John Fort Sherrer

Published 3:27 pm Friday, January 22, 2021

John Fort Sherrer died on January 3, 2021 at the age of 88 years. Born May 3, 1932, he was the son of William Pinkney Sherrer and Louise Gladden Morrow Sherrer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Evelyn Morrow Sherrer Henry (J.D.), his brothers Bill and Charles, and nephews, Ted Henry and Ed Sherrer. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sherie Randall Sherrer. He is also survived by sons John (Suzette), Scott (Diane), Todd (Neill) and daughter Sherie Leigh Ousley (David), grandchildren John, Kyle, Kelly, Amanda, Rachael, Caroline, Will, Emily, Mary Alan, William and Laura, and great-grandson, Matthew and numerous nieces and nephews.

He served in the Alabama National Guard and the U.S. Army in Korea. He was an alumnus of The University of Alabama. He was very active in Church Street United Methodist Church where he served in many roles including Chairman of the Board, local Church lay leader, Selma District lay leader and AL-West Florida lay leader. He also served as a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference multiple times. John began leading worship services at the age of 15 and continued throughout his life serving as a lay speaker, speaking from many pulpits throughout the AL-West FL conference. He also taught Sunday School for over 50 years and was active in the Emmaus community and Gideon’s International. In his later years, he enjoyed being a member of the Church Street Chancel Choir. Active in his children’s lives, John served as a Boy Scout leader, church youth group leader, Morgan Academy Board President, APSA Board President and was an inaugural member of the 2000 AISA Hall of Fame. After 30 years of service, John retired as VP of Sales from Henry Brick Company. A celebration of life service was held on January 5 at Church Street UMC with Rev. Lance Eiland and Rev. Fred Ziegler officiating. A private burial was held at New Live Oak Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to Church Street UMC or charity of your choice.

Mr. Sherrer and his family are in the care of Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home; 2900 Citizens Parkway, Selma, Alabama 36701. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family by visiting