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John Richard "Pop" Shepard Jr.
John Richard “Pop” Shepard Jr.

WILMINGTON — John Richard “Pop” Shepard Jr., 80, born in Wilmington, N.C., Passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Peggy (Oldham) Shepard; loving father of John (Libby) Shepard, Terry (Kim) Shepard, Windy (Jesse) Shepard and Donald (Dana) Shepard; and also loved by brothers, sisters, family and friends. He was the proud grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of 22.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. Shepard Sr., Ethel (Pickett) Shepard; and daughter, Cynthia (Simmons) Shepard.

“Pop” was an avid North Carolina Tarheels and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also loved to fish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family will be greatly appreciated.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Services will begin at 2 p.m. following visitation.

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