James "Dale" Shepherd

February 9, 1934January 8, 2013


Mr. James “Dale” Shepherd, 78, of Greensboro, died Monday, January 8, 2013 at Wesley Long Hospital.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m., at Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church by Rev. Dr. Carl Utley. A private burial will be held at Friedan’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gibsonville.

Dale was born February 9, 1934 in Gibsonville, the son of Rev. James Banks Shepherd and Pearl Nester Shepherd.

He grew up in Haw River, North Carolina where he graduated from Haw River High School obtaining an athletic scholarship to Duke University. He attended Duke University briefly before he transferred to Elon College. He attended Elon College for two years before he was drafted into the U. S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Dale re-entered Elon College and received a degree in Political Science. He was accepted to the University of North Carolina Law School and graduated from the Carolina Law School in 1963 with a Juris Doctorate degree in law. After graduating from law school, Dale went to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority until he returned to North Carolina to serve as counsel in the North Carolina Attorney General’s office from 1967 to 1971. He later came to Greensboro and worked for the Guilford County Public Defenders’ office until he accepted a position with the law firm now known as Hill, Evans, Jordan & Beatty. He later took a position with the Greensboro City Attorney’s office from 1975 to 1991 until he retired. After retiring, Dale and Dick Warren formed an association and successfully practiced law until Mr. Warren retired. Dale then became an associate in the law firm of Maddox & Gorham, P.A., a position he held until his death.

In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his sister, Jacqueline Haymore.

Surviving are his brother, Blaine “Buddy” Shepherd of Wilmington; Godson, James Dale Ray of Napa Valley, CA; several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Sally Morris-Randall

January 17, 2013

There was only one Dale Shepherd! He was one of the most interesting, informed, eccentric, helpful, and caring people I have known. He was a U.S. traveler, a reader, a lover of art, sports,literature--yes, a renaissance man! We checked off our "bucket list" a trip around the U.S. in the nineties--seeing dozens of states and everything in between...He was always helpful with legal issues and we shared books, books and the same Democratic politics!!! I had a book in my car complete with his handwritten note to return and did not know he was so sick. I missed the memorial, sadly,because I did not check the second page of the paper that day. My deepest sympathy to his family.I will miss his friendship.

Mark, Tracy & Landry McIntyre

January 11, 2013

We are very sadden by this great loss. Dale, we will miss you deeply.

Warren Kidd

January 10, 2013

Squire, we will miss you I really enjoyed working with you at the city attorneys' office learned a lot from you, thanks for being a part of my life journey!

Wenche Ray

January 10, 2013

Rest in peace and enjoy the Lord! Your memory will live on in my husband's stories - he loves you very much and will always make him smile when he speaks of you.

Lori Ray

January 10, 2013

He was a wonderful man! My children loved him and he came to eat dinner with us often.

Wenche Ray

January 10, 2013

Rest in peace with our Lord & Savior - Your memory will live on through my husband's stories! - He loves you with all his heart and knows you are with our loving Father now. With a warm heart and love.

January 10, 2013

another of the few remaining renaissance men of our people has left us. "squire" was universally admired for his intelligence, wit, and concern for his fellow human being. he will be sorely missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to be numbered amongst his friends.

a. wayne harrison

Ed Riddle

January 10, 2013

I first met "Shep" in 1950 when my family moved to the Trollingwood community within the Haw River school district. He was scholarly gentleman and a talented football and basketball player at Haw River High. I fondly remember the "Friday Evening Gang" of the '70's & '80's plus the outdoor adventures in Ashe and Carteret Counties. R.I.P. good friend.

Mary Norris Rolader

January 10, 2013

I will miss you Dale (Squire). Such a wonderful person and special friend to my family.

Donnie Payne

January 10, 2013

I have known Dale since our parents attended Gibsonville Christian Church together in the 1950's. It was a pleasure to have known such an honorable man that continued while we served the City of Greensboro in different capacities. I'm sure he is now rejoicing with Rev. Jim and Mrs Pearl in God's house. May his family fine comfort in the many fond memories of Dale.