John McKinley Sheppard, 92, of Bassett, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in his home. He was born on March 2, 1927 in Pulaski to the late Marion McKinley Sheppard and the late Julia Kanode Sheppard. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Leroy McKinley Sheppard, II; 2 brothers and 6 sisters.
John was a veteran of WWII, 3rd Division Army and had the honor of driving General Patton around. He worked for Bassett Furniture for 50 years and 7 months. In John’s spare time he enjoyed taking his beloved wife camping and making beautiful yet unique birdhouses.
John leaves behind his beloved wife, Annie Mae Sheppard; three children, son, Leroy Sheppard and wife Milly Sheppard of Unicoi, TN; daughters, Brenda Dillon and husband, Quinard Dillon of Bassett and Joyce Sanders and husband, George Sanders of Knoxville, TN. John was blessed with 4 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 1-2 PM at Bassett Funeral Service followed by the funeral. Burial will be in the Henry Memorial Park.
Bassett Funeral Services is in charge.