Floyd A. Shephard, Sr., age 88, a member of a pioneer Osceola County family, was born on March 8th, 1932 in Campbell Station, Florida. He was the 5th of 6 children to Jim and Flossie Mae (Bryant) Shephard.
Floyd graduated from Osceola High School in 1950 where he received membership to the National Beta Club, Science Club, Athletic Club and The Thespian. He was on the Annual Staff, football and track teams. He also performed in the Junior and Thespian plays. Voted “Most Dependable” male of his class.
On March 16, 1951 Floyd enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps, I Company 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. After participating in three engagements in Korea and a temporary field commission to Sergeant he received an Honorable Discharge as a Corporal on March 15, 1954. During Floyd’s military service he married Cora Lee Jones of Davenport, FL. Floyd and Cora Lee were married for over 64 years until her passing in 2016 and she remained the love of his life to his final day. They had three sons which were raised here in Kissimmee, Florida.
After serving in the U.S. Marines, Floyd returned home to Kissimmee. He was able to get a temporary maintenance job with the U.S. Post Office in Kissimmee. About a year later Floyd was hired full-time as a custodian. Over the years he was promoted and in 1977 Floyd became the 16th Postmaster of the Kissimmee office. Floyd served in that position for over 12 years until his retirement in 1988.
Floyd gave to his community in numerous ways. As an Osceola High School booster to coaching Little League Baseball, from terms as a deacon at First Baptist Church to earning the Paul Harris Fellow Award as a Rotarian. From working during election times for the Supervisor of Elections to being a grand jurist for the U.S. Federal District Court. From volunteering on the Water and Soil Conservation Committee to being a crossing guard for the Kissimmee Police Department. Floyd loved to give back by serving the community and make it a better place.
Outside of his military service, Floyd lived his entire life in Osceola County where he served His God, family, community and country with honor and commitment. Although Floyd’s deteriorating health made it impossible to continuing to serve the community he loved his desire to do so never failed. To quote his senior yearbook motto “My duty is my pleasure”. Floyd’s duty has been fulfilled and the pleasure belongs to those who loved and knew him.
He is survived by his sons; Floyd A. "Buddy" Shephard Jr. (Patricia), Charles David "Chuck" Shephard (Nichole) sister; Vera Campbell (Lester), grandfather of 15 great grandfather of 16.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11 am at the First Baptist Church of Kissimmee with Pastor Tim Wilder officiating followed by full military honors presented by the Osceola County Veterans.
The family is being cared for by CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES 511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741 (407) 847-3188
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