With sincere compassion, we respectfully announce the transition of Mr. Vermon Sheppard, a life-long resident of Plantersville, AL. Mr. Sheppard transitioned on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. He was 83. Public Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 @ 6PM in the McComb Honorary Chapel of Jackson Professional Funeral Services. In addition to temperature checks, a mask or face covering is required to be worn, at all times, while inside of the facility. Homegoing Service will be held Thursday, April 8th, 2021 @ 11AM from New Life C.O.G.I.C., 4781 Mobile Hwy. Montgomery, AL 36108; Pastor Terry Ellison - Officiating. Committal & Interment will take place immediately following the Homegoing Celebration @ Bethel Grove Baptist Church in Plantersville, AL; Elder Kelsey Sheppard - Officiating.
Vermon "Sonny" Sheppard, 83, completed his earthly journey on March 31, 2021 after a brief failure in his health from a heart attack. His devotion to the love of his life, Annie Lee Sheppard, his family, community and his strong faith in God were displayed daily as he fought the good fight of faith and made preparation for his eternal resting place.
Vermon was the oldest of 12 children born to the late Israel and Eunice Sheppard, on October 3, 1937. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and joined the Bethel Grove Baptist Church where he served faithfully and steadfast all his life. At the age of 19 he was ordained as a deacon and walked in his calling faithfully. He loved singing and praying, especially in the house of the Lord. During most of his life, he could be found in Church, especially during revival time and he was usually leading devotion. Most knew him in the community as singing and praying Sonny! He not only loved to sing and pray, but he loved his “word.” He would read his bible every night. He was a great example of “study to show thyself approved….” He loved the word of God and he loved to teach it. For many years he was Sunday School Superintendent, Choir member, Choir President, and Chairman of the Deacon Board simultaneously. Serving God was his passion and he served faithfully and passionately until God called him home March 31, 2021.
Vermon graduated from Autauga County Training School in 1957. After graduating from school, he married the love of his life, Annie Lee Smith, on June 15, 1960 and remained married and devoted until his death. He was blessed with a large and loving family, fathering and raising 13 children with patience, discipline and humility. He taught them as well as led by example the ways of God. He was a meek, loving and kind person and loved everyone and treated them the way he wanted to be treated.
Vermon is preceded in death by both parents: Eunice and Israel Sheppard, brothers: Willie Earl and Herman Sheppard, two daughters: Sherry Dawkins and Delancy Sheppard and a grandson, Curtis L. Hunter. He leaves to cherish many beautiful memories his wife, Annie L Sheppard, five daughters and six sons: Cassandra M. Sheppard, Montgomery, AL; Fitzgerald Sheppard, Kissimmee, FL; Alvin Sheppard, Trussville, AL; Burnett (Derice) Surprise, AZ; Teonna (Robert) Mills, Birmingham, AL; Ronnie Sheppard, Montgomery, AL; Gene Sheppard, Prattville, AL; Marlena (Andrew) Lewis; Harvest, AL, Pamela Sheppard, Plantersville, AL; Quiniece Sheppard, Dallas, TX; and Kelsey (Candace) Sheppard, Montgomery, AL; six sisters and six brothers: Isabelle (Earnest) McCallister, John Sheppard (Carlene), Ruby Richardson, James Sheppard (Clara), Freda Sheppard - Akron, Ohio; Betsy Sheppard - Owens Mills, MD; Sarah (Chester) Mae – Mobile, AL, Jimmy (Sarah) Sheppard; Kenneth (Norma) Sheppard, Patricia McCary, Ricky Sheppard (Priscilla) – Plantersville, AL and
James Wesley (Wilhelmina) Sheppard – Temple, TX and a host of grandchildren, great grands, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
Vermon will be buried at the Bethel Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at 2 p.m. on February 8. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will NOT be a repast. The family would like to express their gratitude for all acts of kindness including flowers, donations, prayers, and condolences.
Jackson Professional Funeral Services is grateful to the family of Mr. Vermon Sheppard for entrusting our caring and dedicated professional staff with the final arrangements of their loved one. We solicit your continued, sincere support, and prayers for the family as they navigate through this experience.
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