James Shepherd Dempsey

November 13, 1961April 9, 2018

James Edward Shepherd “Shep” Dempsey, 56 , of Wilmington NC, passed away unexpectedly April 9, 2018. He was born in Atlanta, GA to James William “Bill” Dempsey and Mary “Kirk” Shepherd Dempsey. Shep graduated from Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA. He attended UNC- Wilmington prior to entering The United States Air Force. He was stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany where he served as a Law Enforcement Specialist. Upon his discharge, he moved to Wilmington, NC. Shep worked for Airborne Product Support.

Shep is survived by his mother Kirk Shepherd Dempsey; his sister Trish Garrabrant and husband Raiford , and his two nephews Raiford and Pete Garrabrant of Raleigh.

He was preceded in death by his father Bill Dempsey.

A private memorial will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC . His ashes will be placed next to his father’s at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts of remembrance be made to Christ Episcopal Church ( or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s St. Raleigh, NC.


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James Shepherd Dempsey

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Gunner Roe

May 15, 2018

Shep was a great friend while at VES and up until his passing. Many great memories of our time together in high school. He was a kind and generous man who will be truly missed.