Bobby Sheppard Obituary (1937-2021) – Cordele, GA

Bobby Gene Sheppard
December 12, 1937 – November 5, 2021
Cordele, Georgia – Anyone who knew Bobby Shepard will miss his warm, bright smile, laugh, and rock-solid reliability. Bobby was born in Bleckley County, Georgia, to Mildred and Melvin Shepard on December 12, 1937, and was the firstborn of three children on the Shepard Farm.
Bobby raised row crops and livestock with his father at a young age. The coveted Farmall Cub from 1947 was his first tractor. He remained a farmer all his life. Bobby’s banking career began in 1965 at Cook Bank in Cochran, Georgia. In 1972 he became vice president of Planters Bank in Hawkinsville, Georgia. In 1986, Cordele Bank named Bobby its fifth president in 60 years of community service. He oversaw the bank’s new ownership and name change to Planters First Bank. Bobby made real estate and arboriculture his main focus after retiring from banking in 2011.
Bobby met the love of his life, Roslyn Carr, at Future Farmers of America summer camp in Covington, Georgia. They courted and later married on September 21, 1957. Roslyn and Bobby welcomed their only child, Pamela Robin, on November 23, 1958. Bobby fondly remembered family dinners and weekly visits to Roslyn’s mother, “Mama” and “Mr. Jimmy.” “. , Roslyn’s father. “Mama” had the secret recipe of hand-baked cookies, fruit cakes and loving hugs. Bobby admired “Mr. Jimmy” as a hardworking worker and an exemplary, devoted father.
Bobby’s love and pride were in his family. His deeds and joys were proof that he was preoccupied with life. His belief was his foundation. His grandson Ian was Bobby’s shining star.
Bobby graduated from Cochran High School, the University of Georgia, and the Banking School of the South at Louisiana State University. Banking was his profession for 50 years. Bobby began his banking career as a cashier who kept handwritten transaction books on a daily basis. Throughout his career, Bobby admired, respected, and valued each of his customers and employees; he showed his appreciation for her by reciprocating her loyalty in kind. He inspired solid management and banking practices. For over three decades he was the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Planters First Bank, as well as the chairman of a private banking holding company that owned several medium-sized banks.
An active community leader in many roles. Cordele was Bobby and Roslyn’s home. Bobby served Cordele through the Rotary Club, the Board of Directors of the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce, Sunday School Teacher and Deacon of the First Baptist Church, the Crisp Industrial Development Council, the Board of Directors of Crisp Regional Hospital, and as a Freemason at Cordelia Masonic Lodge # 296. He was a mentor and committee chair with the GA Banker’s Association.
Bobby preceded his wife Roslyn in death; his mother, Mildred Giddens Shepard; and his father, Melvin D. Shepard; his brother Melvin (“Ronnie”) D Shepard, Jr .; and stepmother Evelyn Self Shepard. Bobby leaves fond memories with his daughter Pam (David Addleton), Franklin, North Carolina; his grandson Ian Cope (Natalie Ott), Ft. Bliss, El Paso TX; his stepdaughter; Adriana Addleton (Arie Van Willigen) and Alexandra Addleton, Atlanta GA; his sister Patricia (William E. Sapp); and stepsister Marcia (William Manning), Cochran, GA; and many relatives, friends and acquaintances.
The funeral service will take place on Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral service chapel of the Rainey family. The burial takes place in the Pulaski-Bleckley Memorial Gardens in Cochran, Georgia.
Arrangements are made by Rainey Family Funeral Services. An online registry is available at

Published by The Telegraph on November 7, 2021.

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