)283-3031

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