Billy Martin Shepherd Sr., age 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, April 1, 2013.
Born in Monroe County, he was the son of the late Fletcher Brian Shepherd and Lettie Smith Shepherd. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Juanita Lang.
Billy was a longtime member of Englewood Baptist Church and former member of Edgemont Baptist Church. A faithful servant of God, Billy served as Director of Royal Ambassadors of both churches and a group leader for the Awana Club at Englewood. He retired after 35 years with Barcalounger in 2000.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Coleman Shepherd, daughter, Sandra Liles and husband Bobby of Rocky Mount, N.C., son, Billy Martin Shepherd, Jr. and wife Dianna of Whitakers, N.C., grandchildren, Cody Robinson, Haylee Liles, both of Rocky Mount, N.C. and Paige Shepherd of Whitakers, N.C. , sister, Nelle Sullivan of Jackson, and brother, Daniel Shepherd of Amory. Billy will also be missed by his beloved dog, Abbey.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 04, 2013, at Englewood Baptist Church and other times at the home.
A service to celebrate the life of Billy Shepherd will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary with Rev. Michael Cloer officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Hospice of Nash General, 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, Rocky Mount NC 27804 or the Duke Eye Center, DUMC - 3802, 2351 Erwin Road, Durham NC 27710.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com .