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Mrs. Rosa Lee & Mr. Esau Sheppard


"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."        John 14: 1-3    

     This is the story of Esau and Rosa Lee Sheppard. Esau and Rosa Lee were loved, and together they both are missed and will always be cherished. They were a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, an uncle and an aunt. Some would describe Esau as stubborn and outspoken, but he would do anything for anyone. He loved to joke and had an exaggerated sense of humor. Rosa Lee was the most loving, kind, considerate person we knew. She was patient and nurturing, very well-known in the community. Esau & Rosa Lee were “best friends” and happily married for forty-six years. 

     Esau was born November 27, 1950 in Yemassee, SC to the late Samuel Greene and Rosa Sheppard. He received his education at the Colleton County Public Schools. During his early life, he served in the U.S. Army. Subsequently, he worked at Piccadilly in Miami, Florida as a cook. He later worked as a self-employed carpenter for many years throughout the states. Esau died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at his home.  

     Rosa Lee was born April 18, 1952 in Colleton County to the late Lucille Richard-Brown and Josh Brown. She also received her education at the Colleton County Public Schools. During her life, she worked at Verstra Sewing Industry as a seamstress for many years. Later, she retired as a bus driver with Walterboro High School. Rosa Lee died on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Colleton County Medical Center. Esau and Rosa Lee are preceded by their daughter Samara Sheppard.

  All of their beautiful grandchildren lovingly referred to them as “Grandaddy” and “Grandma.”  They loved their family, especially their children and grandchildren.. Esau's favorite hobbies were cooking, fishing, hunting and being outdoors. He will be remembered for riding his lawnmower and four wheeler throughout Brick Chimney.  Rosa Lee had many interests throughout her life, but one of her favorite hobbies was traveling with her family. She enjoyed playing games on her phone and spending quiet evenings talking on the phone with her children. Rosa Lee, often referred to as “Wee-Wee” will be remembered for being great with predicting lucky numbers. Rosa Lee's pleasant personality was contagious to everyone that she met and Esau’s personality was unforgettable to everyone that he met. 

Together they leave to cherish their memories: Three children; Vickie (Troy Nigel) Brown, Rock Hill, SC, Tonya (Dwayne) Salley, Walterboro, SC and Antonio Brown, Charleston, SC: Eight Grandchildren; Ja’Keriah Sheppard, Antonio Brown, Jr., Dwayne Salley Jr., Abrianna Salley, Troy N Brown II, Troyana B. Brown, Jhaheem Wright and JaNiyah Wright: along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Esau also leaves to cherish: one sister Helen Sheppard (Rodger) Bowers, Yemassee, SC; two brothers Osungbemi Olaseni (Odutolami Adaramola), Danville, VA, Rev. John (Sarah) Washington, Yemassee, SC; Aunt: Betty (Julius) Bright, Walterboro, SC: 

Rosa Lee also leaves to cherish her memories: Special like a sister/daughter,  Sandra (Tommy) Dacus; Sisters: Yvonne (Ulysses) Green, Charlotte, NC, Jessie Mae (Leon) Bryan, Round O, SC, Margie Rodgers, Philadelphia, PA; Brother Cleveland (Shelia) Brown, Walterboro, SC; Aunt: Lorraine Dickerson, Philadelphia PA. 

As service arrangements have been updated; (Please note that a facial covering will be required prior to entering facilities and for all services.)

On behalf of this family we humbly and graciously, solicit all prayers of consolation as this family copes and grieves during this difficult time.

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September 17, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Koger's Mortuary Service
508 South Jefferies Blvd
Walterboro, SC 29488

Graveside Service
September 18, 2021

2:00 PM
Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery
Brick Chimney Lane
Yemassee,, SC 29945

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