Vivian Shepard (1911 - 2014)

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Vivian Bayley


Hilton Head Island, SC - Vivian Bayley Shepard, age 102, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and former 61 year resident of Asheville, NC., died (May 3, 2014 ) in Hilton Head, SC., Vivian was born December 21, 1911, in Maunie, IL to the late Elbert Foster Bayley and Annabelle Holland Bayley of Norris City, IL. She graduated from, Ridgeway High School, Ridgeway, IL class of 1928. Upon Graduation she entered Nursing Training, Walker Hospital, Evansville, IN, class of 1932. She married the late Arthur James Shepard Sr. of Evansville, IN. After their marriage, Vivian and Arthur remained in Evansville, IN before moving to Chicago, IL and along the way before settling in Asheville, NC, they lived in Norris City, IL, Nashville, IL, Memphis, TN, Little Rock, AK, and Monroe, LA. Mr. Shepard was in sales when they decided to settled in Asheville, NC. Between 1948 and 1953 Vivian was a devoted stay at home mom until her two sons, Arthur (Jim) and Richard (Dick) Shepard graduated from Lee H Edwards HS. Vivian was active, at one point, in the school system as president of the PTA at Lee Edwards. Vivian and Arthur became Restaurateurs in 1953, beginning with a restaurant in Weaverville, NC, then the Embers in Waynesville, NC. Concurrent with their Embers Restaurant in Asheville, on Tunnel Road, they managed restaurants in Morganton, NC, and Hickory NC.

In late 2009, after 61 years in Asheville, NC, Vivian moved to Hilton Head Island SC to be closer to her son, Jim and his family.

Vivian is the wife of her late husband, Arthur Shepard Sr. and former Restaurateur of Asheville and mother of the late Captain Richard B. (Marsha Henry) of Shelbyville, TN.) Shepard (USAFA) and her only living son, Arthur James (late Elizabeth Wilkie) Shepard Jr. of Hilton Head Island, SC. She is survived by her grandsons, Drs. Arthur James (Nicole Petersen) Shepard III, Summerville, SC., Brian Conley (Irma Bedrosian) Shepard PE. of Ypsilanti, MI, and Lt. Colonel Ladd Wilkie (Dagmara Ann Pcion) Shepard, of Hubert, NC, Christopher Scott (Ashlea) Shepard, Murfreesboro, TN, and Shawn Bayley (Kylee) Shepard of Amherst, MA; her great grandchildren, Austin and Sarah Shepard of Summerville, SC, Sophia and Michael Shepard of Ypsilanti, MI, Caleb Shepard of Hubert, NC., Cruz Shepard and Brooklyn Shepard, of Murfreesboro, TN., Kyla Lawhorn of Somerset, KY., Isabella and Jordyn Shepard of Amherst, MA.; nieces, Susie Kinsall, Anita McElroy, Susan Hake, Debbie Rick; nephews, Larry Bayley and Mike Bayley. (Illinois)

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Friday, May 9, 2014 in The Padgett and King Chapel in Forest City, North Carolina. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the hour of service at the mortuary. Interment will follow at Union Ridge Cemetery inUnion Ridge, IL, alongside her late husband, Arthur. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Oteen Baptist Church, Oteen, NC or Hospice Care of the Low Country, (Palmetto Way, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC) 29910. The Padgett and King Mortuary of Forest City, NC is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at

Funeral Home
The Padgett & King Mortuary
227 East Main Street Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 245-4951
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from May 8 to May 9, 2014
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