Esther Moore Sheppard

January 20, 1927May 11, 2018

HOPE MILLS, NC - Esther Moore Sheppard, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.

A graveside service for Esther will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Park Chapel in Columbia, SC.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Mills United Methodist Church in Hope Mills, NC.

Esther was the daughter of the late Richard Caswell Moore and Sallie Taylor Moore. She was born and raised in Bowden, NC along with her older brother and sister. She attended East Carolina Teachers College in Greenville, NC where she met Rudolph Henry Sheppard. They married in 1947 and were married for 56 years. Mr. Sheppard worked for the Life and Casualty Insurance Company. Esther enjoyed spending time with her family, participating in her church activities, sewing, reading, camping along with other forms of traveling and teaching others to play the piano. After her children were grown, she took an interest in flower arrangements and was a member of the Edenwood Garden Club, where she was involved in community projects, competing in and judging flower shows.

Esther was preceded in death by her father (1960); mother (1996); husband (2003); brother, Richard Caswell Moore, Jr. (2009) and son, Ronald Henry Sheppard (2014). She is survived by her sister, Edith Moore Davenport of Greenville, NC; her daughter, Steva Gentry of Hope Mills, NC; two grandsons, Paul Gentry of Winterville, NC; Steven Gentry of Hope Mills, NC and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hope Mills United Methodist Church, 4955 Legion Road, Hope Mills, NC 28348.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 19, 2018

Esther Moore Sheppard

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May 15, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)