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Grandson of Locals Elected as a Democratic National Delegate
Houston County Courier - August 2008
Terrel J. Shepherd III, grandson of locals Rev. T.J. Shepherd Sr. and late Rev. Betty Byrd-Shepherd and cousin of local legend, Cathline (Precious) Smith, was elected as the Democratic National Delegate for Barack Obama from District Seven in Houston.
Folks in Crockett and Houston County will remember the late Rev. Betty Shepherd who led by example, especially in the political arena, helping citizens register to vote in all elections, and serving on the founding board for the NAACP.
The delegate's grandparents and parents, T.J. Shepherd Jr. and wife Nell Shepherd, have always encouraged their children and grandchildren to get involved in the community and to give back.
"Ultimately Terrel III watched his grandmother serve Jesus Christ and lead others to salvation while serving humanity by fighting for civil rights and human justice," said his sister Alissa Purvis.
"Mother Dear would be so proud of him," she said.
So Shepherd III will travel to Denver, Col. Aug. 25-29 to attend the Democratic National Convention. His wife, Tricia, a registered nurse, will join him in Colorado.
According to Ms. Purvis, when her brother was deciding to run for national delegate, he was told that he didn't have enough experience, didn't have the political connections to run for such an esteemed position and that he should wait.
However, Shepherd III realized that "advice" sounded eerily similar to the recommendations given to another certain person who is currently running for president.
Instead of heeding that counsel, he chose to try anyway. His passion, hope, optimism, enthusiasm, loyalty and the willingness to believe that anything is possible if the self-imposed boundaries are torn down won out.
Shepherd III graduated from the High School of Health Profession in Houston, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in nursing from Prairie View A&M University.
While at PVA&M he pledged with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., a historical black fraternity whose organization is known for its desire to be the beacon of leadership and courage.
He has aspirations to further his career and to serve the people. He quotes the Democratic presidential nominee, "Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things," as his inspiration to get involved in the political arena.