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Sister Carolyn Jean Sheffield was born September 25, 1949 to Rosby Sheffield, Sr. and Juanita Sheffield in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
Carolyn peacefully fell asleep in death on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
Carolyn is a 1967 graduate of Tivoli High School. Following graduation, Carolyn attended college where she earned a degree. Carolyn’s secular education and accomplishments were not her primary focus in life. In the early 80’s, Carolyn decided to complete a thorough search of God’s Word to find out what the Bible really teaches. Carolyn’s search eventually led to her studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Carolyn sincerely desired a true understanding of the scriptures, which led to extensive research in the Bible’s original languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, with which Jehovah’s Witnesses gladly assisted her. After intensive studying, Carolyn was convinced she had found the truth. Moved by these truths, Carolyn dedicated her life to serve Jehovah and symbolized her dedication by water baptism on May 12, 1984 at a Circuit Assembly in Panama City, Florida. With deep heartfelt appreciation for the lifesaving truths she learned, Carolyn immediately began teaching these Kingdom truths to all she met. Not surprisingly, about a year after her baptism, Carolyn joined the ranks of regular pioneers or full-time ministers, aiding many to learn the truth from the Bible and to become faithful servants of Jehovah. However, Carolyn never wanted credit for any success had in her ministry, always humbly acknowledging that all honor, glory and praise goes to Jehovah, not to her. She reminded all, that it is Jehovah that draws ones to serve him, not any human. Therefore, Carolyn would never speak of the number of individuals she aided in the truth. Instead, if asked, she would say, what I personally do in the ministry is not most important, but it is Jehovah who makes it grow. From 1985, Carolyn continued in full-time service until the need arose for her to return home to care for her aged parents which she so happily and loving did in 2004. While caring for her parents, Carolyn continued her ministry, speaking with all she met about the wonderful truths from the Bible and the hope that Jehovah’s Kingdom holds out for those willing to learn and serve him.
In 2012, Carolyn faced the challenge of a personal chronic health issue which continued until her death. Yet, while dealing with this extremely difficult illness, during treatment and afterwards, Carolyn continued her ministry while continuing to lovingly care for her aged parents. Not only did she care for her parents, those who knew her often saw her busily assisting other relatives, neighbors and friends as they coped with various health and family issues, providing for their needs, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Because of Carolyn’s positive and encouraging demeanor, all were unaware of how very sick Carolyn really was and the chronic issues she faced. Carolyn was completely confident in Jehovah’s promise that soon “no one will say I am sick”, that “pain, sorrow and death would be done away with” and that “the resurrection hope” is a guaranteed reality. In the days prior to her death, she spoke to all she came in contact with and told them, she will sleep for a little while and that she was confident that one day, Jesus will resurrect her into the earthly paradise. (Acts 24:15) During her final days, she encouraged the family members to read Jehovah’ Word, the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, learn about Jehovah and the Kingdom hope and apply what is learned, with the hope that she will see them again in the new world.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Rosby Sheffield, Sr., her mother, Juanita Sheffield; three brothers: Rosby Sheffield, Jr., Jerry Lynn Sheffield and David Eugene Sheffield.
Carolyn is survived by seven sisters: Bernice Howard, Veronica (Charles) Engram, Andrea (David) Nix, Clara (Bobby) Brasfield, Barbara Sheffield, Danita Sheffield, and Teresa (Larry) Long; three brothers: Dr. Cedric (Denise) Sheffield, Ross (Wanda) Sheffield and Steven Clemons; one sister-in-law, Salonia Sheffield; special cousins: Dr. Doris Johnson, Cherylle, Tillie, Marshall, Gloria, Brenda, Obra, William Lee; ninety-four (94) nieces and nephews and a host of loving spiritual children, other relatives and friends.