Louis O. "Lent" Sheffield, 76, of Blackshear, passed away Friday morning, June 7, 2019, at Harborview Satilla in Waycross.

Born in Waycross July 3, 1942, he had lived in Flatwoods, KY for several years before returning to Pierce County in 1992. He retired from CSX Transportation where he had been a welder. He decided to go back to work for Trinity Rails from which he also retired. He loved all animals, especially his chickens and dogs, and enjoyed gardening. He was an Atlanta Braves fan and a big Georgia Bulldog fan. He was of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was a son of the late Lewis Green and Lessie Lenora Hubbard Sheffield.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Juliette Williams Sheffield; a son, Gary Godwin; two grandchildren, Ricky “Little Ricky” Sheffield Jr. and Mandy Dempsey and his sister, Shirley Crawford.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and William Peacock, Blackshear; his son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Angela Sheffield, Blackshear; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Lynn Sheffield, Blackshear and Benjy and Patsy Sheffield, Hahira; seven grandchildren, Niki Peacock, Lindsay and Harrison Carter, Will  and Michelle Peacock, Austin Bryan, Heather and James Dixon, Ciara and Tim Varnadore, and Seth and Nigeria Bryan; 12 great-grandchildren, Hunter Williams, Eli Dixon, Audrey Varnadore, Jackson Peacock, Brystol Dixon, Evvie Varnadore, Riley Ruis, Emily Bryan, Charlotte Varnadore, Khiri Bryan, Natalie Varnadore and Katie Dempsey and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will be in the Kettle Creek Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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