ASHEVILLE - Dr. Joseph "Joe" Sheppard Minus, 75, formerly of Charleston, S.C. and Shelby, passed away on Feb. 4, 2014, in Asheville. Born in Columbia, S.C., he was the son of Paul Murray Minus and Mildred Sheppard Minus.
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He is a graduate of Yale University and Duke Medical School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-70. He joined the Shelby Children's Clinic as a pediatrician in 1970, where he treated children and comforted countless parents with caring hands and a kind heart until his retirement in 1997.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Elizabeth Clyburn Minus of Asheville; his three children, Joseph Sheppard Minus Jr. and wife Jennifer of Fairfax, VA., Daniel Murray Minus and wife Diane of New York City, and Elizabeth Minus Whitehead and husband Jason of Denver; and six grandchildren; as well as his siblings Betty Minus Young of Charleston, S.C., and Paul Murray Minus Jr. of Claremont, Calif.
He offered his leadership skills and creativity on numerous committees at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and in the community, especially Habitat for Humanity. He also was an avid hobbyist and outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, farming, wood and metal working, and cooking.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. following the service at the church.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Officiated by: The Revs. Sylvia Wilhelm, David Clyburd and Paul Minus
Funeral home: Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is assisting the family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe's memory may be made to Aldersgate Endowment Fund, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, or Habitat of Cleveland County, in care of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1207 W. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, North Carolina 28152, 704-487-8491
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 7, 2014