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Shirley Bowman Shepherd

November 30, 1932November 6, 2020
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Shirley Bowman Shepherd, age 87, of Sanville community, went home peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 6, 2020, surrounded by her Earthly family. Shirley was born on November 30, 1932 in Dover, Delaware to Estel and Elsie Spangler Bowman. In her early years, Shirley enjoyed playing the guitar, along with dancing at the Galax Fiddlers Convention and beating her brother, Bobby, in the dance off. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, James Robert Shepherd, a brother, William Robert (Bobby) Bowman, and an infant sister Lena Bowman. She was a member of the Orchard Drive Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Deaconess and Outreach Leader. Shirley worked at Bassett Chair Factory and then at Stanley Furniture Company, where she retired with 24 years of service. She is survived by her son, Ricky D. Shepherd (Kathy) of Sanville; daughter-in-law, Theresa M. Shepherd of Collinsville; brother, James C. (Jimmy) Bowman (Eileen) of Meadows of Dan; grandsons, Jamie Shepherd and Ryan Shepherd (Tory) of Collinsville; granddaughters, Jennifer S. Dalton (Jon) of Danville, Kelsey S. Foley (Alvin) of Ridgeway and Hannah Shepherd of Charlotte, NC; 9 great-grandchildren, Chloe Wilkes, Jackson and Bella Shepherd, Ellie and Ethan Burley, Carleigh and Emmie Lou Dalton, Lily and Luke Harris, along with several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1079 Spruce Street, Martinsville, Virginia 24112, Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund, 144 Mt. Hermon Church Road, Bassett, VA 24055 or to Orchard Drive Baptist Church, 288 Orchard Drive, Bassett, VA 24055. Funeral Services for Mrs. Shepherd will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Orchard Drive Baptist Church with visitation starting at 12:00 PM with the service to follow at 1:00 PM with Pastor Noel Naff officiating. The family would like to thank SOVAH Martinsville, SOVAH Home Health Care Nurses and Therapist, Dr. James Isernia, Donna Gravely, NP and Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Due to Covid 19, social distancing and face covering mandates will be observed. Online condolences at www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com Collins Funeral Home, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA is proud to serve the Shepherd family.

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James Barbour

November 9, 2020

I worked with Shirley at Stanley Furniture for many years. She was the nicest and most compassionate person I have ever had the pleasure to work beside! I often would think of her even after we all went separate ways. I knew here son Robert very well but never had the pleasure of meeting Ricky. But I heard a lot about you through her. I am saddened to hear of her passing but truly thankful for the friendship and years we shared. Go rest high on the mountain my friend! I loved you nore than knew.

Beverly France

November 9, 2020

So sorry for your loss Jamie. I'm praying for you and your entire family.


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