Marcellus Mot Shepard was born June 23, 1932, in Long Branch, Texas to MC Shepard and Rozilla. He was the 3rd born of 5 children. Marcellus received his education from Carthage Texas Elementary School and graduated from Carthage High School.
Marcellus accepted Christ at an early age. He fellowshipped with Shady Grove Baptist Church under the pastoralship of Pastor Frank Simpson. Marcellus found his church home First Missionary Baptist Church in Banning, CA under the leadership of Pastor Damon Allen.
Marcellus met Willie Mae Pitts in the early 60s and the couple got married. They had one daughter together Lucy M. Pitts. Marcellus and Willie would later resolve their marriage. Marcellus would later met Ora Lee Kimbrough and the happy couple got married and they became a blended family with Shirlene Anderson.
Marcellus was a Carpet Installer and was part of the Laborers Union Local where he finally retired from.
Marcellus was very loving, with a kind heart that was always willing to give. He had a great sense of humor with playing jokes on you and always had a smile that could light up a room. Marcellus had a love for children and loved to catch a game of dominoes with his friends and family.
Marcellus loved to attend family gatherings and in his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports on his television such as football (Rams) and basketball (Lakers).
Marcellus was a loud, loving, kind giving man who always had a smile. Children will remember him for his smile, hugs and always giving gifts of candy and money. He was even known to even go against their parent’s wishes and find away to sneak it to them.
Marcellus was called home to be with the Lord. On January 25, 2021, Marcellus passed away at San Gorgonio Hospital in Banning, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents Mc Rozilla; 1st wife Willie Pitts; 2nd wife Ora Lee Kimbrough; daughter Shirlene Anderson; brothers Prentis and Homer Shepard; step-dad Mike Walls; six-brothers; three step-sisters; grandson Tamond Smith and one great-grandson Trejean Williams.
He leaves to cherish his memories, step-daughter Lucy Smith of Banning, CA; sisters: Hallie Pellum, Dorothy Pellum both of Houston, TX; brother Ogreatis Walls of Clayton, TX; God-given brother Ray Shepard of Beaumont, CA; grandchildren: Stevie Anderson of Carthage, TX, Stevie and Gregory Anderson of Long View, TX, Deon Anderson of Tyler, TX, Deborah Washington, Mario Montgomery, Carlton Smith, Sheldon Smith of Banning, CA, Terry Owens of Jarrell, TX, Timmy Montgomery of Downy, CA and Danetra (Neki) Smith of Fontana, CA; 29 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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