Jimmy Shepherd

Born in Springfield, TN on July 1, 1953

Departed on May 27, 2019 and resided in Greenbrier, TN

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Jimmy Shepherd (Roy James Shepherd, Jr.) was born in Springfield, Tennessee on July 1, 1953 as the second child of Roy James Shepherd and Jean Allen Shepherd. He left his earthly home on Monday, May 27, 2019.

On January 25, 1974, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Teresa Ann Sloan. He worked at DuPont, Avco Aerostructures, and retired from Berry Plastics (Reemay) in Old Hickory in 2017. His many continued friendships with past coworkers were an important part of his retired life.

Jimmy loved fishing and especially enjoyed his family trips to Canada and Tims Ford Lake. He was an avid Vanderbilt Commodores fan and particularly loved football games with his children and friends. He lived on "The Ridge" for 45 years with Teresa and family nearby. He attended Forest Grove United Methodist Church.

His most treasured accomplishments were his two children, Jill (37) and Dustin (32) and their families. Nothing compared to the love he had for them and his grandchildren Averie (Jill) and Ellie (Dustin), and granddog Sam (Dustin). He adored time spent with them, fishing and beach vacations, and making everyday memories. He also deeply loved his children's families. He loved making breakfast for daughter-in-law Jessica and watching westerns with son-in-law Josh.

The majority of his Sundays were spent enjoying quality time with family. After gathering for a big meal, he adored playing ball and swimming with his great nieces and great nephew.
He will forever be remembered as a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather (Pappy), brother, uncle and friend.

In addition to his mother, Jean, he is preceded in death by his sister, Paula Shepherd and step-sister Valerie Chowaniec.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Teresa; children, Jill (Josh) Davis and Dustin (Jessica) Shepherd; grandchildren, Averie Blankenship and Ellie Sloan Shepherd; father, Roy (Helen) Shepherd; sisters, Pam (Richard) Eaves, Patricia Blain, and Perrie (Mark) Robertson; step-brothers Russell (Janice) Mann, Mark (Debbie) Mann; step-sister Carolyn (Jeff) Jaco.

A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 11am with Brother Hubert Cunningham officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 30 from 2pm to 8pm, then again on Saturday from 9am until the time of service. Burial will follow the service at Springfield Memorial Gardens near his long-time friend, Randal Hand.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Nashville Humane Association or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

These arrangements have been entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center: 4005 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, TN 37172:615-384-5437 www.springfieldfh.com

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21 Comments to Mr. Jimmy Shepherd

  1. Sherry Eatherly
    May 28, 2019 5:48 pm

    Teresa
    I’m so sorry to hear about Jimmy. He was always the one of the good ones.
    I know you’re heartbroken. Prayers now and in the coming days.

    Sherry Davis Eatherly

  2. Ron Moore
    May 29, 2019 7:20 am

    A great guy , sad.

  3. Danny Smiley
    May 29, 2019 7:59 am

    Teresa I’m so sorry to hear about Jimmy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Danny

    • Fred Hembree
      June 1, 2019 11:20 am

      Teresa…our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with you all. I remember preaching about the Shepherds at Forest Grove many years ago and the fun we had over that. Jimmy was always kind and good to me and I know he will be so deeply missed. My prayers for comfort and strength are with you all.

  4. Gary Birdwell
    May 29, 2019 4:39 pm

    Very sorry to hear this Teresa. I will come to the visitation Thursday. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

  5. Randy Powell
    May 29, 2019 5:41 pm

    Sorry to hear about Jimmy. I knew him a long time and was a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family.

  6. Brenda Chadwell
    May 29, 2019 8:18 pm

    Dear Teresa and Family – My heart and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I love you!!

  7. Jim & Kathy Walker
    May 30, 2019 8:30 am

    Dustin, we’re sad to hear about your Dad. We pray for peace, comfort and blessings for you, Jessica and Ellie and all your family during this time. I’m glad I got to meet and talk with your Dad at your all’s wedding.

  8. Casey Lanius
    May 30, 2019 11:33 am

    Thoughts and prayers for the entire Shepherd family for this loss. I’ve known this great family for over 20 years and I’m thinking about each one of you.

  9. Catherine Bender
    May 30, 2019 3:46 pm

    My condolences to the family. Will be praying
    for strength and peace for you all.

  10. Stan Wilson
    May 30, 2019 5:12 pm

    I always enjoyed talking with Jimmy at work. A wonderful guy to be around. I will be praying for the family.

  11. Kari Myers
    May 30, 2019 9:59 pm

    Sweet Jill, my class of 2000 Sister in Christ. My thoughts and prayers are constantly being lifted up for you. I can remember sitting near you on the school bus. Our childhood homes just a couple miles apart. We both lived with the American Dream Family. Loving Parents who stayed committed faithfully together and loved their children with all of their hearts. Hearing the news of your Father’s passing, my heart broke. Being a Daddy’s Girl like Jill, I want so much for this heartache to be okay. But I know the Lord is near to the broken-hearted. And He will delicately watch over and bless the entire Shepherd Family. To his loving wife of 45years Mrs. Teresa & his his loving daughter Jill & loving son Dustin, my deepest sympathy and condolences from The Myers Family. Jill, I’ll always cherish our Watauga, GMS & GHS memories together. But most of all I’ll cherish seeing all of your happy and beautiful family pictures taken together over the years. I’ve loved every single one! The love that your family carries in their hearts is absolutely amazing!! God will always give you all the grandest Guardian Angel ever, your sweet Daddy. One sweet day you all will be reunited together in Heaven with your father. God will wipe away every tear. Death will be no more. For we will live together forever and ever in God’s Kingdom. Just remember this one precious thought, your Dad just got to Jesus a little sooner than we have. And when you see him again, it will be worth it all! Jesus has your Daddy safe in His arms now. I love you Jill Marie Shepherd Davis!! 💕 Hebrews 11:1
    Watauga Warriors ❤️ Greenbrier Bobcats Forever💚
    💕Kari Ann Myers

  12. Donna Reid
    May 31, 2019 6:22 am

    Teresa: words cannot adequately convey how my heart aches for you and family. I cherish the “memories pressed between the pages of my mind” of both of you from our high school days. May comfort, peace, and strength surround you during this immensely difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you…

  13. Pamula Price
    May 31, 2019 4:13 pm

    Teresa: I am so sorry that Jimmy is no longer with us. I will pray for you and your family during this time of sadness. A donation has been made to the Nashville Humane Society in his memory.

    David & Pam Robertson Price

  14. Dan Sissom
    May 31, 2019 5:53 pm

    Teresa. thinking and praying for you. So sorry to learn of Jimmy’s passing.
    Dan Sissom

  15. Liz Amick
    June 1, 2019 7:32 am

    Teresa, so many high school and dance memories. All good. Jimmy was a great guy. My heart aches for you and your family. Please know that you are loved and prayed for. How blessed you both were to have so many wonderful years together. I pray that peace and comfort find you during this time of loss. Lean on God, he’s always with you.

  16. Bill & Patty Moore
    June 1, 2019 12:01 pm

    Our hearts are so heavy for your loss. As you probably all know, our family had been out of the country and had no idea until we got back. Even though we were unable to attend the service, each of you were on our hearts and minds. We were blessed to know Jimmy and have a special place in our hearts for each of you. May God comfort you as only he can during this difficult time. We will continue to pray for you all. With love,

  17. Dr. and Mrs. W. Pepper Ashford
    June 1, 2019 12:31 pm

    Praying for your family that our Lord will bring you comfort and peace through this sad time.

  18. Shirlene Jackson
    June 2, 2019 8:17 pm

    Extending sincere sympathy to Jimmy’s family. My husband Gary Jackson Sr. worked with Jimmy at Dupont, Fiberweb and all the other names for many years. Gary passed away April 6,2017. Jimmy came to the funeral home at that time. I am so sorry I didn’t know about his death until it was too late. Gary thought so much of Jimmy and spoke of him often. Sending prayers. I feel your pain. Gary and I would have been married 50 yrs. May12 of this year.

  19. Julie and Bob Poe
    June 3, 2019 6:59 pm

    Dear Teresa, Bob and I were shocked and heartbroken to hear about Jimmy’s passing. We have so many treasured memories of our younger days spending time with you and Jimmy. I hope that it brings you some comfort when I tell you that you and Jimmy were an inspiration to Bob and I – as you are to everyone who has had the honor of knowing the two of you. May the peace of Christ be with you and comfort you. Always,

  20. Carl L Adcox
    June 6, 2019 8:20 pm

    Teresa and Family, so sorry to hear about Jimmy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What an unforgettable fishing trip we took with all of you to Canada. One of our favorite times.

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