William Cecil Sheppard

WILLIAM CECIL SHEPPARD, better known as “Papa Smurf”, 85, died April 8, 2019. Predeceasing him were parents William Isom and Cora Lee Wray Sheppard; son Jeff Sheppard; numerous brothers and sisters.

Surviving are wife of 65 years Kattie Sue Edwards Sheppard; children Patricia (James) Truitt, William (Katie)

Sheppard, Mickey (Sharon) Sheppard, and Tonuia (Ron) McGaha; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; one brother; two sisters.

Wade Hutchens officiated the 2 p.m. service held April 10 at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home. Burial followed at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Scott Daily, Jim Moore, Patrick Henderson, Justin Mason, Robert McGaha, and Seth Williams serving as pallbearers.