Frank Sherard: Died 07/06/2016

Frank Sherard


Maysville, MO……Frank Sherard, age 51, was born on October 23, 1964 to George and Florence Sherard in Cameron, MO.

Chief Religious Program Specialist (Fleet Marine Force), Frank Sherard was a proud member of the US Navy having served with honor for nearly 30 years.   During his time in the Navy RPC Sherard achieved the elite rank of Chief Petty Officer, served overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was the Senior Enlisted Advisor for 4th Marine Division’s Chaplain’s Office for 5 years during a mobilization to New Orleans. He was a member of the VFW and a true Navy man.

Frank was a commissioned minister in the Great River Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  At the time of his death he was serving Jerusalem Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lafayette, LA, a church he founded with his wife. Frank was Texas Christian University’s greatest fan, having graduated from the University in 1993.

On January 6, 2007 he made Ashley Smith the happiest woman in the world when they joined in marriage in Leavenworth, KS. To this covenant three beautiful daughters were born. He was a loving and supportive husband, dedicated father,  loving brother,  and dear friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two nieces, Sherilyn Ann and Etta Mae Lathrop, and nephew, Kevin Douglas Duce.

He is survived by his wife Ashley of Lafayette, LA; daughters, Lennon Katrina, McCartney Michelle, and Harrison Nicole, of Lafayette, LA; sister Katherine (Duane) Duce, Liberty, MO;  brother Gary (Dan) Sherard of North Kansas City.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville.  Visitation:  two hours prior to service time at the funeral home.  Memorial Contributions:  Frank’s 3 daughters college fund, C/O Turner Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 350 Maysville, MO  64469.   Online condolences:

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44 Responses to “Frank Sherard: Died 07/06/2016”

  1. Cheryl Roach July 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Ashley, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. I am very familiar with the walk you are beginning. I pray God’s richest comfort and compassion for you, as well as His strength and peace in the days and months ahead. God is faithful! Please call me any time you want to talk. In the Love of Christ, Cheryl Roach.

    • Ashley July 11, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

      Thank You Ms. Cheryl.

  2. Susan Eckard July 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    Thank you, Frank Sherard, for leading my two children into baptism when they were teenagers. Thank you for speaking at my husband’s funeral. Thank you for being a friend. Rest in peace.
    Ashley, I do not know you, but my sincere sympathies to you and your daughters. May you live in peace.
    Susan Eckard
    Stanberry, Missouri

    • Ashley July 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm #

      Thank you so much, Susan. I have heard Frank mention your name and always enjoyed hearing his fond memories of Stanberry.

  3. Holly Brown July 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    To the entire Sherard family, I am so sorry and heartbroken to hear this news. Frank was one of my very dearest friends in college at TCU. He walked me through two of my toughest years when my brother took his own life and for that, I have been forever grateful. He always made me laugh and even at the age of 19, I could tell he was going to be a great minister. He definitely had the gift, even at a young age. I am sorry that I never got to meet you, Ashley, but just know I have been and will continue to pray for you and your sweet girls in the coming days and months ahead. May God’s warm embrace provide you peace and strength.

    Holly Brown
    Flower Mound, Texas

    • Ashley July 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm #


      I hope we can meet someday, he was very fond of you….spoke very highly of you. Thank you fot holding us close. This is my darkest hour.

  4. Sherry Horton July 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    Ashley, the Regional Elders are all keeping you close to our hearts during this time. May you be sustained by the wonderful memories. Blessings for strength as you move forward.

    Sherry Horton
    Tupelo, Mississippi

    • Ashley July 16, 2016 at 2:22 am #

      Thank you Sherry.

  5. Jon Martz July 15, 2016 at 1:44 am #

    The essential elements of true brotherhood are love, charity and esteem. Love that binds our hearts with the sturdy chords of fraternal affection; charity that is impulsive to see virtues in a brother and slow to reprove his faults; esteem that is respectful to the honest convictions of others and that refrains from treading upon that which is sacred to the spirit and conscience. Rest in peace Frater Sherard.

    Yours in the Bond

    Jon “K” Martz

    • Ashley July 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you Jon.

  6. Carol Stubbs July 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    I am heartbroken that Frank is gone too soon. I miss seeing him at our church. I miss his cheerfulness and tender spirit. I continue to pray for Ashley and the girls. I know he loved all of you so much.

    • Ashley July 17, 2016 at 12:14 am #

      Thank you Ms. Carol. He loved ya’ll. Thanks for the prayers.

  7. Linda Smart July 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    There are special people in our lives who never leave us….
    Even after they are gone…… Frank was one of those people. He will forever be in the hearts of the members of First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, Louisiana. May he rest in peace.

    • Ashley July 17, 2016 at 12:15 am #

      Thank you for your continued care and concern Ms. Linda, you’ve been a blessing.

  8. Sarah Schuller July 17, 2016 at 2:39 am #

    I went to TCU with Frank. He was one of the truest, kindest people I have had the honor to have known. Sending prayers of comfort.

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

      Thank you, Sarah

  9. Zach Sasser July 17, 2016 at 2:58 am #

    Words cannot convey my sorrow for you and for your children. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the thoughts and prayers of many of us at FPC. We grieve with you, and we miss Frank – our friend and colleague. We stand ready to support you if called upon. Your clergy coffee friends are also holding you up in prayer. We love you, and we pray that the Christ of God will offer you peace, that the Holy Spirit of God sustain you, and that the Creator of all that is give you the strength needed in this terrible time.

    • Ashley July 22, 2016 at 3:04 am #

      Thank you

  10. ViMcGowan July 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    My heart is sad my heart is sad but we will always remember him fondly!! My hope is that the memories of Frank will sustain Ashley and the girls.

    Love & Sympathy,

    Vi McGowan
    Westside Christian Church

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Vi

  11. Mina McCall July 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    Ashley, I just heard of Frank’s passing today. I am so sorry for your loss. God’s peace be with you and the girls. In Christ, Leonard & Mina McCall

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      Thank you Mina

  12. Angella Palmer Branch July 18, 2016 at 2:28 am #

    Dear Ashley and family,
    I knew Frank from TCU and never remember him without a smile and a laugh. He was a very sensitive, caring, and warm person, and a lot of fun to be around. He had a wonderful heart and always was wanting to help. May he rest in peace and may all of you be comforted in knowing he was a great friend and a wonderful man, and that he loved you all very much.

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

      He was my heart, still is, always will be. Thank you for reaching out, his days and friends at TCU remained so very dear to him even to his last day.

  13. Daniel Dodds July 18, 2016 at 11:45 am #


    The RP community grieves with you. Frank is well-known and well-respected among the Chaplains and Religious Program Specialists he has served along side of, not to mention the many, many Marines and Sailors he was passionate to serve. Our prayers and thoughts of comfort are with you and your three children.

    Daniel Dodds

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:25 pm #


      Thank you, he was so proud to serve the Navy and the Chaplains and RP’s. You all were his family and I am sorry for the loss to the Mess, the Navy, the Marines, and the Chaplains.

  14. Matt Whiting July 19, 2016 at 12:44 am #

    Our hearts are heavy and the sun does not shine as bright. Frank will be missed by the world. Ashley, you and the girls are constantly on our minds and in our hearts and prayers. We are here for all of you.

    Matt Whiting

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

      Love you Matt! Thank you for being such an amazing part of our lives. The girls find much comfort in knowing their Lafayette grandparents will be there when they come home.

  15. Velma Clement July 19, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

    Ashley . . . I left a condolence note on the other funeral site and hope you got it. In case you did not . . . I want you to know the we, too, are saddened at the news of Frank’s untimely (according to our “clocks”) death. I so enjoyed working with Frank at First Presbyterian Church, and more so,
    getting to know you and the girls. Sending our concern, prayers and love from me and Mr. Clem

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Velma,

      He always looked forward to seeing you on Mondays, you were a part of his FPC crew. He loved you all dearly.

  16. Marilyn Mosley-Haggerty July 20, 2016 at 2:49 am #

    Ashley – I know that your girls and you were the center of Frank’s universe; he was taken much too soon from your lives. We cherished him at First Presbyterian, and I will dearly miss his beaming smile and generous spirit. May God hold you in the palm of his hand, and wipe your tears away.

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

      Thank you Marilyn. He was just too special for this world, I guess. He loved you all dearly.

  17. Scott Plowman July 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    I will always remember “Frankie” from high school!
    He had such a warm, and witty sense of humor!
    And never in a way that would cause someone pain!
    I found it a blessing to reestablish contact with him on social media… And even greater treasure was late night phone calls celebrating who we were in Christ!
    Frank had filled a void I had recently by taking a Pastoral role in a couple of issues..
    Although we had not sat face to face in nearly 35 years.. I still loved him as my friend!
    Peace and Mercy to you his family, and may his memory extinguish the pain of his loss!

    • Ashley July 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

      Thank you Scott, he was a truly special person.

  18. Patrick Anderson July 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    I served with Chief Sherard in NOLA from 2008 to 2011 and he was one of the best leaders I had while I was there. He would always make time to guide and take care of his junior Saikors and Marines regardless of what he had going on. Such a great man, husband, and father.

    I am truly sorry for your loss, Sherard family.

    • Ashley July 22, 2016 at 2:04 am #

      Thank you Patrick, it is a great loss

  19. Dana Propes July 21, 2016 at 4:07 am #

    I didn’t know Frank very long, but he always had a place in my heart. RIP dear friend.

    • Ashley July 22, 2016 at 3:03 am #

      Thank you Dana

  20. Lori Richardson-Head July 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers Ashley. I went to school with Frank and he is one of my all time favorite people. Frank was a huge help to me a few years back. I had a young Navy Officer on a ship in the middle of no where, we needed to get him home and Frank was a HUGE help with that whole process. He was a very special man, he was deeply loved and he will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  21. Ashley July 22, 2016 at 3:02 am #

    Thank you Lori, it’s so comforting to be surrounded by all of these stories of how he impacted others lives.

  22. Vernesa Robinson July 23, 2016 at 3:59 am #


    I am truly shocked and heartbroken for you and your family. I knew Frank as a fellow (Chief) brother in New Orleans. He was always kind and saw he best in everyone, but he spoke of his family ALL the time. He was a gentleman and a blessing to be around. I am praying for your continued strength because I already know own you are blessed. If you need anything from the “Mess” please let us know. Sincerely, Vernesa

  23. Julie Barnett July 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm #


    It was a beautiful service today. I was a classmate of Franks. He was always so much fun to be around. We were voted “Most School Spirit” together senior year. I remember he wanted to use my poms and do a pony sit, and I had on a skirt. It was a long pleated skirt, so I just hopped on his back and we both held out poms. We had a lot of great memories from high school. He was a wonderful person! I am praying for peace for you and the girls! He was taken way to soon! RIP Frank

  24. Fran Schnarre July 28, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    Ashley, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers ate with you and your family. Love, Fran Schnarre

    • Ashley August 3, 2016 at 3:14 am #

      Thank you Fran! We are just heartbroken.

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