John Lawrence Shepherd, 85, Navy veteran who served his country for 30 years

John Lawrence Shepherd
John Lawrence Shepherd

John Lawrence Shepherd, 85, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was born June 12, 1933, in a log cabin in Donelson, Tennessee, to the late Milton and Eunice Shepherd.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a chief quartermaster after 30 years of service. He then pursued a career in photography. John was an avid golfer and enjoyed motorcycles, drag racing and fishing.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Shepherd; daughters, Terry Shepherd Brown (David) and Tonya Darlene Whitley (Albert); grandchildren, John Zachary Brown (Christie), Megan Brown Hardey (Ryan), Courtney Nichole Thomas (Taylor), Lindsey Brown Schultz (Jason) and Brittany Michelle Whitley (Adam); great-grandchildren, Skylar Renee Hardey, Kamdyn Rae Thomas and Jasper Ryan Hardey; sisters-in-law, Libby Shepherd, Jerrie Fatherree (Frank), Ruby Rein (Dennis), Elizabeth Kinchen (Joe) and Patricia Frederick; brother-in-law, Doug Clark; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Shepherd; and sister, Elaine Clark.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, at Princess Anne Memorial Park with full military honors.

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