Walter Artimus Shepherd, 71, of Plantersville in Drew County, died on August 15, 2016.
He was a 1963 graduate of Star City High School and attended Arkansas A&M in Monticello. He was a member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church and the Arkansas Cattlemens Association.
Mr. Shepherd served his country during the Persian Gulf War from 1990-1991 as a member of the 1122nd Transportation Company transporting soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division into Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. His unit earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation, driving nearly one million miles in seven months. He retired from the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1992, after serving 26 years.
He also retired in 1999 after 18 years as a procurement forester from Price Lumber Company in Monticello, and more recently raised chickens and cattle at Shepherd Farms with his brother, Jamie. He loved his family, friends and spending time on the farm.
Mr. Shepherd was born January 4, 1945, in Texarkana and was the son of the late James Artimus Shepherd and Nell Henderson Shepherd.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Rita Shepherd who passed away September 15, 2015.
Survivors are his are brothers, Harold Miller of Houston, Texas and James “Jamie” Richard Shepherd of Plantersville; sisters, Helen Ruth Miller Nicholson of Houston, Texas and Sandra Shepherd Harper of Star City; a son, Steven Shepherd and wife Sarah of Conway; three stepchildren, Lee Green-Hall of Norman, Oklahoma, Phillip Green and wife Amy of Star City and Lisa Hunt and husband David of Arkadelphia; eight grandchildren, Danielle Green of Fayetteville, Carissa Stricklin (David), Brandon, Ashten, and Ayden Green of Star City, Sarah Hunt (fiancé Randy Shepard) of Fayetteville, Brian Hunt (Claudia) of Durham, North Carolina, Jessaca Shepherd of Monticello, and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by Jessaca’s mother, Yukiko (Ken) Bivens of Monticello, whom he considered a daughter. He also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who loved him.
Visitation is August 19 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Funeral services will follow visitation at 3 p.m. with Bro. Hardy Peacock officiating.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Brian Hunt and Brandon Green and nephews, Donny Shepherd, Paul Shepherd, Michael Shepherd and Matt Shepherd. Burial will be at Rock Springs Cemetery in Drew County.
Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Cemetery Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.