John L. Shepherd Jr. - age 75 of Knoxville passed away Friday, September 13, 2013 at his home. He was a Baptist Pastor serving Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman, Indian Springs Baptist Church in Kingsport, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Oneida and Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville.
In 1998 he founded and became president of Calvary Road Ministries to the Maasai in Kenya until the present. John was raised in Middlesboro, Kentucky, graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1960 and was called to preach in 1963. He then became pastor of Cane Creek and Baxter First Baptist Churches before going to New Orleans Seminary where he graduated in 1968.
Preceded in death by parents, John Sr. and Johnnie Shepherd.
Survived by wife of 56 years, Elise Gentry Shepherd; daughter, Tamie Campbell and husband Greg Campbell; sons, John Shepherd and wife Joy Shepherd and Mark Shepherd and wife Jennifer Shepherd; grandchildren, Christopher, Ashley, Aaron, Seth, Joshua, Alexandria and Thomas; great grandchildren, Brenden, Riley and Ainslee; brother, Reginald “Sonny” Shepherd and wife Betty; sister-in-law, Willodene Gentry Peek and husband Rev. Bob Peek; and sister-in-law, Jo Ann Gentry Harrod.
The family will receive friends from 3:00-6:00 P.M. Friday, September 20, 2013 at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church 4615 Asheville Highway Knoxville, TN. 37914 with a celebration of John’s life to follow at 6:00 P.M. with Dr. John L Shepherd III, Mark Shepherd, Dr. David Rankin and Blaine Anderson officiating.
The interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Road Ministries, 5216 Fountain Gate Road Knoxville, TN 37918. Arrangements by Bridges Funeral Home 5430 Rutledge Pike 865-523-4999. www.bridgesfuneralhome.com