2017-11-08 / Obituaries

Dawn Shepard

On Nov. 2, 2017, Dawn Phillips Shepard went Home after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 57 years old.

Born July 12, 1960, in Colquitt, Ga., Dawn was the daughter of Milton and Ella Phillips. An adventurous little girl, she spent her time playing on the family farm with cousins and putting on performances for her parents with her brothers, Ken and Guerry. She graduated from Southwest Georgia Academy in 1978 and attended both Georgia Southwestern State University and Troy University to earn a Masters in Elementary Education.

As a kindergarten teacher for most of her 30 years in education, “Miss Dawn” was passionate about teaching and making each student feel loved. She continued to support her students as they became adults which is evident by the large number of students that now consider her a dear friend.

Dawn was active in volunteerism and community service, serving in the Beta Sigma Phi women’s service sorority in Colquitt and organizing countless St. Jude Bike-a-thons, among other activities, throughout her life. She was a lifetime member of Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church where she played the piano.

Dawn was a kindhearted person who made every stranger she met feel like a friend. Even during her nearly fouryear battle with cancer, she chose to look at the positives, rely on her faith and find a way to love those around her who were fighting similar battles. During her time at Arlington Cancer Center in Texas, she gained lifelong friends among the fellow patients, nurses, doctors and staff. Her smile and joyful spirit illuminated every room she entered.

The pride of her life was her two children — Brittany Dawn and Stephen Blake Shepard. Her first grandchild Bennett is due any day, and she did everything she could to spoil him before she left. Of all her roles, “Mama” and “Fancy” were her favorites.

Dawn is survived by her father, Milton Phillips of Colquitt; brother, Ken Phillips of Colquitt; brother, Guerry Phillips and wife Janice of Dawson, Ga.; one daughter, Brittany Shepard of Dothan, Ala.; and a son, Blake Shepard and wife Laura of Colquitt; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, her puppy Anniebelle and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella Griffin Phillips, and best friend, Wanda Robertson Martin.

A celebration of Dawn’s life was held Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Colquitt with Rev. William Smith and Rev. Walter Daniels officiating. Visitation was immediately preceding the service at 2 p.m. Burial followed at Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Trey Phillips, Cayce Phillips, Trevor Phillips, Brandon Phillips, Dane Shepard and Pete Snyder serving as active pall bearers.

Honorary pall bearers were Michael Williams, George Williams, Steve Long, Phil Long, Mark Williams, David Williams, Randy Josey, Tim Gibson, Chris Wilkin and Jesse Hester.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Genomic Medicine Fund set up by Dr. Karel Dicke to provide financial assistance for patients, like Dawn, who receive innovative treatments. For more information or to donate, visit www.arlingtoncancercenter.com/you r-community/genomicmedicine fund.

Colquitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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