Frank Nelson Shepherd Sr.

November 18, 1923February 2, 2019

Frank Nelson Shepherd, Sr., age 95, of Calabash, NC, passed away on Saturday the 2nd of February 2019 at the Universal Healthcare facility in Bolivia, NC. Born in Reaville, NJ on the 18th of November 1923, Frank was the son of the late Raymond and Viola Conover Shepherd. He was a retired farmer, beloved school bus driver, and former stock car driver. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Lois Baldwin Shepherd in 2010, as well as two sisters, Audrey Barrick and Helen Clark. A long-time resident of Ringoes, NJ, Frank retired to Wachapreague, VA in 1983, and ultimately to Calabash, NC in 1997. He held many interests in his later years including reading, doing his daily crossword puzzles, and he never missed a season of Dancing with the Stars. He would often read one or more books a week, with his favorite authors being W.E.B. Griffin, David Baldacci, and John Grisham, among others. Frank was a big fan of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and was known to rival some of the best contestants. A history buff, he visited nearly every Civil War battleground and many forts throughout New England and Canada. Frank was a die-hard Atlanta Braves fan and spent much of the summer months enjoying his yearly Major League Baseball Extra Innings subscriptions. He was an animal lover and was frequently called upon to dog-sit or cat-sit his “grand fur babies”. Surviving are a son, Frank Nelson Shepherd, Jr. of Leland, NC; three daughters, Patricia Ann Hill and husband Walter of St. Paris, OH, Deborah Lee Simpkins and husband Roger of Murrells Inlet, SC, Kathleen Marie Phillips of Calabash, NC; five grandchildren, Sharon, Seth, Scott, Rachael, Abigail and one great granddaughter, Kayla. Memorial services will be private. Online condolences are encouraged and may be offered at White Funeral & Cremation Service, Bolivia/Supply Chapel


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Sharon Hill

February 7, 2019

I will always remember my PopPop for: his Huggie Bear van and rapping on the CB radio; taking me to Eagles games with the family; making his homemade ice cream; talking about the 'nitty gritty' of stock car racing; taking me on camping trips with Grammy , Frank, and the Y Knots; spot on shot in sporting clays well into his 90's ; Grammy and PopPop as fiercely competitive bowlers; owning a John Deere snowmobile LOL; his crushed clam shell driveway in Virginia that smelled for almost a year; fishing on his vessel 'The Naughty Dog' ; that unforgettable laugh and his wry sense of humor and for quite some time being my penpal!
A true maverick, my PopPop was always innovative and never cared what anyone thought. He showed us all that an old dog can learn new tricks becoming, late in life, emotionally more open and endearingly loving and connected to his family. I have so much respect for his discipline to eat well, write in his journal every day, never turn on the tv before a certain hour, and grow his garden for as long as he could.
I am sure my fondness for melons, my intensely competitive drive, and my own individualism came through in those strong Shepherd genes that we can all see in my mom, Pat, and my aunt, Kate, with those striking Dutch-Germanic features and unflappable willpower.
Like thousands of points of light in the night sky, PopPop is no longer somewhere but everywhere and, with Grammy, still with us in spirit and memory.

Ruth Martin

February 7, 2019

I first knew Normie (that's what I called her) and we were kindred spirits. We seemed to have a lot in common and loved to talk of old times. I met Frank later and he was a wonderful man, very funny and caring. I loved seeing him in the swing in his back yard and on his mower. I miss them both. Our sympathies to the family. Ruth & Ron Martin

Judy Carman

February 6, 2019

I am glad you were able to spend time with your father in his final year.
May your memories of him bring you comfort.
Always, Judy

Sharon McNally Bowers

February 6, 2019

I'd known both Frank and Norma Shepherd for most of my life. I baby sat their grandbabies and went to prom with their son, Frank. Both were wonderful people. Kind, witty and full of laughter describes them best. I know Norma passed previous to Frank but now they are together again as it should be. My deepest condolences go out to Frank, Kathy, as well my darling favorite kiddos that are all grown up, Abby and Rach and the rest of the family. He will be missed. ~Sharon

Joe Walls

February 6, 2019

I may have never met the man but I know he raised a fine young man whom i'm proud to call my friend. he will be missed . Prayers for the family. Love ya Frank Jr.

John and Dee Rowland

February 5, 2019

Frank was very private but always had a smile or wave when he was out mowing his lawn on his mower. He will surely be missed. He lived a long life and our sympathies to his family.

Patricia Hill

February 3, 2019

Like a good farmer, he has tended to his family, mended the fences and drawn his flock together before he rested. Now was the time to be put out to pasture.
Love to all the family
The Hill family