Rev. G.C. Shepherd
Rev. Gaynor Curtis Shepherd, 70, of Wilsons, a former pastor at Urbanna United Methodist Church, died of renal failure on July 16 at his home with his family at his side.
Rev. Shepherd served in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for more than 40 years. For the most part, he spent the majority of his ministry with country charges or circuits.
His funeral was held Saturday at Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Blackstone. Burial was at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilsons.
He began his ministry in 1958 on the West Buckingham Charge and later led the West Franklin, Bedford Springs-Campbell, Otter and Moneta charges.
In 1967, with a growing family, he left the ministry for a better-paying secular job.
However, he returned to the ministry in 1970. He subsequently served the East Nottoway Charge as well as Stuart Church in Stuart, Bethany Church in Reedville, Urbanna Church in Urbanna, St. John’s Church in Norfolk, and Christ Church in Chincoteague, where he retired in 2001.
Mr. Shepherd, who graduated from Virginia State University, also had worked part time with six funeral homes, beginning with Hamner-McMillian Funeral Home in Blackstone in 1970.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Geneva Ayers Shepherd; a daughter, Deborah S. Barnes of Blackstone; three sons, Rev. Thomas B. Shepherd of Stuart, Curtis O. Shepherd of Blackstone and David M. Shepherd of Wilsons; five brothers, Julius Shepherd of Roanoke, Calvin Shepherd of Montvale, Rueben Shepherd of Duncan, S.C., Joe Shepherd of Phenix and Lloyd Shepherd of Victoria; six sisters, Hilda Johnson of Charlotte Court House, Christaline McCutcheon of Bedford, Eilene Conner of Montvale, Linda Crouch of Roanoke, Dori Kim of Fredericksburg and Shirley Blanton of Cullen; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.