Martin & Betty Lou Shepherd

The hand-carved stone marker for father and daughter features doves and the spelling “Shepard.”

“Death shortly after birth Thursday afternoon in Portsmouth General hospital claimed Betty Lou Shepherd, daughter of Martin and Gladys Shepherd of 1405 Third street. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 PM and interment was in Dry run cemetery under the direction of Al Melcher.”

The Obituary of Betty Lou Shepherd1

“Funeral services for Mark Shepherd, 31, of Slab Run, who was injured fatally when struck by an automobile Friday night, will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the new tabernacle on the Hill road.”

“Revered Jacob Adkins will officiate and interment will be in Laikens cemetery.”

‘Mr. Shepherd was injured while walking along the road near his home Friday night. It was at first thought he had escaped injury and he was removed home from Portsmouth General hospital. Saturday paralysis developed and he was returned to the hospital where he died at 1:25 AM Monday.”

The Obituary of Mark Shepherd/ Martin Shepherd2

The discrepancy in the given name for Mr. Shepherd can possibly be explained by usage of the name “Mart” as a shortened version of Martin. This abbreviated name was most likely heard as the more common name Mark and that was the name that went to print. The surname Shepherd also has several variations that appear throughout records.

  1. Betty Lou Shepherd. (1932, March 25). Portsmouth Times.
  2. Mark Shepherd. (1936, August 11). Portsmouth Times, p. 10.