BEMENT -- Reverend W. Norman Shepard, age 95, a resident of Bement, died at 12:23 a.m., Aug. 20, 2006, at the Delta West Rehabilitation Center in Sikeston.
Born Sept. 9, 1910, at Lawrenceburg, Tenn., son of the late James Arch and Nancy Ella Woodard Shepard, Rev. Shepard was ordained and licensed as a Baptist minister on Sept. 9, 1951. He served 40 years in the Charleston Baptist Association where he was the pastor of seven churches and interim pastor of seven other churches. He started and built four churches and remodeled four others. He also served three years on the board of the Southern Baptist College at Walnut Ridge, Ark., where he received his degree. He retired from full-time ministry in 1976. He was a member of the Bement Baptist Church. During his long life, Rev. Shepard was also a farmer, carpenter, policeman, postmaster, grocery man, barber and a compliance supervisor for the Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. His fondest memories were of his music career at KFVS Radio in 1932 where he and his brother, Herman, played with Merle Travis and Jimmy Rogers. Rev. Shepard was accepted into the membership of the Charleston Masonic Lodge No. 407 AF & AM in 1944 and attained the high honor of being a Scottish Rite Mason for 50 years. He was also a member of the Charleston Kiwanis Club.
On Oct. 28, 1933, he married Veatrice Pauline Taylor who survives of the home.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Veatrice, are: two sons and daughters-in-
law, James Earl and Jaceena Shepard of Town Creek, Ala., and Norman Eugene and Johnnie Shepard of Katy, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Norma Sharon and Ron Coppock of Alpharetta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Karen Reid of Jacksonville, Ala., Kirk Shepard of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sara Latham of Chicago, Taylor Coppock and Caitlin Coppock both of Alpharetta, Ga., Richard Sloan of Arab, Ala., and Chris Sloan of Norfolk, Va.; 10 great-
grandchildren, Steven Chatham and Melinda Pinon both of Jacksonville, Ala., Brian Chatham of Birmingham, Ala., Joy Lawson and Alan Shepard both of Huntsville, Ala., Amelia Shepard, Olivia Shepard, David Shepard all of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Nicholas Latham of Chicago, Ill., and Brandy Sloan of Arab, Ala.
He was preceded in death by one son, Terry Bruce Shepard; three daughters, Arlis Sue Shepard, Barbara Ann Shepard, and Baby Shepard; four brothers, Lige Shepard, Herman Shepard, Homer Shepard and Commie Shepard; two sisters, Ollie Bramlett and Desda Nelson; and also by one great-grandson, Shannon Sloan.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston. Visitation will continue from noon on Wednesday in the McMikle Chapel until the funeral at 2 p.m. The Rev. Bob Medlock of Sikeston and the Rev. Delbert Bishop of Bement will officiate.
Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery near Charleston.
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