Ann Chapman Sheppard

Born: Mon., Jul. 23, 1923
Died: Sun., Feb. 13, 2011

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Ann Chapman Sheppard, age 87, of Greensboro, GA died Sunday, February 13, 2011 at St. Mary''s Hospital in Athens, GA. A native of Greensboro, GA, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Holcomb Chapman and Oline Sanders Chapman. In 1940 she graduated from Greensboro High School, attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville for a year and then graduated from Mercer University in 1944. On July 26, 1944 she married William Lester "Shep" Sheppard. Traveling around the world during her husband''s 31-year Navy career, she was a Navy wife - often the wife of a ship''s captain, mother of two boys, school teacher, church deacon and elder, and tax preparer. Ann and Shep lived in Arlington, Virginia from 1963 to 1985, then split their time between Berryville, Virginia and Greensboro for three years before returning full time to Greensboro. Ann was very active in community affairs as a member of United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Greene County Historical Society, Greensboro Garden Club and the Greensboro Zoning Commission. She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Captain William Lester Sheppard in December of 2004; sister, Oline Sanders Chapman Reif of Wachula, FL, brother, Holcomb Chapman of Valdosta, GA; granddaughter, Brigid Kathleen Sheppard; and stepmother, Nell Harris Chapman. She is survived by two sons, William Lester "Bill" Sheppard and wife Mellen of Fairhaven, MA and Robert Harvey "Bob" Sheppard and wife Colleen of Arlington, VA; three grandchildren, Nicole Sheppard Rowney, Natasha Ann Sheppard and Nicholai Michael Sheppard; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA with Rev. Dr. James Choomack officiating. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium alongside her husband. The family will receive friends after the service at the family''s home, 401 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at to sign the guest register.

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Brigid Pope
   Posted Mon February 14, 2011
Ann and her family have been part of our family for a long time and was always a source of laughter and fun when I would visit her in Greensboro. Easter Egg hunts will never be the same as the one's we enjoyed in her Greensboro back yard. We will miss Ann. Love and prayers to all of you, Bill & Mellen, Nikki & Peter, Bob, Colleen, Natasha & Nick. Love, Uncle Wes, Aunt Brigid, Kelsey, Erin, & Joe.

Jennifer Adams
   Posted Tue February 15, 2011
Bob & Colleen - Robin and I send our deepest condolences for the loss of Bob's mother. What an amazing life she had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jen and Robin Adams

Odette Levesque
   Posted Tue February 15, 2011
Ann was a great lady with a sharp wit. I have fond memories of learning all about golf etiquette from Ann. To Bob and Bill and their families, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Sherley Selman
   Posted Wed February 16, 2011
Ann, was truly a great southern lady. I enjoyed the time that we spent together in UDC activities. My thoughts and prayers are with ya'll at this difficult time.

Jane Parsons
   Posted Wed February 16, 2011
Bob and Colleen: My sincere condolences on the loss of Bob's mother. May your memories give you strength. My thoughts are with you and your family. Jane Parsons

Diane and Dave Conger
   Posted Thu February 17, 2011
Miss Ann was such a dignified lady who always showed interest in others. I am sure that you have wonderful memories of you mother.