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Madison Old Cemetery

                                                         ADELAIDE DOUGLAS

CARTER SHEPHERD                                          SHEPHERD


The Madisonian carried a statement last week that Carter Shepherd had been operated on Monday at the Oglethorpe Hospital in Savannah for appendicitis, and that he was recovering in a satisfactory manner. Thursday afternoon, however, complications set in and news came to the family in Madison that he could live only a short while. A eight o'clock the news came that he had passed away.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wallace were already on their way to Savannah, Messrs. Henry Fitzpatrick and Junius Atkinson carrying them to Macon in automobile, where they caught a Central train to Savannah, after a detour because of high water. They reached Savannah before noon the next day. The funeral party left Savannah Friday night at nine o'clock, reaching Madison with the remains at eleven o'clock Saturday. The body was taken to the home of Mrs. Annie Douglas, on South Main Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd were members of Christ Episcopal Church, Savannah, and Rev. A.G. Richards, of Athens, read the beautiful Episcopal service. It was one of the largest funerals ever seen in Madison. Services were held at the home of Mrs. Douglas Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. A choir consisting of Mrs. Roy Wallace, Mrs. J.H. Purks, Mr. C.M. Furlow, Mr E.G. Atkinson, and Mr. Cornelius Vason, rendered favorite hymns, "Lead Kindly Light," "Asleep in Jesus" and "Abide With Me."

The pall bearers were Dr. Dickens, Messrs. William Baldwin, Tom Baldwin, P.C. Rhodes, Pierre Walker, H.H. Fitzpatrick, Jr., Cornelius Vason, Jr., Junius Atkinson. Seldom has so many beautiful flowers been seen in a funeral, wrought into such elaborate and exquisite designs. Interment was in the family lot of the city cemetery, with Hemperley Undertaking Co. in charge.

Carter Shepherd was the youngest child of the late Robert and Mary Moseley Shepherd, and was born in the ancestral home in Morgan county 35 years ago. He attended the neighborhood schools and later graduated from Madison High School. He enlisted in the world war and served overseas as an ensign.

Returning from the army he was married to Miss Adelaide Douglas. A year was spent in New York at the home office of the National City Co. He came from there to Atlanta and was later transferred to Savannah where he was manager of the local office.

Besides his widow and little son, Carter Shepherd, Jr., he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. L.H. Walker and Mrs. E.L. Walker, of Morgan county, and Mrs. R.F. Davis, of Decatur, and a brother, Mr. R.W. Shepherd, of Morgan county, besides large family connections of both lines of ancestry. A little son died in infancy.

Among the out-of-town people present were Miss Mary Haines, Savannah; Mr. John Downing, Jacksonville; Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Harriss, Mr. Ellet Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Davis Freeman, Augusta; Mr. Frank Burney, Waynesboro; Mrs. Ben Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baldwin, Mr. Cecil Baldwin, Macon; Mr. and Mrs Clarence Dickson, Newnan; Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Moseley, Mrs. Gatewood Baynes, Mrs. Gaillard Adams, Mrs. F.L. Toney, Greensboro; Mr. and Mrs. Seaborn Walker, Eatonton; Mr. Ben Fitzpatrick, Mercer University; Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Davis, Sr. and family, Decatur; Mr. R. Whitfield Shepherd, Mrs. Kitty Fitzpatrick, Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. Judson Shaw, Hartwell.

Business associates from Atlanta, with the National City Co., which Mr. Shepherd represented were as follows: Mr. William Niller, Mrs. Andrews, Mr. Fenville McWhorter, Mr. James Milhouse.

From: The Madisonian October 11, 1929

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Mrs. Carter Shepherd Dies Unexpectedly Thursday

Mrs. Carter Shepherd, member of one of the country's oldest families and a prominent social and civic leader, died unexpectedly at Morgan Memorial Hospital Thursday mor-ning after a short illness. Mrs. Shepherd was 69 years old.

The former Adelaide Callaway Douglas, she was the daughter of the late Annie Fitzpatrick Douglas and Albert E. Douglas. She attended Shorter College before her marriage to the late Carter Shepherd. Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd lived in Savannah where he was well known in banking circles until untimely death in 1929. She is survived by one son, Carter Shepherd, of Greensboro, North Carolina, a sister, Mrs. Leonard Wallace, two grandchildren, Carter and Katie Shepherd of Greensboro, and several nieces and nephews.

After her husband's death she moved back to Madison where she took an active part in social and club work. She was a member of Colonial Dames of America and held state and local offices in the organization, was a former state officer and chapter regent of the Henry Walton Chapter, D.A.R., was president of the Episcopal Women, an active worker in the Episcopal Church of the Advent and was instrumental in its reorganization here twelve years ago.

She was particularly fond of children and delighted in having young children around her. Mrs. Shepherd was also an excellent cook and hostess and delighted in preparing gourmet dishes for her friends.

She had been in ill health for the past three years but death came unexpectedly. Funeral services were held at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison on Saturday morning at ten thirty. The Rev. Robert Crandall, vicar of the church, officiated. Henry Green, Jr. was acolyte. Pall bearers included Brooks Pennington, Jr., Paul W. Reid, Edward T. Newton, J.W. Fitzpatrick, Charles Cunningham, Lowry W. Hunt, Usher Thompson and Roy Lambert. The male members of the Episcopal Church served as honorary escort. Burial was in the family plot in old Madison cemetery.

From: The Madisonian September 1, 1966
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