James Walter Shepard, 82, of Rock Hill Rd., died Monday, December 24, 2012.
A native of Macon Co., he was a son of the late Mamie O. Shepard. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Reese Shepard, and sons Dan Shepard and Robert Shepard.
Mr. Shepard retired from Biltmore Dairy Farms.
He is survived by sons Michael Shepard and David Shepard and wife Diane; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters Ann Bogan, Daphnie Greene, and Penny Hedden.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday January 4, 2013, at Emma's Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Mark Lewis will officiate. Mr. Shepard will be laid to rest by his late wife at Emmas Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. to assist with funeral expenses.