2009-10-08 / Obituaries


William Clay Sheffield Jr., 86, of Montgomery died Oct. 3, 2009.

He was born Sept. 19, 1923 in Fulton. Upon graduating from Grove Hill High School he immediately joined the armed services and fought in the New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon campaigns of the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 34 years of service and formed Sheffield Survey Service. During his career he served as president of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He was a retired land surveyor.

Survivors include two sons, Blaine (Kathy) Sheffield, Destin, FL, Ned (Janet) Sheffield, Montgomery; one brother, David (Betty) Sheffield, Chatom; one sister, Margie Emmons, Fairhope; six grandchildren, Blaine (Barbie) Sheffield Jr., Kim (Chuck) Whisonant, Eric (Crystal) Sheffield, Brittney Sheffield, William Sheffield, Lauren Sheffield and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Frances Vonciel Fowler Sheffield, his parents, William Clay and Annie Scarbrough Sheffield, three sisters, Ethel Squires, Lillian Andrews, Mildred Starling and a brother, Kermit Sheffield.

The service was Oct. 6 at Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Montgomery Humane Society, 1150 John Overton Drive, Montgomery, AL 36110, Hospice of Montgomery, 1110 Holloway Park, Montgomery, AL 36117 or your favorite charity.

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