Wanda

October 21, 1954 ~ February 16, 2022

Born in: Nashville, TN
Resided in: Glasgow, KY

Wanda Lawrence Sheppard passed away February 16, 2022. She was born in Nashville, TN, on October 21, 1954 to the late Herschel Patton and the late Willie Merle O’Neill Lawrence.
She is survived by her children Alisha (Ron) Reeves and Joshua (Aimie) Markham; her grandchildren Sam Richardson, Drew Richardson, Megan Reeves Graham (Scott), AnnaCaite Markham, Maggie Markham, Miles Markham and Miller Markham; her brothers Billy (Dawnelle) Lawrence and Phillip Lawrence, her sister Patsy Lawrence; her niece, Sarah Lawrence (Jeff Willner); as well as numerous friends and acquaintances all around the world.

In her time on earth she worked in international business, earned her pilot license, helped others manage their businesses, traveled and followed her passion of playing music. As a talented guitarist, song writer, pianist and vocalist, she often could be seen performing with friends or volunteering at a local memory care facility.

She loved nothing more than seeing her children, their families, her siblings and her friends happy while involved in the things they loved. She was always supportive in word and deed.

Throughout her life Wanda studied the scriptures and pursued Jesus. She enjoyed trips to Israel to walk where Jesus walked. She prayed feverishly for her family and friends. Her final days were filled with scripture and hymns as she prepared to enter the Kingdom.

The family would like to thank the staffs of TJ Samson Oncology, Amedisys Home Health, the staff at Norton Hospital of Louisville, TJ Samson Hospice, and the staff at the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home for the amazing care provided.

The family will have a private gathering at her home in Glasgow, KY. A gathering for friends and family will take place in Franklin,TN at a later date. A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Those who wish to honor Wanda are simply asked to do something that she would do. Take an extra minute out of your day to lift someone up. Buy someone a meal. Spend some time at a care facility cheering up those who suffer. Sing a song. Plant some flowers. Pray for one another.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity or to the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home, 131 North Race St, Glasgow, KY. or FONAC (Fellowship of Native American Christians) PO Box 492, Sapulpa, OK 74067

A.F. Crow & Son is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Ms.Sheppard

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  1. I was blessed to have met Wanda and visit in her home for an unforgettable time of worship. Blessings on her family.

    “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!””‭‭ Revelation‬ ‭14:13‬ ‭

  2. What a wonderful warm person. Always bubbly and smiles.I met Wanda when she use to play at the Bungunut Pig. Soo sorry. Parts to family.🙏🙏.

  3. Our dear Wanda! What a loss but such a gain for Heaven. The energy and love Wanda exuded was like a bright light shining through. She will be missed! Her love of family, flowers, music and yes, even chickens! What a talented and amazing human being!
    We will miss you, Wanda!

  4. The world is a little less today… less bright, less colorful, less shiny because Wanda is not here anymore. She was one of the most welcoming, friendly and inclusive person to me when I moved to Franklin. I will be forever grateful to have known Wanda, just wish we had more time together. Wanda will grace Heaven with her warm spirit, bright smile and effervescent personality. Heaven is a lot more today. ❤️❤️❤️

  5. I first met Wanda when i arrived in Nashville 2013. She was so welcoming and made feel like i belonged. We played music together and talked. RIP my friend.

  6. Prayers for Wanda’s family. She was an awesome lady and I am glad we met many years ago. She will be missed.

  7. Prayers to Wanda’s family. She is dancing with the angels, those she lived among here on earth. While she will be missed here, she is home with Jesus. Stay blessed

  8. Our loss was Heaven’s gain. I will miss Wanda so much. Sending love and prayers up for Alisha and the entire family.

  9. My heart is breaking…we met and grew up in church together about 55 years ago . We have stayed in touch through FB and through high school functions . Heaven just got a beautiful and the most talented angel! My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family . She will truly be missed . Rest In Peace my dear, sweet friend …❤️🙏

  10. Our most joyous cousin! Wanda was always a bright light in our family. We will miss her, but know she is in heaven with her mama and daddy, playing the music she loved.

  11. I’m just absolutely stunned to hear this news! Wanda was the first friend I remember in my earliest childhood memories. Our mothers were dear friends. It is so “Wanda” not to tell anyone about her diagnosis so we wouldn’t worry!! May all of those that loved her find comfort in what Billy Graham said. “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

  12. It was when we lost our son David, you reached out to us, bringing comfort with your kindness. We cannot forget your genuine warm smile, what a sweet blessing to everyone who knew you! RIP sweet angel. ❤

  13. Chris and I will always treasure that Wanda invited us on and funded our first trip to Israel. She was a warm and affirming human and we know she is basking in the presence of our Lord.
    Take your rest sister- see you soon.

  14. I met Wanda one night while she was singing with her band at the Bunganut Pig in Franklin, TN. My fiancé and I had the best time and we ultimately asked her if they ever played weddings. That night we exchanged numbers and began talking about her being our wedding band. She made our reception so special. Played long over when they were supposed to be done and just loved us so well with her gift of music. I have enjoyed following her on Facebook all these years and am so sorry to hear of her loss to those she left behind. I have no doubt she is rejoicing and singing in heaven right now. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute and know I will take to heart the charge given at the end. Lifting you all up from South Carolina.

  15. I was blessed to know Wanda the short time I did. Always smiling, upbeat, positive, kind hearted, and one of the most talented persons I have ever known. My prayers and sympathy go out to her family and friends.

  16. Wanda was one of my favorite friends in Franklin. I knew her only a short time but her light was greatly felt. No we I miss her doubly.

  17. Oh my heart is so broken 💔 So many memories,We meet in the 70s raised our girls Christy and Alesha togetherSang so many many songs together.Always going to sing together again ,and we will one sweet day ,oh my friend,never another like you ,so giving ,loving and humble ,the Franklin folks call her Rock Star ,,and that she was .I will forever cherish our friendship,your faith was so strong .One of the most beautiful ladies ,inside and out .
    I love you Wanda I’ll be seeing you again .
    To Alesha and Josh and those beautiful descendants,,,all the family and friends God’s peace carry you through.
    Always in our hearts,so thankful I had you in my life.

  18. Dear family,
    Isaiah 40:31 has become a favorite verse of mine. It reminds me of the great power we have through knowing God our Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

    “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

    Evidently the way Wanda lived was a wonderful example of this. I wish I had known her better.

    (Your cousin, Nancy “O’Neill” Wilson)

  19. I played music with Wanda for most of the last 10 years as a member of our band Cruel Shoes. She was certainly a joy to make music with an a crowd favorite as she brought tremendous energy to our shows. Wanda will certainly be missed by all those who loved her.

  20. Rock Star Wanda gave her joy and music to the residents and families in Memory Care at Belvedere Commons in Franklin. I had the privilege to be “Roady” to my dear Bill every week. Wanda would tell me the key of Harmonica to give Bill and then she would strum the chord. We sang Kansas City, Amazing Grace and so many more while Wanda and Bill played. Bill loved the opportunity, Wanda loved Bill, and I loved her gift to both of us. My Bill died of dementia in 2016. We had many fun lunches at the Bunganut Pig until Wanda moved to Kentucky.

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