Former Mayor Dies
From Staff Reports
The Americus Times-Recorder
A former mayor and long
supporter of the arts in Sumter County, Johnny Sheffield,
80, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009, at his
Graveside services will be
conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, in Oak Grove
Cemetery with Rev. Bill Dupree officiating.
Born July 30, 1928, in Sumter
County, he was a son of the late John West Sheffield, Sr.
and Emily Lawson Cheves Sheffield. He was a member of Troop
21, Boy Scouts of America, and was one of the first boys in
Sumter County to become an Eagle Scout. He was a life-time
resident of Sumter County, and graduated from Americus High
School where he was known as an outstanding athlete,
participating in football, track, and basketball. He
graduated from Virginia Military Institute where he also
proved to be an outstanding athlete in football, track, and
wrestling. He also attended Harvard Business School.
Mr. Sheffield was a member of
the Board of Directors of the Bank of Commerce. He served as
a captain of a tank battalion in the U.S. Army during the
He was a Captain in the National
Guard in Americus, and directed the troops in winning many
honors. As long as he was able, he was an active member of
the First United Methodist Church, serving as a member of
the Board of Stewards and a Sunday School Teacher in the
Young People’s Department. He was the president of Sheffield
Hardware Company for many years. He was a classroom reading
mentor in “Missy” Roland’s class at Cherokee elementary
school. Together, they progressed with the students from
first grade through third grade, moving up with the children
as they moved up in school.
He was always civic-minded and
demonstrated that through many endeavors.
He was a member of the cast of
14 consecutive plays which were performed to raise funds for
the Friends of Lake Blackshear Regional Library. He was a
volunteer and member of the advisory board at the Rylander
Theater, served on the Americus city council and as mayor p
ro-tem for many years and as mayor of Americus for two
terms. He was a member and past president of the Americus
Rotary Club and the Southern Wholesale Hardware Association.
He, with his brother and father, built Lake Collins which
they named in honor of his father-in-law, James Chalmers
Collins, and together they developed the area around Lake