I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
Carolyn L. Greenwood was born on November 4, 1948 in Dayton, Texas to the late Nat Roberts and Bertha (Richardson) Roberts. She was the ninth of ten children. At an early age she joined Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church and sung in the Junior Choir. She attended and graduated from Colbert High School, Dayton, Texas. After High School she choose to attend Texas College in Tyler, Texas. After college she married John Wesley Greenwood II and to this union one daughter was born. Then she moved to Belleville, Illinois. She accepted a position at East St. Louis School District 189 as a Science teacher where she taught for 35 years. During her career she taught at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, Lansdowne Junior High and Wyvetter Young Alternative Center. She was often elected to serve as department head of Science at Martin Luther King, Jr High School. After retirement, she substituted at various schools. She was president of the Girls Night Out group just before her retirement. She is preceded in death by her parents: Nat Roberts and Bertha Richardson Roberts, siblings: Jesse Roberts, Loutishia Frye, Charlie M. Roberts.
She leaves to mourn her daughter Tonya Greenwood, grandson Cortland Greenwood-Williams, sisters: Lillie Hubert, Bertha Prater, Willie B. Guidry, Peggy Braxton and Sharon Brown. Also, she leaves to cherish her memory one God child, Roberta Harris, a sister-in-law, Pam Greenwood Duke, a brother-in-law, Larnell Greenwood and a host of nieces and nephews.
She loved to travel with her family and friends to different parts of the world: Alaska, Niagara Falls, Dubi United Arab Emirates, Rome, Monte Carlo in Monaco, St. Thomas, Costa Maya, Cayman Islands, Savannah, Georgia, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Vegas Nevada.