Eppie's Story

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Eppie Sheard Anderson was born in Suwannee County, Florida on September 12, 1920, the ninth of eleven children born to the late Anthony and Georgia Sheard.
Mrs. Anderson confessed Christ in 1933 under the leadership of the late Rev. J.H. Young and joined the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, where she served well over 50 years in many capacities. Her church service included the Trustee Board, president of Stewardess Board Number Three, Sunday School secretary and teacher and as a member of Choir Number One. Mrs. Anderson passed on old church customs such as age-old art of making unleavened bread for communion. In 1979, she was featured in a Suwannee Democrat Newspaper article as she demonstrated this skill.
Mrs. Anderson was educated in the public schools of Suwannee County and was a 1941 graduate of Douglass High School. After high school, she attended classes at Edward Waters College and Florida Normal & Technical College. She also completed extension classes at Bethune Cookman College and Florida A&M University. Mrs. Anderson taught school in the Newburn Community and worked for many years as a substitute teacher throughout Suwannee County.
An expert seamstress, Mrs. Eppie stitched clothing and costumes for numerous area residents, including dresses for entire wedding parties. She also worked at the Jasper Laundry, doing alterations for many years. Her community service included membership in the local NAACP branch, Voters League Chapter, the Douglass Alumni Reunion Committee, and she held a current membership in the Douglass Alumni Association.
She met and was united in holy matrimony to Mr. A.J. ("Buster") Anderson who preceded her in death.
She departed this life at home on Friday, June 9, 2017.
She leaves to mourn her passing: three nieces, Betty Hollaway and Suzanne Alexander of Atlanta, GA, Barbara Alexander of Yokusura, Japan; one nephew, Herbert Alexander of Detroit, MI; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Allie Jenkins of Live Oak, FL, a host of grand and great-grand nieces and nephews and other relatives, special friends, Mr. Tom Thomas of Plant City, FL and Susan Ford and many other sorrowful friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. Rev. Charles Graham Pastor, Rev. Charles Burke Officiating.
Bennie Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of all the arrangements.
Published on June 15, 2017
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