Ernest Ray Shepherd Sr.

April 8, 1941 ~ May 10, 2021 (age 80)


Ernest Ray Shepherd, Sr., 80 of Salisbury, passed away on May 10, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born April 8, 1941.

Parents: the late Ernest Lee Shepherd and Virgie Ludwig Shepherd.

Educated in Rowan County Schools.

Member of Trading Ford Baptist Church.


As long as health permitted, Ernest was active in Miller Ferry Fire Department and Rowan County Bee Keepers.

He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, taking care of his bees and spending time at his vacation home in Lake Placid, Florida.


Preceded in death by 2 sisters:

Sadie Ann Shepherd and Linda Dale Shepherd.


Those left to cherish his memory are:

Wife of 57 years-Patsy Eller Shepherd whom he married on October 20, 1963

Ernest Ray Shepherd, Jr. (Sarah) Lincolnton, N.C.


Cher Shue (Greg) Salisbury, N.C.
Kari Shepherd Salisbury, N.C.

Nelson Shepherd (Eula)



Brett Shepherd, Brandon Shepherd, Garrett Shue, Alyssa Allison, Noah Shepherd, Jason Bell Jr., Nathan Belardino and Ethan Bell.


Great Grandchildren:
Slade Shepherd, Jacob Shepherd and Cooper Shepherd.

Service: Trading Ford Baptist Church
Date: May 12th 2021
Time: 3pm
Visitation: After graveside service

Burial family plot at the church


Memorials made to:
Trading Ford Baptist Church

3600 Long Ferry Rd, Salisbury, N.C. 28146


Family would like to thank caregivers, Ellen Stamper, Jennifer Trexler and Hannah Long.

Hospice staff:
Jennifer Goodman, Tiffany Mitchel, Sonia Satchell and Chaplain Linwood Buford, Jr.


Lyerly Funeral Home is assisting the Shepherd family.


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Graveside Service
May 12, 2021

3:00 PM
Trading Ford Baptist Church
3600 Long Ferry Road
Salisbury, NC 28146

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