Maurice Johnson Sheppard
July 21, 1941  -  May 1, 2019

Maurice Johnson Sheppard

Public Viewing
Hart Funeral Home
Friday, May 10, 2019
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Public Viewing
Hart Funeral Home
Thursday, May 9, 2019
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Funeral Service
Hart Funeral Home
Saturday, May 11, 2019
2:00 pm

Maurice Johnson Sheppard the son of Claude Sheppard Sr. and Dollie (Thompson) Sheppard was born July 21, 1941 in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma and fell asleep in death on May 1, 2019 at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 10 days.

Maurice grew up in Ft. Gibson and graduated in 1959 from Ft. Gibson High School. He served in the Army from 1963 -1965. He returned home and met and married Carolyn K. Tarver on August 17, 1970, to this union one baby girl was born Devon Marcia Sheppard. He then attended NSU for a year before getting a job with the City of Tahlequah. He worked for the City of Tahlequah becoming the Superintendent of the Sanitation Department in 1984 where he served until his retirement.

He dedicated his life and was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Maurice served as an elder in the local congregation and enjoyed traveling to other congregations throughout the state giving bible discourses and counted it a privilege to serve as part of the Baptismal Staff for the Circuit Assemblies as he assisted in baptizing many newly dedicated ones to Jehovah. Another privilege he enjoyed was his work as the Bar-B-Que King preparing and serving his smoked meats to all the volunteers at Regional Kingdom Hall Building Construction projects throughout the state.

Maurice enjoyed being outdoors especially if he was hunting, fishing or barbecuing. He loved to cook out and family gatherings meant a lot to him. He traveled the United States playing semi-professional fast pitch softball. Maurice was very generous and was always available to do anything for anybody, after his daily trip to McDonald's. He loved his family dearly, and they always came first in his life. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him as we await his return from asleep in death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Carolyn's brothers whom he raised James Ridgeway and Roy Riggs; his sisters Mae Sheppard, Jean Jackson, Ann Sheppard, Marva Robinson, and Faye Richmond; his brothers Claude Sheppard Jr., Chester Sheppard, and Johnny Sheppard and his sisters-in-law Rachel Sheppard and Dorothy Ann Sheppard.

He is survived by a loving family which includes his wife of 48 years Carolyn Sheppard of the home; his daughter Devon Sheppard of Tahlequah; his sister Verniece Lowe and husband Isaac of Meridian, MS; Carolyn's siblings whom he raised Glenn Riggs of Tahlequah, Calvin Riggs of Tahlequah; Carlette Riggs of Tulsa; sister-in-law Patricia Sheppard of Bakersfield, CA; brother-in-law Herbert Robinson of Meridian, MS, brother-in-law Eddie Belt of Kansas City, MO and brother-in-law Garcia Tarver Jr. and wife Karen of Oklahoma City. A host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive him.

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  1. Rachel Phillips
    Owasso, OK

  2. Colette Jackson
    Page, AZ

    Still love u Uncle Maurice. Much much much love to Devon & K.

  3. Ralph T.Caruthers
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Our Prayers are with you 🙏,Ms.Sheperd&Devon.Just know that without any doubt we will see him again.Let God's Comforting Grace and Mercy keep you now and forever.Matthew5:4.We Love You All..... Ralph T.Caruthers& Caruthers Family.

  4. Jackson/Barajas Family
    Bakersfield, CA

    We will miss his encouraging words....his jokes....his love for his family and the wonderful spiritual support he always offered...We love you family...

  5. Beckie ( Wilson ) Davis
    Muskogee, OK


    So sorry for your loss, love you Me. Devon.

  6. Bob Smith
    Park Hill, OK

    Maurice was such a good man and will be missed by all that ever met him.

  7. Bob Smith
    Park Hill, OK

    Maurice was such a good man, will be missed by all that ever met him.

  8. Wayne chambers
    Tahlequah, OK

    Sorry for y'as loss was great man and friend.

  9. Jason Armontrout
    Canyon Lake, TX

  10. Gina McFarland Champlain
    Tahlequah, OK

    Deepest sympathies to Ms. Carolyn and family from the family of Bob McFarland. Maurice will be dearly missed, he was a very kind and caring man. Love and prayers to his loved ones. May peace surround and comfort you all during your time of sorrow.

  11. Shannon johnson
    Tahlequah, OK

    Rest well uncle Maurice the bbq king

  12. Shawn and Amber Wallace
    Westville, OK

    Didn’t know him very well. But every time i would see him, he had a big smile on his face! One memory that sticks in my mind, at one time my name was Sheppard, and he says to me “oh you a Sheppard too?” I can still hear his voice saying that.

  13. Tanya Comingdeer
    Tahlequah, OK

    Sincere condolences from our family to yours. Mr. Shepherd was a kind man. Sorry for your loss.

  14. Marlene Moore
    Warner, OK

    Devon and Family-
    Prayers and love my dear friend!
    Love you! Marlene Moore

  15. Josh and Anne Raynor
    Astoria, OR

    Maurice was a monumental part of everyone's lives. He was the first one I met after moving from Texas. He was one of the first to hold Anne when she was born and was there in the pool when she was baptized. Not a soul in Tahlequah or around it could rarely say they didnt know who Maurice Sheppard was. He's left an incredible void in all of our lives. Our deepest condolences and love to you all. Until we see him again soon...

  16. McDowell Family
    Tahlequah, OK

    Rest in Peace Maurice. You was a nice man you always had a smile on your face and always kidding around :) . You will truly be missed by family and friend.

  17. Tenisha Barnes
    Sapulpa, OK

    My heart is very heavy uncle Maurice you will be greatly missed for my cousin Devon and aunt Kay I pray Jehovah gives you strength and peace in your time of sorrow.

  18. Rana Amaya
    Oklahoma CityYoy, OK

  19. Samuel and Karen Portis
    Tulsa, OK

    We are deeply saddened by your loss , Maurice was a beautiful person he loved and cared for everyone we will miss his beautiful hugs and loving kindness our prayers are with the family !

  20. Ada Cannonie
    Stilwell The, OK

    The Tahlequah community lost an awesome man. Always willing to help others. My prayers for strength and comfort to Carolyn and family during this difficult time.

  21. Valerie Saylor
    Denver, CO

    My heart hurts for you all, love your whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. The pain can be so sharp, but I take comfort in knowing it won’t be long. Hugs from far away💔

  22. Kathy Carter
    Little Rock, AR

  23. Garcia Tarver III (Trey)
    San Antonio, TX

  24. Mcdowell family
    Tahlequah, OK

    God called you home ,no more pain and no more suffering.I will miss seeing your smiling face and the awesome barbeque you cooked .Our condolences goes to the family at this hurtful time.

  25. Crystal Rucker
    Tahlequah, OK

    R.I.P. Maurice..glad I got to know you. Prayers to the family. Good man gone home! ❤

  26. Barbara Roeder
    Tahlequah, OK

    He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.

  27. Rosalyn OBrien and Yvonne Cain
    Bakersfield, CA

    We will miss our cousin. Always positive, kind and loving. We didn’t get to see you often but always enjoyed your company when we did. We will miss your smile and your jovial personality. Look forward to seeing you and others in Paradise.

  28. Terrill White
    Muskogee, OK

    Prayers for the family during this time. God bless each one of you.

  29. Sharron Pertiford
    St.Louis, MO

    My buddy is gone, but suffering no more. What a great man and a true example. You treated me like your daughter. To my Devon and Ms. Caroline I send you sincere condolences from the Pettiford Family. You all are very dear to us, and we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers . He is resting with God now.

  30. Corinthians Nelson
    Tahlequah, OK

    A thousand words won't bring you back, I know because I've tried; neither will a million tears, I know because I've cried.
    Rest in Peace Uncle Maurice.. I love you. your niece Corinthians

  31. Willa Ketcher
    Tahlequah, OK

    My condolences

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