Meridian Star

March 5, 2014

SMSgt William A. “Bill” Shepherd

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —    SMSgt William A. “Bill” Shepherd, U. S. Air Force Ret, age 85, of Gulfport, entered into eternity in the presence of the living God in Gulfport on March 4, 2014.

    Bill was born April 22, 1928 in Morton and was raised in Enterprise. He was a loving husband, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

    Bill was a man of faith, committed to God and his family, and honored both. He was a member of Bayou View Baptist Church for 55 years where he served as a deacon for many years.

    He retired from the United States Air Force in 1967 after 21 years of service, then had a second career with New York Life Insurance for another 25 years.

    His mother Bessie Mae Rogers, his wife of 47 years, Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Shepherd, his daughter, Suzanne Marie Shepherd, his granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Shepherd, and other precious grandchildren known by God preceded him in death.

    Bill is survived by his three sons and their wives, William A. Shepherd, Jr. (Renee) of St. Simons Island, Ga., Charles David Shepherd (Donna) of Pensacola, Fla., and Richard Alan Shepherd (Pam) of Kenner, La.; six grandchildren, Rebecca Anne Kenny (Joey), Alison Marie Shepherd, Johnny Martin (Heather), Michael Alan Shepherd, Jessica Jane Shepherd, and Gabriel Blain Shepherd; and three great grand children, Adam, Anna, and Noah. Bill also leaves a dear and special friend, Jane Terry of Meridian.

    Visitation will be at Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, Thursday, March 6, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with services at the Bayou View Baptist Church, 4709 Chamberlain Ave, Gulfport, Friday, March 7 at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Dr. Bryant Barnes and Rev. Chris King.  Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Enterprise Cemetery in Enterprise.

    In lieu flowers contributions can be made to Bayou View Baptist Church, 4709 Chamberlain Ave, Gulfport.

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