John Allen Shepard

John Allen Shepard


Funeral services for John Allen Shepard, 69, of Canton, were held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Elmo with Bro. Tim Mabe and Rev. Brian West officiating.

Interment followed at Elmo Cemetery in Elmo under the direction of Allan Fuller Funeral Home in Wills Point. Mr. Shepard passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, at his residence in Canton.

He was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Terrell to James Province Shepard and Myrtle Frances Pursell Shepard.

He was raised in Elmo and graduated from Wills Point High School in 1966. While in high school, he was a member of the WPHS football team that won the Class A State Championship in 1965.

He was a veteran of the Army and the Vietnam War. He married Terri Bittle, Oct. 13, 1995, in Elmo. He was formerly employed by Greater Southwest Interiors in Lancaster for 18 years and Canton Carpet for 10 years, retiring in 2011.

He enjoyed playing golf, fishing and going to any kind of sports event. He lived in Quinlan prior to moving to Canton two years ago. He was a member of the Van Zandt Country Club and was of the Baptist faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James “Jim” Shepard and Myrtle Shepard; two half-brothers, Crawford Shepard and Raymond Clower; and a half-sister, Delilah Barker.

Survivors include his wife, Terri Shepard, of Canton; three sons, James W. Price Shepard and wife, Danielle, of Watauga, Christopher Williams and wife, Lindsay, of Aledo, Chad Britton and wife, Carrie, of Terrell; two daughters, Misty Turner of Indianola, Iowa and Dusty Shepard of Dallas; two brothers, Paul Shepard and wife, Louise, of Burleson and Chuck Shepard and wife, Georgia, of Elmo; two sisters, Donna Coker of Burkburnett, and Nancy Jo Childress and husband, Bill, of Wills Point; nine grandchildren, Ashtin Fudge, Paige Turner, Dylan Turner, Logan Turner, Harper Shepard, Colton Britton, Cash Britton, Chloe Britton and Liam Williams.

Pallbearers were James Shepard, Chad Britton, Chris Williams, Roy Deen, Steve Steadham, C.W. Wilson, Wayne Langford and Donnie Dotson. Honorary Pallbearers were the WPHS 1965 State Championship Football Team.