Major Benjamin C.


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Major Benjamin C. Sheppard

Oct 31 1914 - Apr 15 2007

Major Benjamin C. Sheppard was born October 31, 1914, and died on April 15, 2007, in McKinney, Texas. Major Sheppard was a retired officer of the United States Army – 8th Infantry Division, 9860th Engineers Unit, who served in Europe and North Africa during World War II, and in the Army Reserve for three decades after the war. Major Sheppard was born in Duke, Oklahoma, the son of Claude Frederick Sheppard and Jessie Selser Sheppard, and brother of Claudia Sheppard (Mrs. Joseph Durham), all deceased. Claude Sheppard was a Methodist circuit rider and the family lived in various cities and towns in Oklahoma, East Texas, and, primarily, Louisiana. As a Golden Glove champion of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas early in the great Depression, Major Sheppard was aided by a boxing scholarship in attending Centenary College in Shreveport. He was a lightweight on the Centenary boxing team and a running back on the football team. Major Sheppard was a Thirty-Second Degree Mason and has been a member of Tannehill Masonic Lodge for over 65 years. Major Sheppard is survived by his daughter, Nancy S. Burton of Lafayette, CA; son, Benjamin P. Sheppard of Round Rock, TX; daughter, Susan S. Barry of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Benjamin J. Sheppard of Tokyo, Japan, Kelly D. Sheppard of College Station, TX, Cadet John Samuel Tannehill of College Station, TX, Midshipman Helen M. Tannehill of Annapolis, MD and Robert E. Burton of Lafayette, CA. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2007, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Deacon Ron Fejeran officiating. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Interment will take place at 1:00 PM, Friday, April 20, 2007, at Nolley Cemetery in Jena, LA.
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