Thomas Collins Shepherd

Sunrise: July 14, 1955

Sunset: April 22, 2024

Thomas went peacefully to be with the Lord on April 22, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on July 14, 1955, to the late James Shepherd and Marion Paige. Although he was born in Texas, Thomas spent the majority of his life in North Carolina.

Thomas spent a few years serving in the United States Army. He was mostly known for being an all-around handy man. Thomas spent the majority of his years as a brick mason. He constructed the majority of the brick mailboxes and BBQ pits in our neighborhood. The last few years, he was the maintenance man at Holiday House of Portsmouth. He was known as “Mr. Fix It.” There was nothing he could not fix. Thomas LIVED outside, allergies and all. Thomas was so full of life; he was energetic, smart, and gifted. Most importantly, he was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. A piece of Thomas will always be with us, as he built the sports figurines at the Portsmouth Sports Hall of Fame.

Thomas is preceded in death by baby boy, Thomas C. Shepherd II.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bettie J. Shepherd; son, Derrick D. Williams; daughter, Kisha L. Shepherd; his three granddaughters: MaKayla K. Shepherd, Amara G. Williams, and Caisley J. Williams; his two best friends: Wilbert “JuneBug” and Gary “Big G”; along with a host of family and friends.

God saw the road was getting tough, the hills were hard to climb, He gently closed those lovely eyes and said, “Peace Be Thine.”

Viewing Sunday, April 28,2024 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Monday, April 29, 2024 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23321

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    Carolyn Freeman says

    Saddened to hear of Thomas’s demise. My prayers are with you all during this time. God will comfort you.

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    Janice says

    Condolences to the family. I met Mr. Thomas at WAWA. Every morning I would see him coming or going. He was a kind man. Rest on Mr. Thomas.

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