Mertis Mizell Sheppard 84, of White Springs, FL was called home to glory on Friday, May 17, 2013 after a brief stay at Baya Pointe Nursing Center. She was a devoted Christian and member of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church. Her parents Jesse and Johnnie Mizell, of Jasper FL, preceded her in death. She was a graduate of J.R.E. Lee High School, Jasper, FL. She was a dedicated wife to Reverend Thomas Sheppard for over 50 years; who preceded her in death. Mertis was a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her brother Ralph Mizell and sister Marion Mizell Walls preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memories nine wonderful children: Thomas Sheppard III, Tampa, FL; Gail S. Brown, Tampa, FL; Kenneth (Vanessa) Sheppard, Tampa, FL; Glenn (Stacey) Sheppard, White Springs, FL; Jesse Mario (Wanda) Sheppard, Lake City, FL; Joseph Sheppard, Lake City, FL; Michael Sheppard, Lake City, FL; Myrtle Sharon (Charles) Davis, Upper Marlboro MD; Troy (Michelle) Sheppard, Tampa, FL.
Twenty-two grandchildren, who will miss her comforting words and wisdom; six precious great-grandchildren; brother Mack (Susie) Mizell, Lake City, FL; sister, Catherine (Edward) Ante, Houston, TX; and brother Rudolph (Rona) Mizell, Lake City, FL; bother-in-laws: David Walls Sr, Jasper FL, Ralph (Estelle) Sheppard, Zenia, OH, Taylor (Bettie) Sheppard, Fort Washington, MD; sister-in-law, Maize Mizell, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Friends and Family will be received on Friday May 24: 6- 7pm at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 25 at 1:00 pm at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, 541 Davis Street, Lake City, FL; Rev. Ronald V. Walters, Pastor. Arrangements entrusted to Mizell Funeral Home, 365 NW Washington St., Lake City is in charge of arrangements. (ph #) 386-72-3166. Please sign guest register at www.mizellfuneralhome.com