|Mr. T.C. Shepherd, affectionately known as “Tap,” was born in Haynesville, Louisiana on July 17, 1929. He was the husband of Rev. Linda Shepherd and the father of three--Tommy, Regina and Susan. Tap had five grandchildren.
After a long bout with cancer Tap went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 28, 1991. Funeral Services were held at the First United Methodist Church of Blanchard where he had been a member for many years. His pastor, Rev. Ellen Montegudo, assisted by his brother-in-law, Rev. L Gray Wilson, held a victorious celebration that lifted the Christ to whom Tap gave his life many years before.
It was my pleasure to have been his pastor in my first appointment. He and his wife, Linda, were present for every service that was held. My earliest memory of Tap was his faithfulness, not just being in worship, but to his presence every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday helping to build the new church.
Tap was a man of “dry wit” that generated much laughter to all those around him. He was so pleasant to be with. Tap loved the out of doors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. It was always fun to hear him rehash his “fish stories” and his hunting adventures.
Tap loved his family. He was very supportive of his wife Linda when she answered the “call” to preach and became pastor of the Rodessa United Methodist Church. He not only participated in her services of worship--he joined the church there.
Tap Shepherd will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him, especially his family (five grandchildren) and his church. We thank God for sending Tap our way. His coming has made his community a better place to live, his family a stronger one and his church a more faithful one.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1991, p. 250 By John M. Lee|