Elton SHEPHERD Jr.
SHEPHERD, Jr., Elton Wesley Elton Wesley Shepherd, Jr., died Monday October 10, 2016, at his home in Atlanta. Known to all his friends as "Chief," he was born in Savannah, Georgia, on May 30, 1947, to Elton Wesley Shepherd and Valerie Wilk Shepherd. He spent his early years in Savannah, moving to Elberton as a teen. After graduating from high school in Elberton, he earned his Bachelor's degree in chemistry at Rutgers University and his MBA in Economics at Georgia State University. He had many cherished friends from Savannah, Elberton and his fraternity at Rutgers. He worked in the soft drink industry with Royal Crown Cola, Coca-Cola NY and the Coca-Cola Company. After his retirement 19 years ago, Chief enjoyed reading to elementary school students at Slater Elementary, learned to play bridge, collected water samples for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and served the homeless at the Sunday Morning Prayer Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. He wrote two books published as ebooks in the apple iBook Store: Bailey's Skyway and Rainbow's Chunk, donating proceeds to charity. He was an avid reader, especially of history, a life-long hiker, and an aficionado of National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites. He is survived by his wife, Adele Howell Shepherd, of Atlanta, and his son Christopher Howell Shepherd of Fort Collins, CO, a sister Valerie, nephews Michael and Chip and numerous cousins. Sign online guest book at www.fischerfuneralcare.com . In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to FurKids Animal Rescue and Shelters ( www.furkids.org ), Berea College in Berea Kentucky ( www.berea.edu ), or the Community Ministries of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, ( www.firstpresatl.org ). A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 16 at 4:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Chief left the following to be published at his death: Mark Twain's autobiography, published after his death, famously opens by informing the reader that he is dead. So too am I . . . deceased. Thomas Jefferson wished to be remembered for three things . . . author of the Declaration of Independence; author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom; and, founder of the University of Virginia. So too then does Chief wish to be remembered for three things . . . his incredible luck; his generosity; and, his integrity. Chief was lucky to have been born in this great country, the USA; lucky to have been raised by two loving parents; lucky to have found the perfect mate . . . incomparable Adele . . . amor en la primera vista . . . love at first sight; lucky to see his son Christopher journey along the Sunshine Path; lucky, indeed very lucky, to have known each of you . . . my dear friends. Chief was generous . . . anonymously . . . believing that those to whom he extended a helping hand up would in due time assist others. Chief was also generous with his time. Chief was honest in all endeavors . . . no exceptions. God bless and keep you all . . . especially my beloved third graders. Buen viaje mis amigos. Arrangements by Fischer Funeral Care, Atlanta (678) 514-1000.
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