William SHERMAN Sr.

News Death Notice

SHERMAN, William Sr. Early Sunday morning, September 30, 2012, William Sherman, Sr. peacefully departed this walk of life and confidently began the next phase of God's plan for his spirit. He was born April 10, 1928, in Summer Lee, West Virginia, the fifth child of seven children from the union of Nathaniel Sherman, Sr., and Ena Wright Sherman. He arrived in Hamilton, Ohio with his parents and siblings as a young child. He was educated in the Hamilton public schools and was an excellent student. He graduated from Hamilton High with the class of 1945. Shortly thereafter he met the love of his life, Marian Celestine Perrin. They were joined in holy matrimony on May 22, 1948. Their union was blessed with eight children. Upon graduating from high school he began working at the Mosler Safe Company where he became the first African American to be promoted to a supervisory position and eventually became the Head of Shipping and Receiving for one of Mosler's facilities shipping safes worldwide. He retired from Mosler in 1992 after 46 years of service.His was a life dedicated to bringing people to salvation through Jesus Christ. In 1963 he was ordained as a Deacon of Pilgrim Baptist Church. He served as Chairman of the Deacon Board for decades until he was named Deacon Emeritus in 2010. He served as the Church Financial Secretary for 30 years, while also serving as the Superintendant of the Sunday School program. He sang in the Gospel Chorus, the Men's Chorus and the Choral Ensemble for over 50 years. His deep bass voice would add color and tone to the choir's harmonious melodies and his silk-like, baritone solos would often close the services with shouts of praise and tears of joy from the congregation. However, he will undoubtedly be remembered most for his clear, concise and insightful teaching of biblical scriptures. For ten years he taught a Saturday morning bible study class for young adults. His teachings are often credited with bringing people to Christ, saving marriages, healing families, and enhancing careers through understanding of the scriptures. Mr. Sherman is survived by: four daughters; Jacquelyn B. Sherman, Angela C. Gordon, Robin J. Lasley, and Jean Davis Curry all of Cincinnati, Ohio; four sons; Randal. P. Sherman, Kent C. Sherman of Cincinnati; Terrence L. (Victoria) Sherman, of Chicago, Illinois and William A. (Venice) Sherman, II of Cincinnati; two sisters, Lucille Jones of Forest Park, Ohio and Lena Roberts of Louisville, Kentucky; twelve grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marian C. Sherman; his son Wendell P. Sherman; two sisters Anna Buckner and Ida Sherman; and his brothers Noah Sherman and Nathaniel Sherman, Jr. Services will be held Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 12pm until hour of funeral at 1pm at the Pilgrim Baptist Church 714 S Fourth St. Arrangements entrusted to Green, Hall & Jordan Memorial Chapel

Published in Journal-News on Oct. 5, 2012