Class of 1974

In Memory of Al Shepherd

Farewell old friend, classmate, teammate and brother, Al Shepherd

From the time I met you back on the football field of Druid Hills in 1970, I knew that it was something about you that I liked! It didn’t take long for me to realize that we both like hitting anyone who ran our way on the football field! I can remember those wonder days like it was yesterday! Back when we were young, strong, handsome, and a nature-hitting machine of the football fields! As I shed a tear for you because you are my friend, I know that you are with our LORD! And of more importance, I know that we will see each other again in Heaven and maybe we can play some football there again; because in Heaven them is no more pain! I know we all have got to leave this world one day and I have been trying to get a great relationship with my LORD, so Jesus can leave me to Heaven when my time comes!

Give me a moment to reflect on that great year we had playing the best defense we could play back in our 1973-1974 football (9 and 1 winning) season. On the line, we had me (Al Key), big hitting machine (Mike Cutting), big boy (Pete Hall), and mean Joe (Richard Fears). Playing line backer were my buddies Glenn Bourgeois, Al Shepherd, Dennis Yarbrough and Tom Stubbs. Playing cornerback was Richard McDermott, sometimes me (Al Key), and Pat Kelley. Playing safety was fast running Tripp Child and my good friend Cary Ulman. As good as we were on defense, I knew it was the scoring of the great one (Tommy Southard) and the swift Keith Honeycutt and the glue that made the wishbone work (David Adams), plus the great offense lines and ends like Randy Tanner that made the Druid Hills football team great that year!

Please accept my condolences, Shepherd family and we are praying for your family that God will comfort you in your time of sorrow! Al Shepherd will be missed by all of his high school classmates, football teammates, and friends!

Jesus said in Mathew 5:12---(12) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is the Reward in Heaven.
In John 14: 26-27, Jesus said—(26) But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (27) Peace I leave with you, my piece I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid.

Please Lord; bless the Shepherd Family!

The class of 1974

Al "RE-BO" Key, #33