John Henry Shepard

March 30, 1940 - August 20, 2023
John Henry Shepard

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John Henry Shepard, age 83 of Wilmington, NC, passed away at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare of Wilmington on August 20, 2023.

John was born on March 30, 1940 to the late Jay S. and Dossie H. Shepard in Onslow County, NC.

He is preceded in death by his aforementioned parents Jay & Dossie Shepard of Folkstone, NC, Crayon Shepard of Folkstone, NC, Herman Shepard of Youngsville, NC, L.D. Shepard of Sneads Ferry, NC, Billy Shepard of Pinken, LA, Edith Harrington of Wilmington, NC, Leola Askew of Wilmington, NC, Elma Lucy Butterfield of Silda, CO, and Shelby Shepard of Hollywood, FL.

John is survived by his wife of 63 years Iris Shepard, sons Jeffrey Shepard (Maria) of Miami, FL and Gary Shepard (Dawn) of Hampstead, NC, along with 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, as well as many other extended family members and friends who loved and will miss him.

We are grateful for the support of family and friends who were always near, giving John the precious gift of laughter and love.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 11:00am at Peace Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC, officiated by Pastor Rudy Shepard.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family asks family and friends to consider making a donation in his memory to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, who provided him and his family the comfort, support, and compassion that they needed during his final days.

Please leave memories and condolences for John’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

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

Memorial Service

Saturday, August 26, 2023
11:00 AM

Peace Baptist Church - Directions
320 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405


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  • August 23, 2023
    Ludie Hix10 says:
    Johnny was a longtime friend and classmate of mine who married my special cousin Iris. I have loved both of you since we were itty bitty. Now he is racing around heaven while we all miss him here! I love you, Iris, Gary and Jeffrey !

  • August 22, 2023
    Rick Roethlinger says:
    I have lost my best friend. I already miss our daily laughs. Never will there be another John Shepard. You were the best buddy! I did love you so! Love you buddy, Rick