Reverend Sam G. Shepperson
August 2, 1924 – May 15, 2018
The Reverend Samuel Glasgow Shepperson died Tuesday, May 15 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in the company of two sons and one granddaughter, bringing to a close his long and fruitful life. We are confident he had a successful passage to his home in heaven because of his personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of his life. Brother Sam or Sammy (as he was often affectionately called) was born in 1924 in Chester, South Carolina, the fourth child of Reverend Dr. Flournoy and Nellie McGill Shepperson. He had three siblings, Flournoy Jr., Fannelle and George. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, attended Columbia Bible College and graduated from Furman University and Faith Theological Seminary. He first came to Arkansas in 1949 to help his sister Fannelle with a Vacation Bible School for their uncle Dr. David Shepperson, who was pastoring the First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado at that time. It was in El Dorado where he met a group of people on Marrable Hill Road interested in starting a non-denominational church. He took the job with a salary of $200 a month (“if it comes in”). He went on to pastor Marrable Hill Chapel for the next forty-six years. During his lifetime, some of his other ministries included Real Life Club, Victory Bible Camp, El Dorado Theological Seminary professor, authoring two books (The Lord’s Doing and A Word from the Pastor daily devotional) and countless radio recordings. After retirement from Marrable Hill Chapel, he pastored an additional ten years at Scotland Presbyterian Church in Junction City, Arkansas. He will always be remembered for his commitment to the Word of God, his tireless pursuit of people with the good news of Jesus Christ, his love for the church, his passion for world missions, his enthusiastic leadership, his constant whistle and smile with a funny story or joke to tell, and his faithfulness to the end. Now, his legacy lives on in our very lives to be passed along. He was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings, and his wife of fifty-nine years Dorothy Lyle Shepperson. He is survived by three sons Lyle McGill, John Hampton and Joel Zachary, his daughter in law, Kim Shepperson and seven grandchildren, Siyun, Joanyun Polus (Christian Polus), Wiyun, Emili, Gwyneth, Samuel and Hampton. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at Marrable Hill Chapel on June third at 3 pm with visitation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made through Marrable Hill Chapel to three ministries dear to Brother Sam: 1. Marrable Hill Chapel Missionary Faith Promise, which supports missionary ministries around the world. 2. Shepperson Ministry Scholarship Trust, which will support students preparing for full-time ministry. 3. Victory Bible Camp. Please indicate your choice with your gift and send to: Marrable Hill Chapel,110 Chapel Ave, El Dorado, 71730.
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 24-25
- Memorial Service Sunday, June 3, 2018
- Visitation Following the Memorial Service
Reverend Sam G. Shepperson
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Fred and Yvonne Sharp
May 30, 2018
In our humble opinion, Bro. Sam was the best teacher/preacher that we ever had the privilege of sitting under. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain... He is often quoted by us when we think and speak of him. Looking forward to seeing you again, Come Lord Jesus!
Sandy Lynn Coats
May 24, 2018
The Bobby Lynn family lived on Marrable Hill and were faithful members of Marrable Hill Chapel. I remember when Mack, Jack, and Zack were born. Bro Sam married us almost 48 years ago. He did such a good job teaching me about family, love and how to live by example. He will always hold a special place in my heart.
The Harbour Family
May 24, 2018
The Harbour family grew up on marrable hill and remember when Brother Sam first came to Marrable Hill Chapel. He married some of us to our selected mates and always was the best at witnessing to young people and leading them to the Lord Jesus Christ. Will always remember Liberty Bible Camp as one of the best times in my early years. Whenever I would see him, I would tell him he was my best influence on how to live a godly inspired life. I loved him for his love of every person he knew and came into contact with. I know he has a very special place in God's kingdom and we should rejoice that he is once again with his beloved Dot and with his Lord and Saviour. Without a doubt, one of the most unforgetable men I have known. I loved the man!
Sally Hunt Mears
May 21, 2018
Brother Sam was my uncle married to my mother's sister, Dot Lyle Shepperson. We were members of Marrable Hill Chapel and had many years under the teaching and preaching of Bro. Sam. Bro. Sam could explain the Bible better than anyone I know. He always had a funny story to tell or a little rhyme he would recite at the drop of a hat. He always preached from a "red" Bible because he said the Bible should always be red ("read"). He has left a legacy through all the people he led to Christ, his many "preacher boys", and countless others he met through his ministry. He truly loved the Lord with all his heart and we know he is rejoicing in Heaven.
Our sympathy to the boys, Mac, Jac, & Zac.
May 19, 2018
I met Bro. Sam in august of 1981 at the age of 17. Bro. Sam was about 57 if my math is right. I still remember the day as if it was yesterday. My time under his preaching has shaped my ministerial philosophy and resolve " to do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of my ministry." I am proud to be one of his many "preacher boys". STAPES