Throughout his life, Carter County native Frank Shepherd has worn many different hats. From his time in the rail yards of Chicago to his time as a teacher in Carter County, Shepherd has accumulated a lifetime of different experiences.
Before his birth, Shepherd’s parents — William and Hazel — left Carter County when his father took a job with the Illinois Central Railroad. Prior to the Shepherds’ relocation to the Midwest, he said his father worked for Clinchfield Railroad. “Right before I was born, my mother returned to Carter County to give birth to me. After staying here for two weeks, we returned to Chicago where I grew up,” Shepherd recalled.