William Earl Shephard affectionately known to many as “Bill” or “Pookie” quietly slipped out of his earthly house on Thursday, October 3, 2019. He is a Veteran that served his country in the United States Army. He was a family man and loved his family with his whole heart. He leaves to cherish his memory, a wife of 39 years, Mary Wooten Shephard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cary Warren Shephard and Elizabeth Simms Shephard; his oldest sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Mason and James "Junebug" Mason; a loving brother-in-law, Charlie "Hair" Boyd; and his youngest sister, Judy Elaine Shephard. Surviving are his siblings, brother, Warren Shephard, Jr. (Almond “Pearl”) of Orange, NJ; sisters, Gloria Jean Boyd of Greenville, NC and Marilyn Evon Hines of New Haven, CT; his loving sister in law, Christine Wooten Mobley and brother- in-law, Andre Wooten, both of Greenville, NC He also leaves to cherish his love and memory with 25 nieces and nephews; Sharon Oze "Poonie", Valerie Moore “Tootsie", Diane Berg (Matt), Abby Mason, Patricia Hill, Vicky Shephard, Wanda Shephard, Tammy Cullins, Greg Shephard, Elizabeth “Ruth” Ward (Steven), Terry Anderson, Jr. (Geejay), Lynnette Hines, Nina "Faye" Shephard| David Shephard, Jr., Antonio Shephard, Betty "Niecy" Marshall, Thomas Marshall, Demetrius Marshall, Cristina Mobley-Dale, Jeffery Mobley and Lee Bolden. He also leaves 26 Great nieces and nephews, 27 great- great nieces & nephews and one great great-great nephew. And two special friends, George “PoBoy” Miller and Charlie Reddick, both of Greenville, NC.

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  1. Mary, you and Bill became part of our family. Losing Bill hurts like losing a brother. I’m so glad we were together for dinner last month and shared some good laughs. I know he went straight to heaven!!

  2. Our deepest sympathies to Mary and the family. Bill was a good man and friend to all he encountered!

    Pat & Sylvia

  3. We love you Mary and are saddened by your great loss. William was a wonderful person and we were blessed to have you and he in our lives. We will be praying for you in the coming days. Love Tonya, Jonathan, Sammy, and Austin

  4. Mary, Greg and I were sad to hear of Bills passing. We are so glad we were with the both of you a few weeks ago. Had a great time taking with Bill about the way the world used to be. Prayers for you.

  5. May all the sweet memories of William bring you solace during this time. I hope all the great moments that you were able to have with him before he passed away brings you comfort. May God’s peace be with you and your family always!

  6. Hello to Bill’s family. My name is Billy Johnson. I met Bill in the VA outpatient chemotherapy clinic with the same diagnosis. We had an instant connection. We served in Vietnam at about the same time though in different areas and different jobs. He was a “grunt” I served as a training cadre advisor with SF etc. We was a very approachable man I could easily talk and enjoyed being around. He was encouraging to me. I have been trying to reach him for several months now. But I only had had his phone kept getting strange incoherent messages. He promised me he was OK and would be around for awhile. I’m really sorry to hear he is no longer with us. I will sorry miss smile and laughter and our conversations. I don’t have many “friends” and cherish those whom I do have even if only for short time. He made an impact on me in the short time I did know him…

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