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Dr. Robert Glenn Sherer Jr.

Dr. Robert Glenn Sherer Jr.

Dr. Robert Glenn Sherer, Jr. was born on March 13, 1940 and died on August 22, 2017. Rob was a wonderful husband and father. He was dedicated to his family, to his faith, and to social justice. He will be missed and will be remembered as the truly great man he was.

His parents, Esther Lee Brakefield and Robert Glenn Sherer, Sr. were from Jasper, AL. Rob grew up in Dothan, AL. His Aunt Ruby Lois Sherer helped raise him and his brother, John Minter Sherer Sr., all of Dothan, predeceased him. His survivors are his wife, Carol, a son, Robert Glenn Sherer, III (Jennifer Shepherd), their son, Robert Maxwell Sherer, Houston, TX., a daughter, Dr. Ann Marie Sherer Trammell, her son, Michael Brookshire Trammell, Keller, TX., one nephew, John Minter Sherer, Jr., and one niece, Allison Sherer Kirby, both of Dothan.

In 1995 he married Rev. Carol Starkes on staff at Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church in New Orleans, LA. His stepchildren are Tamara Starkes Henderson (Joshua Alan Henderson), New Orleans, and Dr. Monte Thomas Starkes (Amy Johnson), grandchildren (Luke, Charity, Phillip, and Anna Grace Starkes), Atlanta, GA.

Rob attended Auburn University in 1959 and was a Freshman Honorary Phi Eta Sigma. In 1959 he transferred to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, graduating in 1962, Phi Beta Kappa, B.A. History Honors and magna cum laude. He spent 1962 as a Rockefeller Fellow at Yale University Divinity School. He earned a Master of American Studies, 1967, at Brown University. In 1970 he earned a PhD in American History at UNC. He received a Master of Library and Information Science, 1989, University of Texas, Austin.

Active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, Rob participated in the March on Washington where he heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. give his “I Have A Dream” speech.

He taught part time at North Carolina State University (1967-68) and Tulane University, and professorships at Stetson University (DeLand, FL), Alcorn State University (Lorman, MS), and Wiley College (Marshall, TX). He was Tulane’s University Archivist (1989-2007) before retiring to Little Rock, Arkansas in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina.

After moving to Little Rock, he was on the Arkansas United Methodist Conference History Board and its Museum Board, and the Board of the History Institute of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Arkansas’ Governor Beebe appointed him to the seven members Arkansas History Commission, reappointing him in 2014. At the First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock he was a teacher of the Unity Sunday School class and helped it join the Reconciling Ministries Network. He was in the FUMC Tuesday Men’s Group and the Methodist Federation for Social Action. He was a member of the local Sierra Club, the Pulaski County Historical Society, and the County Democratic Committee.

In lieu of flowers please donate to First United Methodist Church, in memory of Rob Sherer. These funds will be distributed to mission projects and to books for our Child Development Program.

The memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church, 723 Center Street, Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, August 26, at 10:00a.m. Reception to follow at the church.

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"The world lost a wonderful man. Prayers to the family during this hard time."
Leslie Storey | Arlington, TX

"I have good memories of Robbie and Ann Marie's dad. I'm sorry for your loss.


Chad Watt | Dallas, TX

"Rob was an old friend of mine, beginning when he lived in Texarkana. I had the opportunity to go tent camping with Rob and his kids. I also played tennis with Rob a couple of times. He won most of the games. Rob was intelligent and always passionate about his faith and his politics. I valued his friendship."
David Turner | De Berry, TX

"Dear Rob was so instrumental in my spiritual direction and recovery from divorce. I will always remember Rob's open-mindedness and his empathy for others. I hope he rubbed off on me. I'll never forget the volume of songs he knew as we sat around the campfire. He is missed but it is such a blessing to know that he will be with us in spirit.

Carol-we have you in our thoughts and have touched so many lives at Rayne Memorial and New Orleans.

Hugs and prayers,
Kim Hough

Kim Hough | Marrero, LA

"May God bless you and help you all heal. Death is such a hard with which to deal."
Jeune Pipes | Metairie , LA

"Sorry for your loss, thinking of everyone. "
Jenny Simpson | Lincoln , NE

"Rob was a real gentleman, and a good historian. He will be truly missed. Carole, please accept my words of sincere sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time!

Linda Baker

Linda Baker | Little Rock, AR

"Carol and family,

Holding you all in my prayers through this sad time. Rob will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Many happy memories remain.

Love to you all."

Linda Miller | River Ridge, LA

"Rob was such an amazing, active Christian man. He always had an amazing smile and he so loved his wife "Carole". I know Carole will have many sweet memories to help her during this difficult time.

Gerry Baird | Sheveport, LA

"Rob was a treasured member of the UA Little Rock History Institute and he was a pleasure to work with during my five years as History Department chair. A regular attendee of our "Evenings with History" series, I always looked forward to catching up with and chatting with him there. He will be missed."
John Kirk | Little Rock, AR

"You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Caren Sorrells | Azle, TX

"Rob was my Sunday School teacher at Rayne United Methodist Church from 1990 to 2007 when he and Carol moved to Little Rock. He loved to engage us in discussions designed to deepen our beliefs. I know I am a better person for having known him. He was always a gentleman and gave the best hugs! I will miss him.

Kay Vickers | Jefferson, LA

" I will particularly miss Rob as an interesting and well-informed conversationalist and friend. HIs point of view was always worth seeking and his gentle spirit was always persuasive. He was one of our best.

John Winn | Slidell, LA

"Carol, I was saddened to see Rob's obituary in the paper on Tuesday. I have missed seeing him in class at Jim Dailey Fitness Center. Please know that I speak for the entire class that we will miss seeing him and send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this time of loss. He was a very nice man and I always enjoyed conversations with him before and after class."
Deede Phelps | Little Rock, AR

"Rob was a role model for all who knew him. He was
so modest, unassuming, and kind that it was sometimes easy to forget that he was a deeply committed and courageous advocate for civil rights who was also a scholar of the first rank with impeccable credentials. He had no need to impress you with his knowledge or accomplishments. I smile when I think of him. "

Grif Stockley | Little Rock , AR

"Please accept my condolences on your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help your family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13

Carla | Phoenix, AZ

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