It's Not Over Yet
The Gift Biography Summary of James B Sherrod, author. Arranged, Edited, & Typed by Lynda C Anderson, wife of James I was born July 13, 1958 to Rev James Lee Sherrod and Darline Sherrod at Norfolk Memorial Hospital in Norfolk, VA. At the time of birth I had three siblings. My eldest brother, Ernest, only sister, Carolyn and brother, Earl, who is a couple of years older than me. My parents raised me between Norfolk, VA; Memphis, TN; Long Beach, Bakersfield, Merced, Fresno and Los Angeles, CA. I also lived part of my life growing into my teenage years and adulthood in Tacoma, WA. At age fourteen I learned about drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and weed while living in Memphis, TN. Later in Washington I graduated to pills, stronger drink and narcotics. In 1981 I got married. The marriage lasted twenty years. In 1984 I went to prison for the first time, which was only the beginning. At the time of my departure for prison there were two little Sherrod's, Shawn who is now 24 years old and Latricia who is 22 years old. From 1984 through 2004 I spent approximately 14 years of my life behind prison bars due to my drug abuse, drug sales and other illegal activities. I lived many years as a lonely person in prison. Little did I know what God's plan was for my life. My last and final stay in prison as a prisoner was July 22, 2004. I discovered my gifts and talents in the year 2000 while still incarcerated. God gave me a desire to buy a $125.00 keyboard. I pecked at it and tried to sing a little at 43 years old. While in prison I began to sing in church choirs and at different celebrations. As God lead me, I would sometimes play the keyboard and sing solos. This was when God put it in my heart to start 'It's Not Over Yet Ministries'. HE also gave me the trademark to use, which will be appearing on my CD's in the near future. I was given my first song by God in approximately 2000 while serving a five-year prison sentence from 1999 to 2004. Other songs followed during this time as I practiced playing the keyboard and singing on the different Praise Teams in prison ! As custody levels changed so would the inmate's institutions, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. BUT GOD stayed faithful in showing me how to stir up my gifts ! July 22, 2004 I was released from prison ! July 30, 2004 I co-produced my first CD in conjunction with my friend and producer, Pastor Gary Wyatt, SureHouse Open Bible Church, entitled 'It's Not Over Yet', a single consisting of two songs. September 11, 2004 I got married to my wife, friend and business partner, Mrs Mssy Lynda C (Anderson) Sherrod, who is a member of Word of Life COGIC, pastored by Elder James Jacobs. I am a member of New Jerusalem COGIC, pastored by Bishop T L Westbrook. God is ever faithful and still blessing !