Thomas E. Shepperson

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September 29,2020

Thomas “Sheppie” E. Shepperson, 86, passed away peacefully in Drums at the home of his beloved daughter, following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Danville, son of Ralph B. and Esther Van Art Shepperson. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Dr. Geraldine Shepperson; sisters, Esther Mae Andrews, Evelyn Bailey, and Carol Shepperson; a brother; Ralph B. Shepperson Jr.; brother-in-law, Dr. James B. Stish; and son-in-law Robert G. Stetz.

Sheppie graduated Danville as an AP and UPI All-State football team and National High School All-American team player. He also excelled as a baseball player, where he was offered contracts by the Washington Senators, Phillies, Giants, and Pirates but passed them up to accept a college scholarship. He also played basketball. He was honored as one of the “Greatest Ironmen Basketball Players Ever” in 1973. He graduated from Elon University in North Carolina, where he maintained a lifelong friendship with the "Varney Pack." He spent over 50 years as an accountant for many local companies.

Sheppie was a good man, one we should all aspire to be like. He would help his fellow man daily. He is remembered by his neighbors on the four to the seven-block neighborhood of North Church Street by shoveling their sidewalks every winter. He had a work ethic comparable to none. That drive and respect were evident in every thread of his life; his family, garden, money, and cars were all meticulously taken care of. Thomas E. Shepperson was a beautiful, humble man who, most importantly, always made you smile.

He leaves behind his devoted, loving daughter, Lisamarie Stetz; his pride and joy grandchildren Annie and Basil Stetz; sister Clara Gustin; sisters-in-law, Marie Rossi, Dr. Kathleen Veglia, and Jeanie Stish; brothers-in-law, Ron Rossi, Dr. Anthony Veglia, Bob Gustin, and Thomas Stish; cousins Fred and Joe Shepperson along with many nieces and nephews. He thanks the following angels, Shelly Poluka, Joanne Merola, Sue Wolk, Terri Dinkelacker, and Buena Compion.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 2nd, at 10 A.M. in Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hazleton. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums. Covid-19 restrictions will be in place.

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