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Madison New Cemetery


                      SHEPHERD Sr.                               SHEPHERD

Passing of R.W. Shepherd, Sr.

The people of Madison and Morgan county were shocked and grieved Wednesday morning to learn of the death of Mr. R.W. Shepherd, Sr., at the home of his son Mr. Robert Shepherd near Godfrey. While he was in feeble and failing health, his death was altogether unexpected. He ate supper Tuesday night and seemed to be in his usual health. When members of the family went into his room next morning to awake him for breakfast, he was found dead in bed.

The remains were brought to Madison next morning to the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.L. Walker, whence funeral services will be conducted this (Friday) morning at 11 o'clock by Rev. T.W. Smith, pastor of Antioch church, assisted by Rev. A.W. Quillian. Interment will be in the city cemetery beside his wife, who died last May.

A choir composed of Mrs. A.G. Foster, Mrs. E.G. Atkinson, Miss Virginia Turness and Mr. C.M. Furlow, with Miss Helen Atkinson as pianist, will sing "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Gathering Home," and "Abide With Me."

The deceased was born December 20, 1849, at the old homestead in South Morgan. His boyhood days were spent in Madison, his parents moving here while he was a small boy. His parents were Carter Shepherd and Nancy Whitfield Shepherd.


He was married June 5, 1873 to Mary Page Moseley, at the ancestral of the Moseleys in Putnam county. To this union five children were born: Mrs. L.H. Walker, Mrs. E.L. Walker, Mr. R. W. Shepherd, Jr. and Mr. Carter Shepherd, all of Morgan county, and Mrs. R.F. Davis, of Decatur. There are thirteen grandchildren. He had two brothers - William, the father of Mr. W.E. Shepherd, of this city, and Carter, who was sheriff of Morgan county. Carter never married, and he and his brother, William , have been dead for many years. Of his sisters, there were three - Sarah E., who married Samuel A. Burney; Annie M., who married Capt. Chas. W. Baldwin; and Florence P., who married Dr. W.E. Adams. They are all dead.

The object of this sketch is the last of his father's house.

There was not in all the county a better known or more highly esteemed citizen than Mr. Bob Shepherd. He was a man of the finest spirit and finest fellowship. Everybody who knew him liked him, and as a neighbor said of him, "if he had an enemy in the world, he didn't know of it." He was baptised into the membership of Antioch church over 80 years ago by his brother-in-law, Rev. S.A. Burney, and was a deacon of the church for more than a quarter of a century. 

Mr. Shepherd was a fine representative of the long line of strong men and pure women from which he sprang - men who stood for all that was highest and noblest and best in the home, in the country and in the state. He was a good man and will be missed from his accustomed places for a long while.

Mrs. Shepherd Died


On Sunday morning last, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Evan L. Walker on North Main street, occurred the death of Mrs. Robert W. Shepherd, Sr. She had been a sufferer from paralysis for a number of years, and her death was not unexpected.

The funeral occurred from the Walker home Monday afternoon and was largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. R.L. Bolton, pastor of the Madison Baptist church, and Rev. A.W. Quillian, of the Methodist church. Beautiful and worthy tribute was paid the long life of good deeds of this notably good woman. A choir composed of Mrs. A.G. Foster, Mrs. Roy Malone, Mr. C.M. Furlow and Mr. E.G. Atkinson sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Lead Kindly Light" and "Abide With Me." There were many beautiful floral offerings attesting the affectionate regard in which the deceased was held by so many people.

The pall bearers were Messrs. E.R. Lambert, Shields Burney, Lee Trammell, Fred Ingram, Tom Holland and Bat Vason. Interment was in the family lot of the city cemetery.
Mary Page Moseley was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Blount Moseley, and was born in Putnam county, Ga., May 8, 1854, being in the 70th year of her age.


On June 5, 1873, at the ancestral home in Putnam county, she was married to Robert W. Shepherd, who survives her with five children - Mrs. L.H. Walker of Morgan county, Mrs. E.L. Walker of Madison, R.W. Shepherd, Jr. of Godfrey, Mrs. R.F. Davis of Atlanta, and Carter Shepherd of Madison. Surviving sisters are Mrs. Lula Baynes, Greensboro, Mrs. Annie Baldwin, Macon, Mrs. A.J. Bonner, Godfrey, Miss Gussie Moseley, Greensboro. Surviving brothers are Messrs. B.A., J.B., and Sherwood Moseley. Many other relatives survive her.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist church. She was a woman who belonged to the old school of thought and action - kind, gentle, and womanly at all times and in the relations of her life. She lived her life in the sunshine of right thinking and right living. Her life was a blessing and a benediction, not only to her own loved ones, but to her community and those who knew and loved her.

From: The Madisonian May 18, 1923
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From: The Madisonian August 31, 1923

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