Hazel M. Shepard, 84, formerly of Elizabethton, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at her residence in Oak Ridge, Tenn., following a brief illness.
Ms. Shepard was born in Brinkley, Ark., to the late Alvin Edward Foster Sr. and Elvertia Cargill Phillips Foster. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Raymond K. Shepard; a son, Gary Lewis Shepard; and two brothers, Alvin Edward Foster Jr. and Elmer Zane Foster.
Ms. Shepard had lived in Elizabethton for more than 40 years and was a member of First Baptist Church before moving to Oak Ridge with her sister, Ruby, in 2008, to be near her son. She was the former owner and operator of Four Seasons School of Hair Design in Elizabethton. She was a faithful member of Robertsville Baptist Church in Oak Ridge and a volunteer in the church library, Clothes Closet, and the Tabitha’s Table Ministry, which provides a free weekly hot meal to those in need.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Shepard and Mary Collins-Shepard, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Ann Ramsey Shepard, Elizabethton; two grandsons, Bradley Johnson Shepard, Atlanta, Ga., and Christopher Roger Jared Shepard, Elizabethton; two sisters, Estelle Virginia Foster, East Alton, Ill., and Ruby Joyce Foster, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and two brothers, Donald Lewis Foster, Searcy, Ark., and James Anthony Foster, Rosebud, Ark. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The committal and entombment service for Ms. Shepard will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 28, in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Brian Scott officiating. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tabitha’s Table, Robertsville Baptist Church, 251 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Shepard family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.