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James Lester Sheppard
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James Lester Sheppard 84 years of age of Rowe, VA passed away Friday July 6, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family. Born in Holdening, WV he was the son of the late Alvin Abraham Sheppard and Mary Arminda Preece Sheppard.

James was a retired coal miner fom Island Creek Coal Company, having worked thirty five years, and was a member of the UMWA. He was of the Christian faith, enjoyed turkey, squirrel and coon hunting. Loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Alvin Dean Sheppard; sisters Audrey Horn, Nancy Benjaim; brothers Alvin Sheppard, Jr and Billy Sheppard.

He is survived by three daughters Gloria (Michael) Hale of Council, VA, Vicki (Reece) Proffitt of Abingdon, VA, Brenda (Emory) Horn of Whitewood, VA; sister Mable Maynard of Il; love of his life and mother of his children Patricia Sheppard of Rowe, VA.

He was also survived by nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Jennifer Sheppard, several nieces and nephews including a special niece Sherry Horn.

Funeral services for James Lester Sheppard will be conducted Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel, Keen Mountain, VA with Pastor Zack Collier, Rev. Jerry Ward and Brother John Teats officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery, Keen Mountain, VA.

Active pallbearers will be: Mike Hale, Emory Horn, Doug Hagerman, Patrick Wade, Chris Hagerman, Rusty Proffitt, Caleb Casey and Alex Easterling.

The family will received friends at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home, Keen Mountain, VA after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday where evening service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

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The family of James Lester Sheppard have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Keen Mountain, VA.

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6:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

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12:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

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Antioch Cemetery

Keen Mountain, Virginia


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