Born October 18, 1937, in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Goble and Bertha Shepherd. He was a pipeline worker and retired coal miner; and a member of the Salt Lick United Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Howard Shepherd.
Other survivors include three sons: Donald Shepherd (Nola) of Gunlock, Johnny Shepherd of Gunlock and Luther James (Bud) Shepherd, Jr. (Danielle) of Grant County; four daughters: Claudette Miller (Johnny) of Gunlock, Tammie Kilgore (Jimmy) of Gunlock, Jeanette Turner (Jerry) of David and Ammie Shepherd of Gunlock; two brothers: Ollie Shepherd and Willie Shepherd, both of Indiana; six sisters: Ruby Howard of Gunlock, Lois Butcher of Paintsville, Wandie Allen of Gunlock, Mary Bradley of Indiana, Barbra Shepherd of Gunlock and Bonnie Ingram of Gunlock; eight grandchildren: Jessica, Misty (Kevin), Jennifer (Michael), Jamie (Kayla), Jordan, Brianna, Tankia and Emily; and two great-grandchildren: Alyssa and Logan.
He was preceded in death by a son, Vaughn Shepherd and a brother, Elwood Shepherd.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 20, at 1 p.m., at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church, in Gunlock.
Burial was in the Brushy Bill Cemetery, in Gunlock.
Visitation was Saturday, December 18, at 6 p.m., at the church.
Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, was in charge of arrangements.