History of the Restoration Movement

Jack Dillard Epperson


Source: Times Daily

Obituary for Jack D. Epperson

Jack D. Epperson, age 96, of Florence, passed away June 8, 2021. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 12, from 11:00 a.m. until noon at Williams Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at noon in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Winston Memory Gardens in Haleyville, AL.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Vera Epperson; son, Jack Epperson, Jr.; brother, Mack Epperson; sister, Eddy Jean Hamrick; and two nephews and a niece.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Margaret Epperson; children, Edward Epperson, Robert Skipworth Comer (Karen), and Elaine Comer Shay (Robert); grandchildren, Robert Comer, Lydia Comer, Rachel Comer, Christopher Shay and Meghan Shay; and special niece, Cheri Flynn (Dorian).

Jack was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 8th Army Air Force. He was a waist gunner on a B24 bomber and flew out of the same airfield as the Memphis Belle with Jimmy Stewart. He was later a member of the occupational force in Berlin.

Jack was a scoutmaster in Haleyville in his earlier years and was the scoutmaster of Troop 78 at Mars Hill for many years. He retired after 42 years as an engineer with ICG Railroad. During his life, he was very active in mission work in Guyana and the Carribean Islands, building several churches and training ministers, and after retirement, became the minister for Kilburn Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and golfing, often shooting his age and got three holes in one during his life. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The family would like to express their appreciation to his caregivers, Stella Roberson, Della Foret and Brenda Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Florence Help Center.

Source: https://www.timesdaily.com/obituaries/jack-epperson/article_d7df3c1c-1ccb-5ab7-8c2d-fe25f4922e6e.html

Note: The above obituary speaks little of Jack and Margaret Epperson's involvement in churches of Christ. Jack grew up in the church and was always considered a leader. For years they were involved with the work at International Bible College (now Heritage Christian University.)

Haleyville Newspaper Clipping

The Advertiser Journal, Haleyville, Alabama
Thursday, February 12, 1931, p.9

The Advertiser Journal, Haleyville, Alabama
Thursday, August 12, 1943, p.1

The Birmingham News, Birmingham, Alabama
Tuesday, March 12, 1957, p. 29

Birmingham Post Herald, Birmingham, Alabama
Tuesday, December 3, 1957, page 4

Daily Northwest Alabamian, Haleyville, Alabama
Wednesday, June 19, 1963, page 4

Directions To Grave

Mack Epperson is buried in the Winston Memorial Cemetery in Haleyville, Alabama, in the Garden of the Cross section. Haleyville is located somewhat off the beaten track. From Interstate 65 go to Cullman and take the Hwy 278 Exit and head west. When you get to Double Springs, turn right on Hwy. 195. Go about 13 miles and the cemetery will be on your left. You have to enter from a side road. Once entering, look for the section with the big cross in it. Once getting to that section look to the right, back toward Hwy. 195. The Epperson's plot is in the small triangle section just behind the Winston Memorial Cemetery sign.

GPS Location
34°15'21.6"N 87°33'35.7"W
or D.d. 34.256000,-87.559913

Jack Dillard Epperson
Born June 3, 1925
Passed Away: June 8, 2021

Photos Taken April 12, 2022
Webpage produced 05.31.2022
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

Special Recognition: Thanks to my first cousin Angie McClure for assisting me in locating the graves of Jack and his twin brother Mack Epperson. We visited this, basically, our home cemetery in April, 2022 to put flowers on the graves of some of our family members now buried there. Several gospel preachers are buried here, W. C. Quillen, Stubby George, my cousin Steve Martin, and someday my dad and probably me. It was my privilege to know Jack and Margaret Epperson. Margaret taught women's courses at International Bible College (now Heritage Christian University) in Florence, Alabama when Jenny and I were students there in the mid to late 1980s. Our brief interactions from time to time with Jack were most meaningful. Unfortunately, I never knew Jack and I were from the same hometown. Since his passing, I've come to learn that he, and Mack I'm sure, grew up with and worked with my great uncle James H. Turner. Both worked as engineers on Illinois Central Railroad out of the Haleyville shop, and worked with my great grandfather, Stonewall Turner, who was a conductor, as well as with my grandfather, Paul Ralph Harp.


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