Rev. “Bud” Gene Curtis Shepherd, Sr., age 90, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at his home.

Bud was born April 7, 1928 in Kanawha County, West Virginia to Clarence and Nora Wingler Shepherd. Rev. Shepherd was ordained as a minster June 9, 1956. He helped establish Mulberry Tabernacle in 1956; he was the pastor and assistant pastor from 1956-1962 and again from 1974-1992. He pastored Buck Mountain Tabernacle, Buck Mountain, Virginia from 1957-1960; pastored Blue Ridge Pentecostal Assembly in 1962 and again from 1993–1996. He then helped establish Blue Ridge Tabernacle in McGrady in 1962 and pastored there from 1962 until 1974. Rev. Shepherd helped establish Harvest Time Ministries and Christian Academy, Inc. in North Wilkesboro in August 1996. He was the assistant Pastor at Harvest Time Ministries from 1997 until the present. Bud was Founder of the International Pentecostal Assembly for the Blue Ridge District in 1969; and overseer from 1969 until 1991. In the community, he was a charter member of Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department for 21 years; served as Chaplain approximately 18 years and as President for several years. He served on the Board of Directors for Mulberry-Fairplains Water Department for 20 years; served on the Board of Directors for Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta, Georgia for 22 years and was owner and operator of Bud’s Grocery from 1960 until 1973. Rev. Shepherd was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Ronnie LaPrad; brothers, Thurmond, Bob, Bill and Harley Shepherd; sisters, Nella Byrd and Carrie Taylor.

Surviving are his wife, Margie Key Shepherd; children, Linda Kay LaPrad and husband Steve of North Wilkesboro, Rev. Gene Curtis Shepherd, Jr. and wife Janice of North Wilkesboro; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Harvest Time Ministries with Rev. Gene Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 6:00 until 8:00 Friday night. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Harvest Time Christian Academy, 400 Winston Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.

Pallbearers will be Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department Members.

FUNERAL SERVICE
Harvest Time Minstries
Saturday, December 08, 2018
11:00 AM
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400 Winston Street
Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697
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