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Rose Hill Funeral Home & Burial Park

3653 W Market St, Akron, OH

OBITUARY

Lee Andrew Shephard

May 15, 1942July 30, 2020
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Lee Andrew Shephard (Tom), 78, passed away peacefully to go home to be with the Lord, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Lee was born May 15, 1942 in Eufaula, Alabama to Susie Taylor Shephard and Sterling Shephard Sr. They moved to Akron when he was a child in 1944. He graduated from South High School where he met and married Flora Allen, they were high school sweethearts. They were married for 45 years. Lee accepted Christ as his Savoir at a young age. He worked for Morse Controls in Hudson as a drill presser and assembler, retiring after 35 years of service. He loved to travel; he and his wife would sometimes take both mothers along. On Fridays, they would go out to eat and take both mothers and his Godmother with them. They went to every restaurant in Akron and outlying areas. Lee was a giving person who helped anyone. If you needed help of any kind, he would always be there to give you a helping hand. He loved to go out to breakfast and lunch with his nephew Fred, who was like a son to him. Fred also took him to doctor appointments, etc. Lee was preceded in death by his wife Flora, his mother and father, brother Freddie and his sisters Ethel Shephard and Betty McNab. He leaves to cherish his memory brother Dea Sterling (Sondra) Shephard Jr., sister Roberta (Dea. Robert) Shoates, mother-in-law Rose Brown, brothers-in-laws Perry Allen, Rev. George McNab, sisters-in-laws Earnestine Shephard and Mary Lewis. He also leaves two Goddaughters, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and dear friends Bertha and Elizah Vickers. Friends will be received at Rose Hill Funeral Home, 3653 West Market St., Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 11:00am until the funeral service, officiated by Rev. Dr. Rodney McNab, commencing at 12:00pm. Interment will immediately follow at Glendale Cemetery in Akron. It is required that everyone attending the calling hours wear a mask and practice social distancing. The number of individuals permitted in the funeral home at any one time will be limited. The family certainly understands if you do not feel comfortable with attending. Please do not attend the calling hours if you are feeling ill. The family thanks you for your patience and understanding. Condolences may be sent to 769 Nome Ave., Akron, Ohio 44320.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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LaDonna Robins

August 4, 2020

LaDonna Robins

August 4, 2020

It pains me to write this, because that means this is real, and you’ve transitioned on to heaven. You and Aunt Flora were more than just my aunt and uncle, you were were my confidants, my mother and father, and my rough riders when it was time to go see a person who had did me wrong. Aunt Flora would grab her keys and say “girl let’s go”, and Uncle Lee, you would laugh at us and say “yaw carry on”. You two were my Michelle and Obama, before they even became a household name. Uncle Lee you were the epitome of what I wanted in a man and a husband. GOD designed your blue print so that no one else would ever be able to fill your shoes. You truly were one of a kind.
I want to end by saying when I last came to see you, you acknowledged my presence. You knew I was there, and that made me feel good. I’ll forever hold that close to my heart. I’ll miss our talks, our moments of laughter, and our reminiscing back down memory lane. This isn’t goodbye, this is me holding on to the memories we’ve made until we see each other again.
I love you and will miss you forever,
Your niece LaDonna

Anthony Shephard

August 3, 2020

Tiffany Gatlin

August 3, 2020

Uncle Lee
I will truly miss you. You never left my side and I can just hear you saying "that girl crazy"and we start 2 laugh. You had a heart of gold. To know you is what a great example of what a man should be. I thank GOD for you being my uncle and allowing me to see you before you went on home to Glory. I love you and you will be missed. Rest In Heaven
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Phoebe Wallace

August 3, 2020

I am so sorry Tom. You have been the BEST friend, mentor, and God brother one could ever have. I have known you all of my life. I am a better person because of you. I can’t stop crying knowing our phone conversations are no more. I cry harder knowing I wasn’t there to say goodbye. My heart is BROKEN! You have been a blessing to many. I’ll never forget our trips to Pennsylvania, and our MANY restaurant outings. I hear your voice as we ended our last call. You said “Carry on Phoebe, CARRY ON”. I thought that was strange however you knew. Please tell mom & pop, Mrs. Susie & Flora hello. I have so many memories to cherish. I know you are an angel watching over us. THANK YOU my friend! THANK YOU GOD for sharing Tom with us. THANK YOU! I’ll love and remember you forever❤️

Mary Lewis

August 3, 2020

I really will miss Lee, he was here when I needed him. He helped take care of my children. When I worked he would help take care of my kids. To be honest, Lee helped me raise my children. Lee taught me how to drive a car. He helped me raise my boys. He was here for everything. When my siblings came over Lee would too. He would ask me "Spencer, you got food for the kids?" Lee would even buy and cook food for my kids when they had no food when I went to school and work. Lee will be truly missed.

Anthony Shephard

August 2, 2020

Uncle Lee,
I love you so very much. I cannot remember a time when you were not in my life. I remember when we were little and mama had to go to work, you would come and take us back to Granny and Gramps. I remember you teaching how to cook. I still remember it was pork chops- canned yams-rice and koolaid. I remember how you and Aunt Roberta told me about Gramp making you all send me home made cookies when I first went in the Army. How you would talk to me when I traveled back home alone to make sure I stayed awake. Uncle Lee I remember when you and Aunt Flora came to get me when I was in Texas and you took me with you to see Jimmy in Houston. We had such a good time. It rained so hard Uncle Lee and I kept complaining about I wish the rain would make it's mind up instead of rain hard then soft then hard again. Then all of a sudden it just rained real hard for a almost an hour and you looked over at me while I was driving and you said I hope you are happy now look what you did. As if I caused it. Uncle Lee I love you. Thank you for being there for me. Growing up with you and Fred has helped me be the man that Gramp wanted me to be. Uncle Lee you have touched so many others. I am going to work hard on that virtual family reunion we talked about.
Well so long for now Uncle Lee. I love you man. I really do.

Phoebe Wallace

August 2, 2020

Oh my! Oh my! I am BEYOND SHOCKED! I have been calling Tom for weeks and no answer. I felt something was wrong. I am Tom’s God sister. Martha’s daughter. PLEASE! PLEASE! Someone call me. I’ll see if funeral home will give me a contact number 404-314-5414. Thank You in advance

Denese Shephard

August 2, 2020

I can say how much I will miss him because he made me feel like family from the first meeting. Each visit to Akron was always a gathering of family around some meal, a road trip with Fred driving, Anthony remembering things not quite right and Uncle Lee correcting him, by the way Anthony is still convinced there was a Bob's Big Boy on some street I can't remember in Akron. I will remember the picnic in the park with former neighbors who came together to enjoy not forgetting where they came from. I am very grateful for the moment to tell him how much I loved him, grateful for that end of the conversation phrase "y'all take care of each other" and hopefully we will remember to do just that.

Nate Travis

August 2, 2020

What I hate about u passing away is how it happened. I never got a chance to converse with u, by the time I got to see u it was too late. All I can do was see u laying there suffering & that’s not how I wanted to remember u. I still can’t believe that you’re gone. Everyday I think about u, all day at work, even when I’m driving down the road. U was there for me & u didn’t have to be there. It was something u wanted to do & I appreciate everything that u have done for me. I don’t want u to think for a second I, didn’t want to be around u. I’ve been so busy in my life that I don’t have time for anything else, & that’s what I hate the most. I wish u could have held on longer so u could have acknowledged I was there. I know that we don’t live ✨forever✨ but, the way it happen will bother me forever. ✰ Love u forever Lee Shepard. ✰

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