James Thomas Sheppard, “J.T.,” 91, a native of Kinston, North Carolina, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, Tennessee.
He was a World War II Army Veteran, having served in the European Theater-707 Tank Battalion. His last action was the Battle of the Bulge under General George Patton. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Prior to his retirement in 1984, Mr. Sheppard was co-owner and manager of Sheppard Tobacco Warehouses in Kinston, North Carolina, and Statesboro, Georgia.
He was also co-owner of Farmers and Merchants Warehouses in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Mr. Sheppard was a member of the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge #825 and the Johnson City Country Club.
He also served on the Johnson City Industrial Board for eight years.
He loved playing golf with his friends and spending time at the family beach cottage in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert E. and Viola Rogers Sheppard; his loving wife: Charlotte Hope Sheppard; and his sister: Grace Sheppard Kirk.
Surviving are his step-son: Jerry Potter and wife, Linda, of Bristol, Tn.; Daughter: Steva Williams and husband, Bill, of Suffolk, Va.; Daughter: Tricia Jones and husband, Lee, of Elizabeth City, N.C.; Son: James T. Sheppard Jr. and wife, Lyle, of Wake Forest, N.C., and sister, Patricia Scofield, of Clearwater, FL. Grandchildren include Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, of Morgantown, WV, Courtney Gartman, of New York City, Ashley Hall, of Columbia, Md., Taylor and Lindsey Jones, of Elizabeth City, NC, Justin and Jarrett Hayes, of Raleigh, NC; and four Great Grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Appalachian Christian Village, especially “J.T.’s girls.” In addition, a special thanks is extended to Dr. David Freeman and Dr. Christopher Sholes for their many years of health care to Mr. Sheppard.
A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in the North Chapel of the Morris-Baker Funeral Home under the direction of The Reverend Doug Scott-Dejarnette.
There will be no visitation. There will be a committal service following the funeral service in Monte Vista Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.
Online condolences are available at: www.morrisbaker.com.
In charge of arrangements: Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 or (423) 282-1521.