Lloyd William Shepard, 74, of Evanston, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Evanston Hospital surrounded by his family. The funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Ebenezer AME Church, 1109 Emerson St. Pastor Gwendolyn Rucker-Chillers of No Greater Love Ministries will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Haliburton’s Funeral Chapel.
Lloyd was born in Topeka, Kansas on Feb. 27, 1941, the son of the late Lloyd and Emogene Shepard. He graduated from Topeka High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washburn University. Lloyd continued his studies at DePaul University and Northeastern Illinois University, after moving to Evanston.
Lloyd was married to Terri Shepard (Douglas) on June 6, 1974, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. They were married 41 years.
In 1982, Lloyd’s entrepreneurial spirit motivated him to open his own business; L.W. Shepard & Associates (LWSA). As owner, he performed as a manufacturers’ representative.
Between July 1991 to 2011, Lloyd was employed by the City of Evanston as its Minority Business Development Coordinator. Lloyd revised the City’s compliance specifications to provide general contractors with uniform guidelines for identifying targeted companies. He establish guidelines on how to apply compliance credit and how to respond to procedures for requesting a waiver of Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) participation. Lloyd conducted on-site visits. He enlisted M/WBE assistance organizations as clearing houses for the City’s purchasing requirements. He redefined the definition of an Evanston business and collaborated with M/WBE organizations to provide local companies assistance with marketing, sales and financing requirements.
Lloyd served faithfully on the Evanston Human Relations Commission from 1991 to 1992. In addition, he served on the Minority Women and Evanston Business Enterprise Development Committee from 1998 to 1999. In 1999, Lloyd served on the Evanston School District 65 Long Range Planning Committee. The purpose of the Committee was to study how to segregate schools without changing boundaries.
Lloyd is survived by his devoted wife, Terri; his daughters: Temple, Tasha (Jason), his sons: Christopher, David (Leslie); five grandchildren, Trey, Peyton, Lloyd II, Jason, and Taryn, and several adopted sons Earl, Terron, Makhosi, Damerio and a host of loving and caring nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the United Negro College Fund by calling the donation hotline at (202) 810-0240 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST Monday – Friday).