DEMOPOLIS | Edwin Spencer Sheppard, age 91, of Demopolis, died March 23, 2014. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Demopolis with Rev. Carl Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Demopolis Memorial Gardens with Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. The family will receive visitors at the church beginning at 10 a.m.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Twiggs Henry Sheppard and Kate Dennis Sheppard, and his brother, Miles Henry Sheppard.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Alma Sirmans Sheppard; daughter, Holley Sheppard LaGrone (Karl) of Birmingham, Ala.; son, Kevin Spencer Sheppard (Carmen) of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren, Cameron, Collin and Courtney Sheppard of Richmond, Virginia; and a niece and nephews that he loved.
Ed was born in Winter Garden, Florida on February 26, 1923. He graduated from Bradford High School in Starke, Florida and served six years during World War II
in the United States Navy
. He attended the University of Florida
on the GI bill and earned a double major in electrical and industrial engineering. He met his wife of 63 years, Alma Nell Sirmans, while attending college. He worked at paper mills in Jacksonville, Florida and Valdosta, Georgia before moving to Demopolis in 1957 to work on the start up of Gulf States Paper Corporation. He held various jobs at Gulf States and retired after 28 years of service as Vice President and Mill Manager.
Ed loved his God, family, friends, his Florida Gators, golf, and bridge. He taught a Sunday school class at First Baptist Church and served as a deacon.
Pallbearers will be Cameron Sheppard, Collin Sheppard, Kelly Etheridge, Fred Hansard, Al Giles, and Johnny Johnston.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the Hugh Lloyd Sunday School class of First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Demopolis.