Essie Pearl Shepherd (81) of Grapeland, TX, was born on September 22, 1935, in Oakwood, Texas to James F. Dancer and Mary Elizabeth Dancer.
With the blessing of being raised in a loving, Christian home, Essie accepted Christ at a young age and grew up attending New Salem Baptist Church, Grapeland, Texas. After relocating back to Grapeland in retirement, she united with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Palestine, Texas.
Essie was raised in Latexo, Texas and educated in the W.R. Banks school system. As an adult, she moved to Houston, Texas with her husband, A.J. Shepherd, where she raised three children.
Essie was a devoted mother, homemaker, and housewife. The words homemaker and housewife do not adequately describe the life Essie achieved. She took great joy in her family. The family was everything to her. She enjoyed volunteering her time to her children’s sports and helping other children. Her family was her life and their care and happiness in her vocation. She was a member of the Eastern Star and served as a mission usher.
On April 3, 2017, Essie departed this earthly home and went to receive her reward from the Lord. She is preceded in death by both parents, James F. and Mary Elizabeth Dancer; brothers, Floyd B. Dancer, Farris C. Dancer, James Dancer, and Andrew Lee Dancer; sisters, Lela Mae Whitfield, Johnnie Mary Dancer, Lula Bell Dancer, and Dorothy Jean Dancer; and granddaughter, Faith Danielle Bell.
Left to cherish her memories are sons, Audwin Daniel (Leslie) Shepherd of Houston, Texas, and Lester Shepherd, Sr. of Nacogdoches, Texas; daughter, Sherecia Shepherd of Diboll, Texas; sister, Ruth Faye (Walter) Jetter of New Jersey; six (6) grandchildren, six (6) great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation: Walker & Walker April 7, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Service: Pilgram Rest Baptist Church Palestine, TX April 8, 2017, 11:00 AM
Interment: Golden Gate Cemetery Grapeland, TX