Captain William Lester Sheppard

Born: Mon., Aug. 20, 1923
Died: Wed., Dec. 29, 2004

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Captain William Lester "Shep" Sheppard, United States Navy (Retired), age 81, of Greensboro, GA died Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at his residence. Born August 20, 1923 in Richland, Georgia, he was the son of the late William Lester Sheppard and Lydia Dixon Sheppard. He graduated from Darlington School in Rome, GA and from Mercer University. He was a Surface Warfare Officer and an Intelligence Subspecialist in the United States Navy. He served his country in World War II and around the world during his 32-year Navy career. He was the Commanding Officer of four different warships, and he was commended for boarding and stopping a ship carrying missiles to Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Crisis, while commanding the USS NEWMAN K PERRY (DDR 883). He was a leader in the Boy Scouts, the church and the community. He has lived in Greensboro since retiring from his second career as an intelligence analyst in Washington, DC. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and was a board member of the Greene County Library.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Chapman Sheppard of Greensboro, GA; two sons, William Lester Sheppard of Fairhaven, MA and Robert Harvey Sheppard of Arlington, VA; a sister, Wilann Powers of Rome, GA; four grandchildren, Nicole Marie Sheppard, Brigid Kathleen Sheppard, Natasha Ann Sheppard and Nicholai Michael Sheppard and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, December 31, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro with Rev. Dr. Ford G''Segner officiating. Inurnment will be Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium with full military honors. The family requests that any memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, Post Office Box 26, 117 South 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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Elliot J. Wilcox
   Posted Fri December 31, 2004
Shep was a true gentleman, and it was always a joy to have him present at the reunions of the U.S.S. Newman K. Perry.

Kenneth Offenbach
   Posted Sat January 01, 2005
He was a wonderful Skipper who looked out after his men.

Leon and Marilyn Olson
   Posted Sat January 01, 2005
Captain Sheppard was a highly-regarded member of the USS Newman K. Perry Reunion Association, and we all mourn his loss. My wife and I had the honor of sitting next to Captain & Mrs. Sheppard at our reunion dinner a couple of years ago, and we had a most enjoyable and memorable evening. Our regrets and condolences go out to the entire Sheppard family, along with our thanks to Captain Sheppard for his long and honorable service to our country.

Pam Vaughn
   Posted Mon January 03, 2005
Mrs. Sheppard, I was so sorry to read about the death of Mr. Sheppard. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You and keep you. Pam Vaughn

   Posted Sun January 09, 2005
Please accept our deepest regrets at the loss of our great shipmate, and the very best Captain I had the pleasure of serving under. He will be missed- there are too few of his caliber and character. Rex Carter USS N.K.PERRY 1959-1962