Felix Gerald "Jerry" Shepherd
Hattiesburg, MS - Felix Gerald Shepherd, known to friends and family as "Jerry", passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 surrounded by family at his daughter's residence. He was 69. He was born in Laurel, MS and was a long time resident of Hattiesburg, MS, where he was active in the community as a business man and educator.
He is preceded in death by his parents, J.T. and Margrete Cade Shepherd, as well as three brothers, J.W. Shepherd, Ben Shepherd, and J.T. Shepherd, Jr., and three sisters, Lois Marie Shepherd, Margaret Louise Ekes, and Mildred Louise Shepherd Cash.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Bailey Shepherd, of Hattiesburg, one daughter, Rebecca Margrete Shepherd Sones (Ben), Oak Grove community, five sisters, Hazel Pauline Pope (Buddy) of Theodore, AL, Margaret Ann Chapman of Bessemer, AL, Mavis Joy Jelte of Salt Lake City, UT,
Judith Karen Somers (Wesley) of Panama City, FL, and Lisa Joanne Hammers (Michael) of Conway, AR, three brothers, Roy Harold Shepherd (Judi) of Columbus, MS, Stephen Cedric Shepherd (Eileen) of Spartanburg, S. C., and Walter Mark Ekes of Panama City, FL, and his three grandchildren, Summer Mason Lee, Shelby Brooke Lee, & Bowen Gunner Sones of the Oak Grove community.
He was a graduate of R. H. Watkins High School, where he was a member of DECA. After high school, he went to Mississippi State University where he obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He went on to teach distributive education at Starkville High School before moving to Hattiesburg. He taught distributive education at Hattiesburg High School for several years, then became interested in school administration. He then took a position as assistant principal at Rowan High School, and later moved to Petal High School as assistant principal. In 1992, he became the principal at Petal Middle School where he remained until his retirement in 2004. Around this same time, he and his wife felt a calling to serve the community and opened Main Street Books in downtown Hattiesburg. Still feeling led to work with students to better their education and future, he came out of retirement shortly after in order to consult with the Lumberton School District on ways to better meet education goals. His entire life has been dedicated to preparing children for their future, and helping them make it brighter. He has touched the lives of thousands of students and his legacy will continue to do so.
Visitation will take place at Hulett-Winstead on Wednesday, January 2, 2018 from 5:00-8:00pm, with visitation from 10:00-11:00am Thursday, January 3, 2018 and services following at Court Street United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to, Edwards Street Fellowship-Empty Bowls Fund,1919 Edwards Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.