Virgil Shepard

Virgil Clyde Shepard

Saturday, July 19th, 1941 - Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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Funeral services for Virgil Clyde Shepard, 78, will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Cordele First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Mr. Shepard died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born in Cordele, Ga. to Annie Clyde Collins Shepard and Vernon Shepard. He was a retired salesman for Wells Hardware. He was licensed minister and an active member of Cordele First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He was also active in community sports serving as a Little League coach for 25+ years and also at Crisp Academy he served as their softball coach. He was instrumental in starting girls’ softball in Cordele Little League and Crisp County High School. He graduated in 1961 from Dooly County High School. He was a very gifted athlete and played baseball, football, basketball and ran track.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Linda Ford Shepard of Cordele; his children: Brian (Debbie) Shepard of Warner Robins, Ga., Bruce (Kristen) Shepard of Bella Vista, Ark. And Laurie (Lynne) Shepard of Cumming, Ga.; his brother: Bobbie (Susan) Shepard of Albany, Ga.; his grandchildren: Lindsey (Brett) Mathews, Emily (Richard) Gatton, Lauren (Taylor) Liston, Ashley (Joseph) Bradley, Haley (Nick) Hartman, Matthew Shepard, Gavin Shepard and Jadyn Shepard; and his great-grandchild: Peyton Liston.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Reflections Hospice, 202 E 4th Ave, Cordele, GA 31015, your local hospice or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( in Virgil’s name.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Hughes & Wright Funeral Home
    1010 East 8th Avenue
    CORDELE, GA 31015
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 4:00pm
    Cordele First Baptist
    137 Kelly Road
    CORDELE, GA 31015
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  • Interment

    Sunnyside Cemetery
    8th Avenue and Hickory Street
    CORDELE, GA 31015
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Carol and Doug Hyde

Posted at 01:44pm
Dearest family..Our children grew up together, We shared many a fun baseball game. We worked together,laughed
and learned together. He was a great man and will be missed by all who knew him. May God wrap his arms around all of you
at this time of sorrow.
In Christian Love,
Carol and Doug

Donna Cobb

Posted at 07:39am
My sympathies to Linda and the family and many friends who are grieving the loss of Mr. Virgil. He was a kind, warm-hearted man. I know he'll be greatly missed. Prayers for all who love him. Donna Cobb

Judith C. Griffin

Posted at 10:28pm
So sorry to hear of Virgil’s passing...known him for a long time & he was a good & kind man. Love & Prayers Linda & family. Judy C. griffin

MELBA Conner

Posted at 04:08pm
So sorry to hear about Virgil. Thoughts and prayers are with Linda and family.

H. E. & Linda Kennedy

Posted at 03:09pm
Linda and Family, we are so sorry about Virgil's passing. He was a kind and good friend. May he rest in peace.

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