CHARLES “SHEP” SHEPARD

Charles R. Gordell Shepard, “Shep,” at the age of 92, of New Martinsville died July 11th at home surrounded with family.

He was born May 3, 1926 and grew up in Hawkins County, TN. The son of Paul Shepard & Kathleen Gardner Shepard.

Shep attended grade school in Rogersville through HS graduation in ’44. After serving in the Navy, he graduated from the University of Tennessee (UT) in Electrical Engineering. His first employment was at the K12 Plant in Oak Ridge TN “Secret City”, then with the Army Corp of Engineers in Fairbanks AK, Union Carbide in Chillicothe, OH, transferred to NY to work on the design for a new aluminum reduction plant, Ormet where he ended up moving and working for the next 27 years as the Technical Supervisor in upper Management.

Shep was very active in the New Martinsville community. He first joined the First Baptist Church April 13, 1958. Where he served as Chairman of the Trustee Board, unday School Teacher, Youth Director and numerous committees. He was active in the Lions Club serving in many capacities, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Wetzel County Hospital for 7 years, helped to promote the Dollars for Scholars, Board of Trustees for the New Martinsville Library until present time, and member of Friends of Library.

He enjoyed many hobbies in his early years of farming, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed his daily cross word puzzles, Sudoku and many games of bridge and rummy. He followed WVU and UT sports and liked country music. He loves his family, friends and their company.

In addition to parents he was preceded in death by his first wife Betty Lou in ’09, son Charles Michael Shepard, sister Pauline and infant Richmond.

Survivors include his wife Wanda R. (Springston) Shepard, brother James Shepard of NM, Linda (Charlie) Hall of Nashville TN, Shawn of Titusville FL, Deanna (Harry) Gibbs of Knoxville TN, daughter-in-law Terri Shepard of Knoxville, grandchildren; Lauren (Brandon) Paine of Canton GA, Calvin Shepard of McHenry MD, Christopher (Tracey) Shepard of Knoxville TN, Kim (Dean) Duff of Lawrenceburg IN, Chip (Amy) Hall of Nashville TN, Chase Shepard; great grandchildren; Kyla, Kelsey & Kaitlyn Duff, Carter & Cooper Paine, Cy & Ava Hall and many nieces and nephews.

Shep gifted his body to West Virginia University for research. There will be no visitation but memorial services will be held Saturday July 14th at the First Baptist Church, on the corner of 4th and Leap Street NM at 11 a.m., reception to follow. Memorial donations in his name may be made to First Baptist Church of New Martinsville.

Our family wishes to thank our gracious friends for their kind and compassionate care and especially by Journey Hospice.