|12330 Conway Road||Director: Wayne Sparkman|
|St. Louis, MO 63141||Email: [email protected]|
"...preserving your witness to God's grace..."
|Flournoy Shepperson, Sr., D.D.|
|[10 January 1883 - 15 January 1966]|
|Parents: Father, Joel Alexander S.; m, Lucetta Cheatham|
|Birthplace: Columbus, AR|
Spouse: Nellie McGill, 16 January 1912, Camden, AR
|Children: Flournoy, Jr.; Samuel G.; George; Fanelle|
|Undergraduate Education: BA, Arkansas College|
|Graduate Education: BD, Union Theological Seminary, VA, 1908; DD, Arkansas College, 1919|
|Ministry: Flournoy Shepperson was licensed and ordained in July of 1917 by the Ouchita Presbytery of the Southern Presbyterian Church [PCUS]. His first pastorate was in a yoked ministry to the Presbyterian|
churches of Magnolia and Mt. Holly, Arkanasas, serving in this capacity
from 1908 to 1911. Rev. Shepperson next pastored the Monticello, AR Presbyterian
church from 1911 to 1920 and then the Purity Presbyterian Church of Chester,
SC from 1921 - 1925. His last pastorate in the PCUS was with the Second
Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC, serving there from 1925 to 1940.
He then withdrew from the Southern Presbyterian Church in 1940 and united
with the Bible Presbyterian Synod, while his brother David remained within
From the Memorial read at the 144th General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (page 54):
Dr. Shepperson was among those who very early sensed the rising tide of unbelief in his own Presbyterian denomination and took a strong stand against it. It was under his leadership thatt there was formed a new Presbyterian church in his own city of Greenville, South Carolina, completely separated from apostasy, which church has grown to be one of the largest and most influential churches of our Synod.
Dr. Shepperson was an able and faithful preacher of the Word of God. He possessed a sense of humor that often brightened and enlivened his messages. This he did not lose even in that period of ill health that preceded his death. Many of us can testify to the rich blessing of his ministry from our own pulpits. Those of us who knew him intimately can also testify to his deep devotion to his Lord and to the consequent blessing always experienced in fellowship with him.
We are all aware of the fact that our loss is his great gain. We know that for him to depart this earthly life was to immediately be with Christ, which is far better. We believe that he could honestly echo the words of the great apostle, "to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
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