The Reverend Wendell C. Shepherd

The Reverend Wendell C. Shepherd


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Wendell Cornelius Shepherd, 93, of Ooltewah, TN who passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2020. He was born on November 1, 1927 in Lafollette, TN.

Wendell served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, obtaining a bachelor's degree in education. He taught English at the high school level in his hometown of Lafollette, TN. He later received two master’s degrees in theology from Drew Theological School and New York Theological Seminary, leading to a long career serving others as a Methodist pastor in both Tennessee and New York.

Wendell came to what was then the New York East Conference in 1959 and served the following churches in New York: First UMC in Amityville, Katonah UMC and Ardsley UMC. He retired in 1993, and served First UMC in Greenwich, CT for two years in retirement. Wendell and his wife, Genevieve, then retired to Dandridge, TN. They moved to the Ooltewah, TN area in 2017 to be closer to family.

Surviving are Wendell’s wife of 74 years, Genevieve Shepherd; two daughters, Wendy Shepherd and Pamela Gadonniex; three sons, Stuart (Jessie) Shepherd, Phillip (Natalie) Shepherd, and Scott (Tara) Shepherd; five grandchildren, Court (Melissa) Gadonniex, Heather (Gwynn Hoskins) Gadonniex, Andrew Shepherd, Ashley Shepherd, and Brittany Shepherd; and three great-grandchildren, Aiden Gadonniex, Declan Gadonniex, and Leighton Hoskins. He is also survived by his sister Cora Cox, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents, John and Stella Shepherd; his brothers, Dausie Shepherd, Albert Shepherd, Floyd Shepherd, Earl Shepherd, John Shepherd, Conley Shepherd and Tom Shepherd; his sister Lena Shepherd; and son-in-law Edward Gadonniex.

Graveside services and interment were held on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Grantsboro Cemetery in LaFollette, TN with his nephew, John David Shepherd, officiating.