Frances Ann Sheppard, 81, of St. Simons Island went to be with the Lord on Monday afternoon, Feb. 5, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Frances was born Nov. 29, 1936, in Middleton, Tenn. She attended Middleton High School and married Kenneth O. Sheppard on Sept. 16, 1988. She worked as a sales person and was self-employed until her retirement in June 1999. Her passion was reading her Bible and attending church.

She was a member of Forest View Baptist Church and was greatly loved by her church family. The night before she passed the church gathered at her room and sang the old church hymns that she dearly loved. She was visited by her sons and was able to talk via telephone and FaceTime to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Members of the church were at her side along with her pastor, who is also her son, at the time of death. Deacon Cliff Roberson and wife Elaine stayed by her side with family until she was taken to her heavenly home.

She was also loved by her family, friends and church family in Tennessee and was active in church attendance there. She will also be having a service at the Shackelford Funeral Home in Bolivar, Tenn. The resting place for earthly remains will be near Bolivar.

All her family, friends and church acquaintances are sincerely grateful that Jesus has relieved her from the health issues and suffering that she dealt with in the last few years of her life. Needless to say, she will be greatly missed by all.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Sheppard; father, James D. Harris; mother, Anneva Pearl Maxwell Harris; and brothers, Bedford Harris and James Harris.

She is survived by her sons, Jeffery L. Davis, Steven R. Davis, Jody D. Davis, Timothy W. Davis and Alan C. Davis; grandchildren, Steven R. Davis Jr., Tiffany Davis, Dawn M. Davis, Daniel M. Davis, David A. Davis, Audrey A. Davis, Timothy W. Davis Jr., Charity I. Ragland, Brittany K. Davis, Kasey J. DeGoey, Bailey S. Davis, Samuel A. Davis and Danica M. Davis; many great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

A viewing will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Edo Miller Funeral Home in Brunswick. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m.

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