Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA


Ernest "Ernie" Wayne Shepherd

August 21, 1946September 13, 2020

Ernest “Ernie” Wayne Shepherd, 74, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Due to COVID-19 services will be private, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Chapel of Macon Memorial Park Mausoleum with the Rev. Quint Shepherd officiating. Live streaming of the service may be viewed by visiting www.facebook.com/maconmemorialpark. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5962 Zebulon Road, PMB 359, Macon GA 31210.

Ernie was born in Dudley, Georgia to the late Frank N. and Bertha Mae Peacock Shepherd. He was preceded in death by his daughter; Audrey Michelle Shepherd, his siblings; George W. “Scottie” Shepherd, Panzy Nell “Pat” Shepherd Brockman, Frank N. “Bo” Shepherd, Jr., Arthur Ray Shepherd. He was the owner and operator of Whiskey River for thirty-six years and currently the owner of Mr. E’s night club. He was a devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his sons; Ken (Pam) Shepherd of Macon, Bobby Lee Shepherd, Sr. of Macon, five grandchildren; Jessica Nicole Shepherd (John) of Macon, Kenneth Wayne Shepherd, Jr. (Kayla), Matthew Wingo, Bobby Lee Shepherd, Jr., Austin Levi Shepherd, great grandchildren; Bentley Shepherd-Jones, Kenneth Wayne “Tripp” Shepherd III, Elizabeth Lorene “Ellie” Shepherd- Jones, sister; Carolyn Shepherd Hall (John), brother; Charles Shepherd (Rene), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visit www.maconmp.com to express condolences. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of the arrangements.


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Rick Knight

September 19, 2020

Ernie did so many kind things for a lot of people. He gave me part time work whenever I needed it and when my Dad passed away and I was out of town that week, he paid me anyway. You’re a legend Ernie! You will be missed. Thoughts & Prayers to the family.

Jeannie Reas

September 18, 2020

Ernie, working for you taught me so much. I learned what I wanted to look for from a future employer--a place where relationships are so close that they feel like family. (I found it). I truly grew up in your presence--started dating my future husband, had my first son, and I found friendships that are meaningful to this day. You were tough on us when you needed to be, but you also let us be crazy kids--letting us use the limo for parties and celebrations as well as letting us tan by your pool at the lake on the weekends. Some of my best memories are either at Whiskey River or with the people I met there. You will be missed.

John Courson

September 17, 2020

RIP my friend. You will truly be missed.

Ben and Evelyn Stuart

September 17, 2020

We are saddened to learn of Ernie's passing. We go back over 50 years to Burger King days before Whiskey River was even an idea. He will surely be missed as a good and faithful friend through these many years. Our sympathies and love to all the family.

Stephen Hammond

September 17, 2020

Ernie was always a very kind and generous man. My sister was married to one of his brothers for many years so I became a part of the family at a young age for many years.
When one of my brothers passed away in 2011 he opened his heart and made it possible for him to have an honorable memorial service. I will always be thankful for his passion for others, and his respect for the people he loved. My sincere condolences to family and friends. He was a very good man and will be missed by many.

Kirk Rogers

September 17, 2020

So Sorry to hear about Ernie passing, I've known Ernie since the mid 80's and I've worked for him many times. Taught dance lessons at the old Whiskey River and helped build the new Whiskey River and also worked as a bouncer for about 7years. Ken, Pam, Kenny Jr and Bobby just know that we're Praying for Your Family and if Yall ever need us we're here for Yall! Kirk and Sylvia Rogers

Tina Turner

September 17, 2020

My deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Ernie's family and friends. You will definitely be missed with your hugs and your precious smile, rest in peace until we meet again.

Angi Shewman

September 16, 2020

I’ve known Ernie for over 20 years. I worked for him, as did my husband for a very long time. He was more than a boss. He was a dear beloved friend. Whiskey River was like a family to so many of us. He will be so very missed. His family is in our prayers. Godspeed my friend. We love you.

Cheryl adams

September 16, 2020

An icon of Macon is gone. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kenny and Bobby. It’s never easy to lay your daddy to rest. He was a sweet caring man that everybody loved. Always remember the good times!

Kathy Taylor Dunham

September 16, 2020

Memories as far back as The Plaza Pub and The Black Cat _ Corner Pocket day's. 1976 You and James Register always in my heart. Hug my James for me..Rest In Peace K.T.


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