Carlton Daniel Shepard

June 18, 2015
Carlton Daniel Shepard


Carlton Daniel Shepard, 78 of Middle Sound NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife, children and church family.

Carlton was an only child, born on June 23, 1936 and preceded in death by Sally Ruth Baker Shepard of Four Oaks NC and Daniel Clinton Shepard of Middle Sound NC.

Carlton is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen McCaskill Shepard, sons; Robert Carlton “Carl” Shepard, Larry Clinton Shepard, Daniel “Danny” Shepard (Meghann) daughters; Daphne J Shepard, Angela Shepard Gaskins (Eddie); grandchildren Austin Fowler, Devin Shepard, Brandy Shepard.Katelyn Watkins, **Special** Children/Grand children**Lisa, Morgan, Danielle, Jaden McGee.

Carlton was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a quiet, gentle man of few words. He had an infectious laugh and a smile that would light up the room. He enjoyed the simple things life had to offer. He loved his dog Brennie, a pit-bull that was at his bedside until the end.

Carlton served in the United States Navy where he traveled across Europe; he chose a welding trade as his career path. After his Navy tour was over he worked as a welder in and around Wilmington NC for the Mundy Company, Hercules Power Company. After a career of 40+ years he retired from Liquid Dynamics Incorporated in Hampstead NC. After retiring, he built a business repairing small engines. He soon had enough business to keep him busy day in and day out, just from word of mouth referrals.

He enjoyed deer hunting with his son Carl and grandsons Austin and Devin. His CB handle was Big J and if he wasn’t hunting, then fishing and flounder gigging was the next best thing. He volunteered with Pender Adult Services delivering meals on wheels. He attended Middle Sound Advent Christian Church in Middle Sound NC until he moved with his wife and children to Hampstead NC and Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church in Sloop Point NC and Belfast Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro NC.

Carlton was an incredible husband, father, Grandfather and friend. He had a strong faith and he loved the lord. He was a brave man His family is saddened and will miss him terribly every day until we meet again.

The family will see friends from 6 to 8 pm Monday at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be 11 am Tuesday at Wilmington Funeral Chapel officiated by Rev. Randall Smith, with burial to follow in Prospect Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Carolina East Home Care & Hospice, 910.296.0819.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • June 22, 2015
    Lisa McGee says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Troy, Lisa, Morgan, Danielle and Jaden

  • July 11, 2015
    Daphne Shepard says:
    Thank you all for your kind words. We appreciate it.

  • June 23, 2015
    Ritchie Male says:
    Karen, we are so sorry for your loss, Carlton was a good man.Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

  • June 23, 2015
    Christy Davis says:
    I won't never forget when I met Carlton.. Or when I came over and sat and talked for hours. Or when I heard he was not ddong so well and I came in the door and he just had the biggest smile on his face.. Karen saying do you remember her hunny.. And he just smiled and said yes I do.. Then he gave me the biggest hug.. Remember the good times.. He will be right there with all of you.. May he rest in peace and know all of you are in my prayers.. My heart hurts for this man who fought the whole way.. Knowing his family and friends were right there the whole time meant everything to him.. Love all of you.. He will never be forgotten..

  • June 23, 2015
    John Raynor says:
    Sorry to hear about my cousin's passing. Carlton was about 6 years older than me. Some of my fondest childhood memories are when we visited Aunt Ruth and Uncle Daniel at Middle Sound. Carlton and I would go fishing and swiming in the sound. Also rember going to church (and Camp Dixie) at Middle Sound Advent Christian Church. Aunt Ruth and my mother were sisters. My thoughts and prayers of comfort to the family.