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Preacher Charles Collis Sheppard, age 79, of Newland went home to be with his Lord & Savior Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
A native of Avery County, he was born October 19, 1932 a son of the late Roy and Martha Gwyn Sheppard .
Collis was a pastor of several surrounding churches and pastored for several years in Marietta, South Carolina. He was currently the pastor of Blevins Creek Freewill Baptist Church where he was cherished and loved dearly for 9 years. He spread the gospel and showed God's love totaling a number of 47 years.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, farming, gardening, fishing and most of all spreading God's word.
Along with his parents, Collis was preceded in death by his: daughter, Linda Sheppard; sister, Margaret Hodges.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to so many, he has left to cherish his memory his: wife of 58 years, Madeline Palmer Sheppard of the home; children, Rita Boger and husband Bob of Salisbury, NC, Brenda Rupard and husband Tommy of Woodleaf, NC, Stanley Sheppard and wife Liz of Newland, NC, Barbara Shook and husband Lynn of Cleveland, NC, Danny Sheppard and wife Dulcey of Newland, NC, Kathy Shook of Elk Park, NC, Elizabeth Turbyfill and husband Michael of Banner Elk, NC, Loretta Daniels and husband Rex of Newland, NC, Anita Goforth and husband Keith of Banner Elk, NC, Libby Brown and husband Cecil of Newland, NC; brothers, Ed Sheppard of Elk Park, NC, J.D. Sheppard of Lenoir, NC; sister, Lois Latcham of Newland, NC; 30 grandchildren; 59 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Preacher Charles Collis Sheppard will be conducted on Thursday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m. in the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Whitson, Rev. John Stockton and Rev. Elmer Gobble officiating. Interment will follow in the Palmer Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 25th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Sheppard family.