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Mr. James Thomas "J.T." Shepherd, 91, of Rocky Face, died Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was born in Rocky Face on Jan. 26, 1926, to the late John and Nettie Holt Shepherd. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Alwilda Gilbreath Shepherd, in December 2016; brothers, Julian Shepherd, Harold Shepherd and Talmadge Shepherd; sisters, Frances Clements, Evelyn Weaver and Martha Morrison; son-in-law, Tommy McTee; and great-grandson, Joshua Thomas Nix.
James was a member of Central Church of Christ. He served his country in the United States Navy on the USS LST 483 and LST 757 during World War II in the South Pacific. He enjoyed fishing and raising a big garden in the summer for his family to enjoy, especially Big Boy tomatoes.
James is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Jan McTee of Rocky Face, Judy and Tommy Hoffpauir of Ooltewah, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Janet Shepherd of Dalton; grandchildren, Heath (Kate) Perkins of Jacksonville, Fla., Justin (Rebecca) Perkins of Rome, Bethany (Andy) Nix of Gainesville, Eli (Betsy) McTee of Spring Hill, Tenn., Sophia and Parker Shepherd of Dalton, Abbi Hoffpauir of Austin, Texas, and Tad (Kathleen) Hoffpauir of Spring Hill, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Carter and Hannah Perkins of Jacksonville, Fla., Ellie and Heidi Perkins of Rome, Camille and Andrew Nix of Gainesville, Lennox and Holt McTee of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Adair and Emery Hoffpauir of Spring Hill, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Larry (Joanne) Shepherd of Rocky Face; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Love Funeral Home with Ross Jordan officiating.
Burial will follow in Whitfield Memorial Gardens with American Legion Post No. 112 in charge of graveside rites.
The family will receive friends at Love Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials made may be made to Central Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1201 Dalton, GA 30722-1201, or to any non-profit veteran's organization.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.
Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton is in charge of arrangements.
Published on April 9, 2017
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