Garvey Shepherd, age 82, of Hays, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home.

He was born July 18, 1936 in Wilkes County to Amos and Vertie Brooks Shepherd. He was number 10 of 12 siblings. Garvey was a Faithful member of Little Mountain Baptist Church and a Deacon for 43 years. Garvey was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing; and gardening, while being at peace in his Lord’s creation. Mr. Shepherd was retired from Greene Brothers Furniture. Mr. Shepherd was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Cora Benge, Bertha McCann, Leona Billings, Mary Templeton Parks, Lura Pardue and Ruby Spicer; brothers, Homer Shepherd, Charlie Shepherd, Wallace Shepherd and Ivan Shepherd.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Jones Shepherd; his children, Darrell Shepherd and wife Gail, Donna McManus and husband Rodney all of Hays, Mark Shepherd and wife Tammie of North Wilkesboro; grandchildren, Eric Shepherd and wife Kim, Jason Shepherd and Amber Walls, Rev. Ronnie McManus and wife Tracee, Clint McManus and wife Rachel, Tiffany Shepherd, Daniel Shepherd; ten great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and sister, Mable Brann of Reidsville.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Little Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie McManus, Rev. Brian Mathis, Rev. Cheslie Johnson and Rev. Joey McClure officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Rev. Richard Reavis and Rev. Steven Shumate officiating. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Little Mountain Fellowship Building c/o Eric Shepherd, 913 Mann Harrold Road, Hays, NC 28635 or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 688 North Bridge Street, Elkin, NC 28621. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jason Shepherd, Eric Shepherd, Daniel Shepherd, Lance McManus, Rodney McManus, Clint McManus. Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan McManus, Eli Shepherd and Caleb McManus.

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