John Richard Sherman

April 13, 1951 ~ January 21, 2018 (age 66)

John Richard Sherman

John Richard Sherman, 66 of Gadsden, died peacefully at his home Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 a.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 113 Brown Avenue, Rainbow City, Alabama 35906.

The Rev. Michael Goldsmith will officiate.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Parish Hall.

John was born on April 13, 1951, in Gadsden to Sarah Tinney and Cecil C. Sherman of Edenwood.  John was a standout athlete growing up in baseball and football, and then became a talented self-taught musician, singer, songwriter, and had a passion for guitar that influenced many local talents and is fondly remembered still to this day.  He graduated from Gadsden High School in 1969, and was a member of The Velvetones and Cheerful Charlies, always performing in the talent shows and local events. 

He was influenced by his deep Southern heritage and soulful rock music, and was a member in his first band made up of several of his friends called “The Electric Boro” and later with “Axes” who performed throughout The Southeast.  John was a very humble man, and had accomplished musical highlights in his life that few even knew, such as performing in Atlanta as a studio session guitarist in the early 1970’s, and the honor of recording with such bands as The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Mother’s Finest, as well as became a notable “ Honorary Member” and dear friend of The recording Artists Eric Quincy Tate from Georgia.

While music was always John’s first passion, he was also a second generation plumber who studied alongside his brother Bill Sherman, and apprenticeship at The Local Union 498 which is named after his Father, Cecil C. Sherman.  John was also well known throughout the county for his success as a talented custom tile setter, working on projects with his sister, Patricia E. Sherman, AIA.

John had one of the kindest hearts and sweetest spirit.  He always wore a smile, and was happy to see you, never meeting a stranger.  He was a pet lover, and a devoted fan to his Atlanta Falcons, The Atlanta Braves, and proudest of The University of Alabama championship football teams.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and who were touched by his gift of song and music.  His gentle soul will be remembered, and melodies will play on in Heaven and in the talents of those whom he inspired to this day in friends and family members.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah Tinney and Cecil C. Sherman, his two sisters, Sarah Ann Sherman Moss and Cecile Joan Sherman Patterson. And his brother, William “Bill” Lawson Sherman.

John is survived by his sister, Patricia Sherman, Nieces: Jackie Clark, Susan Moss, Rann Patterson, Kristin Sherman and Shannon McCullars.  Nephews: Phil Patterson and John Andrew Moss.  Many great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews, and longtime sister-in-law Jeanette Upton Smith, and Jamie Mashburn Sherman, and 19-year companion, Susan Hood and their sweet cat, Max.

We lost a true friend, but Heaven gained a melodic Angel, there will never be another John and we were all blessed to know and love him.


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