GASTONIA - Frances Patterson Shepherd, 89, passed away Jan. 7, 2017, at the Robin Johnson Hospice House, Dallas. Frances was born in Gaston County, daughter of the late Bedford and Annie George Patterson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Shepherd, a brother and a sister. Frances was retired from textiles and a member of South Marietta Street Baptist Church. Survivors include her niece and caregiver, Aliene Patterson, great nieces and nephews, Iris Watson, Robbie Patterson, Ashley Stiles, great-great-nephew, Houston Carpenter, cousins and caregiver, Loretta Harris and husband Larry, and special cousins, Barbara Guin, Doris Green, and Mike Reel. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Gaston Memorial Park with the Rev. Tommy Self officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to South Marietta Street Baptist Church, 911 S. Marietta Street, Gastonia, NC 28054 or Robin Johnson Hospice House, c/o Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054. Condolence messages may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Shepherd family.
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