Charlie Shepherd, 92, of 4268 Salisbury Road, Bemus Point, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Heritage Green Rehab & Skilled Nursing.
Charlie was born July 14, 1922, in Hindman, Ky. He was the son of the late Alec and Abigail Gayheart Shepherd.
Charlie was educated in a settlement school in Knott County, Ky. He also received valuable work skills as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, where he worked on projects in Idaho and Washington state.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1945-46. Following his discharge from the Army, he worked on the railroad in Pennsylvania, prior to becoming a molder and later a pattern maker for Chautauqua Hardware in Jamestown. He then worked for Hills Trucking in Fredonia, before returning to Chautauqua Hardware and his subsequent retirement.
Charlie was a member of the Jamestown Free Methodist Church and the Church of God in Buffalo. He was an avid gardener, beekeeper and member of the Chautauqua County Beekeeping Association, and a lover of animals, especially his goats and dogs.
Surviving is his wife of 69 years, Bertha M. Slagle Shepherd, whom he married Jan. 15, 1945, in Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Sharon (Norman) Hills of Fredonia; two sons: Edward (JoEllen) Shepherd of Ellery Center, and Don (Judy) Shepherd of Red Rock, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lillian Lamper of Muncy, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lind Funeral Home. Pastor Scott Lord will officiate. Burial will be in Fluvanna Cemetery.
Friends will be received for two hours prior to the service, from 1-3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to the Ellery Center Fire Department, 4400 Dutch Hollow Road, Bemus Point, NY 14712.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Charlie at www.lindfuneralhome. com.