John Sanford Shepherd, Jr. 72, of Middlebourne, WV, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Wetzel County Hospital.
He was born October 16, 1944 in Tyler County, WV, the son of the late John S. and Mae Ellen Dawson Shepherd.
He was a retired self-employed construction worker timber buyer and a Christian by faith.
John was a well-known singer, song writer and performer in the local area and loved all of his music fans and friends. He enjoyed country music and sharing his love of music with many people for many years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Aaron, Bob, and Gene; two sisters, Bernice and Doris; a niece Mary Ellen; and a nephew, Matthew.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years whom he loved and cherished, Betty Jean Billiter Shepherd; a daughter, Kathy Jean (James) Sine of Middlebourne; a son, John Brian (Tammy) Shepherd of Shirley, WV; a brother, James; three sisters, Opal, Norma, and Susan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a very special “Pappy” to all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. How he loved them and enjoyed making them laugh. He was their life and he loved spending time with all of them. He will be greatly missed by all his grandchildren, Levi and Megan, Jourdan and Nicole, Caleb and Victoria, Elizabeth, Trenton, Gabriel, Gracie, Maddie, and Nevaeh; and his great grandchildren- Mathias, Isaac, Emma, Bella, and Tristan.
Family received friends on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville where funeral services were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Kenneth Keifer officiating.
Interment in Middlebourne Cemetery, Middlebourne, WV.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.