Cornelius Shephard

July 29, 1940December 7, 2012
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Cornelius Shephard July 29, 1940 to December 7, 2012 Cornelius Shephard, 72 of Stockton, CA formerly of Pomona, surrounded by his loving family passed away on December 7, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Cornelius was born in Shreveport, LA and moved to Hooks, TX at the age of 10. He joined the United States Navy in 1959 upon graduation from Hooks High School and served on the the destroyer, The USS Chevalier from June 1958 until July 28, 1960. Cornelius worked at Lanterman State Hospital in Pomona, CA, from 1961 to 1973. After which he joined the California Department of Corrections in 1973, starting his career at the California Institution for Men and promoting to the rank of Correctional Captain. In 1989 he promoted to the rank of Associate Warden at Pelican Bay State Prison and in 1995 achieved rank of Chief Deputy Warden at the Northern California Women's Facility. Cornelius retired in 2000 after 39 years of outstanding state service. Cornelius was passionate about his hobbies which consisted of traveling the United States, fishing any lakes he could find, growing the biggest tomatoes in his garden and watching old western's. He adored his family with all his heart and was a very proud Husband, Father, and Grandfather. Cornelius is survived by his loving wife Joanna of 44 years and 3 children, Carey Shephard of Upland, CA, Christina Latimore (Emanuel) of Stockton, CA, and Marc Shephard of Kingwood, TX and 6 grandchildren, Sylvia, Tiara, Marcus, Nathann, Jordan and Jalyn. Sister, Ann Hubbard (Carlton) of Hooks, TX and Brother Roy Shephard of Texarkana, TX. He is preceded in death by his Mother , Ruby Parish. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Stone Funeral Home, 355 E. 9th Street, Upland, CA 91786. Burial will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario.


  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 14, 2012

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Kim Foster

May 17, 2013

I will always remember and treasure the fun Christmas parties we had at Shephard and Joanna's house during the years I worked at Lanterman State Hospital. Mr. Shephard was a wonderful, caring man, and it is my honor to have know him.

Tim Steele

December 26, 2012

While at Pelican Bay State Prison in the early 90s, Mr. Shephard always treated me fairly and pushed me to do the best job I could. At the time I was also a young college football referee and he would never miss an opportunity to point out penalties hat he determined that I had missed or shouldn't have made in a game he happened to see – he enjoyed needling me every chance he could and so did I. So shocked and saddened to hear he had passed away, but very happy that I knew him.

Thomas Jenkins

December 13, 2012

"The Jenkins Family (Tom & LaVerne) will miss you, and we shall cherish the memories."
Love to JoAnn and Family.

Tina Hesse

December 13, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the Shephard family. I Have very fond memories when, I used to spend the night at your home. Hug's to you all.

December 12, 2012

On behalf of the Hooks High School, Class of '58, we are so proud of the courageous fight and the loving family of our beloved classmate. He will be missed. To the family, we pray your sweet memories will keep you close to each other as you close this chapter and create a new one.

December 12, 2012

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to the Shephard family. I have many fond memories of the time I worked with Cornelius. I cannot think of him without smiling, he was truly one of a kind. May you find peace and comfort. Lori DiCarlo

December 12, 2012

Will miss you,David Whiting&family.