Buddy Sheppard Jr.

Published 12:54 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Dalton McGowan “Buddy” Sheppard Jr., 61, passed away on Aug. 15, 2017, in his home.

Buddy was born in Norfolk, and was a retired staff sergeant after 20 years of service in the Army and served in the Operation Desert Storm campaign.

After his retirement, Buddy was a security officer for Atlantic Protection Service at Norfolk International Airport.

Buddy was a 1975 graduate of Great Bridge High School and a longtime member and vice president of Franklin Hunt Club.

He was predeceased by his mother, Agnes MacDonald Sheppard.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna Smith Sheppard; his father, Dalton Sheppard Sr.; four sons, Jason, Brian and Shawn Sheppard and Tony Tart Jr.; two daughters, Ava Lee Hearld and Arah Tart; two sisters, Paula Gigilo and Donna Wyman; four brothers, Donald Sheppard and his wife, Karen; Jerry Sheppard, Lyle and George Wyman; 12 grandchildren; and two uncles, Jimmy and Ray Jackson.

A gathering of family and friends will be on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Wright Funeral Home, 206 West 4th Ave., Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.