Funeral services for Earl Shephard, 76, of Wayne were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at the Rosedale Cemetery under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mr. Shephard passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Earl Warren Shephard Jr. was born January 8, 1943 in Clinton, Okla., the oldest of four children born to Earl Warren Shephard and Alice Elaine (Cooke) Shephard.
Earl began school in Butler, Okla. His family later moved to Rosedale where he attended elementary and he often recalled his time as a Rosedale Cardinal. He then graduated high school from Wayne with the Class of 1961.
Earl first attended Cameron College in Lawton, later earning his Masters of Education at East Central University in Ada.
On August 7, 1964, Earl married his best friend and life partner, Sandra Jean Moore, in Wayne. Earl first taught at Maysville, then Fox and spent a few years teaching and coaching in Moore. At this time, a job opened up and, with some friendly persuasion from Sandra, they moved back home and settled near Wayne. It was here that they wanted to raise their family; daughters, Stephanie and Shari and son, Dan.
For a little more than three decades, Earl worked for Wayne Public Schools, where he taught various subjects and coached multiple sports. He was an encourager and a great support to his students throughout his years there, and a great advocate for public education. He retired as Principal after more than 33 years of dedicated service. Earl also served as an umpire and a football official for many years, and never missed an opportunity to cast a rod when he wasn’t working.
He was a man of great faith and longtime member of the Wayne Church of Christ, where he served as both Deacon and Elder. He was a loving husband and father, the best “pa” and the absolute rock of his family. He will be dearly missed!
He was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Adeline Bowen; his parents, Bill and Elaine Shephard; brothers, Merle Shephard and Steve Shephard and nephew, Steven Earl Shephard.
Earl is survived by his wife Sandra of the home; daughters, Stephanie Bowen and husband, Randy, of Stewart, Okla., and Shari Sweetman and husband, Darold, of Wayne; son, Dan Shephard and wife, Misty, of Wayne; sister, Susie Fuller and husband, Randy, of Rosedale; 13 grandchildren, Ryan and wife, Alyssa, Adam and wife, Savannah, Zane and wife, Marina, Sam, Gracie, Colton, Lane and wife, Samantha, Payton and husband, Dalton, Brysten, Hailey, Trestin, Kolton and Bella; five great-grandchildren, Zayden, Grayor, Londyn, Barrett and Kenzleigh; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.