Alva Paul Sheppard went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2020. He was born March 27, 1934 to the late Wille and Pauline Sheppard in Freeport Island, New York. He was raised in the community of San Domingo by his grandparents, the late Sherman and Bessie Brown. He loved his grandparents, but Mom Bessie was his heart.
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Alva attended and graduated from the former Salisbury High School and attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He then went on to serve in the United States Army for twenty-five years. He was a member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church in Columbia, Delaware.
While serving in the Army, Alva met and married Barbara Hammond, this union was blessed with five children, Paul, Pierre, Marie, Derrick and Julia. Alva was also the father of Alvie and Joyce. He traveled the world with his family living in France, Germany, and Spain and finally settling in Willingboro, New Jersey.
After Alva and Barbara parted ways, their children aged into adults and Alva found his way back home to the community of San Domingo. He then met Bernadette Cannady and they remained companions until his death.
Alva led a very private life, although he will be remembered by classmates as the classmate with all the jokes. His church family will remember his beautiful singing voice and his willingness to help those in need. Alva never forgot his comrades lost during the war and was a proud member of Sharptown American Legion Post #269.
He leaves to mourn his passing: his children, Paul Sheppard , Pierre Sheppard (Cedell) , Marie Sheppard, Julia Robertson (Roosevelt), Joyce Brown, all of Palmyra, NJ, Derrick Sheppard (Vina) of Philadelphia, PA, and Alvie Grimes of Willingboro, NJ; two foster sisters, Reverend Anna Jean Williams of Durham, NC and Bernadette Austin (Randolph) of Chesapeake, VA; companion, Bernadette Cannady of San Domingo, MD. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins and friends.