Jacksonville Daily Journal, Tuesday, May 7, 1907
George W. Sheppard died Sunday night at 9:15 o'clock at the family residence five miles south of this city, at the age of 51 years.
Mr. Sheppard was well known throughut Morgan county and vicinity and attracted much attention because of his corpulency, weighing over 410 pounds. Although being so fleshy, he was able to get about with dexterity. He had a large circle of friends who will miss his cordial greeting and warm hand shake.
He was born July 7, 1856, and had always resided here. His last illness was of short duration from a stroke of paralysis, this being his third attack.
He is survived by his wife, five brothers and three sisters.
the funeral serices will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the family residence, five miles south of the city, and will be in charge of Rev. D. W. Owens of Hersman, Brown county, and interment will be made in Sheppard cemetery.
Previous to his death Mr. Sheppard made all the arrangements concerning his funeral services and they will be carried out according to his wishes.
Note: George W. was the son of Joseph Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Coffman Sheppard. Walter Warren Haley, May 9, 2002.
Pike County Democrat, Wednesday 1/30/1901 Page 2, Col 5 Nebo. (Too late for last week.)
Died, Friday night, Rev. John Shepard, a divine of the primitive Baptist faith. Rev. C. C. Melton preached the funeral. Another pioneer has gone from amoung us.
Mrs. Anna M. Sheppard, mother of S. A. Sheppard passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Nellie Sims, June 16,1925 at the age of 82 years, 11 months, at Centralia, MO. Her remains were brought to Nebo Tuesday to the home of her son S. A. Sheppard. Funeral services are being conducted this afternoon from the home at 2 o'clock by Elder T. J. Scranton. Burial in Hollis Cemetery.
Nebo Banner, Nebo, Illinois, Wednesday 17, 1925. p1, c4
MRS. ANNA M. SHEPPARD DIES TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Mrs. Anna M. Sheppard, 82 years old, who had lived with her daughter, Mrs. W. P. Sims of Tulip, died at the home of her daughter at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. She is survived. by one son in Illinois and one daughter, Mrs. Sims. Burial will be in Nebo, Illinois. The Centralia Fireside Guard, Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, Friday, June 19, 1925
(They missed 5 surviving children)
Ann M. Fry was born near Louisville, Ky, July 16, 1842, departed this life June 16,1925 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Nellie Sims near Centralia, Mo. She was 82 years and 11 months old.
She was united in marriage to John V. Sheppard at the age of 19 To this union were born eight children. Her husband and one daughter preceded her to the world beyond. These living are Nellie Sims of Centralia, Mo., Harriet E. Sheppard of Bartonsville, Ill., S. A. Sheppard of Nebo, Louis I. Sheppard of E. St Louis Ratie Elledge of Nebo, M. H. Sheppard of Jacksonville, Ill., and Lula Bland of Somners, Washington.
Ann M. Sheppard was a kind and loving mother, loved by all who knew her, and was a kind Christian woman. Besides her children she leaves to mourn her loss 26 grand children and 14 great grand children and a host of relatives and friends.
Sleep, on dear mother and a get thy rest, The Lord has called you he knows best.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to all the friends and neighbors who were so thoughtful of us after the death of out mother, Mrs. Ann M. Sheppard.
Nebo Banner, Wednesday June 24, 1925, p1, c1&2
Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mrs. Anna Sheppard Wednesday were Mr. and Mrs. Will Simms of Centralia Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Ira Sheppard of E. St Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sheppard, Mrs. W. L. Barton of Wood River, and Mr. M. H. Sheppard of Jacksonville.
Nebo Banner, Nebo, Ill., June 20, 1923 p6 c3&4
One of her last parties:
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Barton entertained at Sunday dinner: Mr. and Mrs. Sheppard and children Neal, Winona and Harold, also grandma Sheppard, Mr. and Clarence Killebrew and children Udean and Carl, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Battershell and daughter Inez. Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Barton and daughter Maxine, Mr. Thomas Carter. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sheppard and little Bona Jean. Gladys Roberts of Pleasant Hill in the afternoon ice cream and cake were served and a very enjoyable time was had by all who were there. Misses Bertha and Lora Grafford and Herbert and Smith Franklin were afternoon visitors.
(June 17th, 1923)
Transcribed from microfilm 10/11/2003 Jim Kirk