Russell Rowan Shepherd, age 83, of Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Shepherd was born January 18, 1937 in Wilkes County to Rowan and Lillian Mae Call Shepherd. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Russell loved fishing, his garden, birds, flowers, dancing at the VFW and all children. Mr. Shepherd was preceded in death by his parents; and grandchildren, Joseph and Justin Shepherd.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Lessie Perry Shepherd; sons, Rev. Allen Rowan “Allie” Shepherd and spouse Tiny Dowell Shepherd of Roaring River, Rex McKinley Shepherd of Wilkesboro; daughters, Ellen Shepherd and spouse Charles Glenn Shepherd of Wilkesboro, Sandra Lynch and spouse Robert Lynch, Jr. of Hamptonville, Tammy Dowell and spouse William Dowell, Jr. of North Wilkesboro; brothers, Floyd Shepherd of North Wilkesboro, Olin Shepherd and spouse Helen of Winston Salem, Blain Shepherd and spouse Judy of Charlotte; sisters, Eva Blevins of North Wilkesboro, Ruby Nance and spouse Buck of Wilkesboro; thirteen grandchildren; one special grandchild, Happy Feet; twenty seven great grandchildren; thirteen great great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Rex Williams and Pastor Ronnie Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 6:00 until 8:00 Thursday night. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Mtn. 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 Devin Billings, Kevin Billings, Jr., Matthew Barker, Rodney Stamper, Austin Barker, Jesse Royal and Jared Ball.

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