Tom Jack Shepherd
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Tom Jack Shepherd was born in Nacogdoches on April 21, 1938 to Flora and Tommy Shepherd.
He passed away peacefully on September 22, 2019 in Athens, Texas.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Tommy and Flora Shepherd, his brother Steve Shepherd and daughter Stori Shepherd Hughes.
He attended college at SFA and played basketball for the Lumberjacks before he served in the Navy on the USS Saratoga, also playing basketball in the service.
Tom went on to work in the hotel industry for several years and then moved into commercial real-estate. He later founded Regency Education Systems in Dallas which specialized in software for the educational industry. Tom, ever the competitor, enjoyed playing many sports. In true competitive fashion, he enjoyed playing basketball, fishing, golf and tennis. He served as Vice President of the Athens Country Club Board of Directors where he and Sandie cherished the friendships made there.
He is survived by his wife, Sandie, daughters: April Shepherd Emrie and husband Ted, Stephanie Shepherd Schneider and husband Brad; son, Steele Shepherd, brother, Charles Shepherd; wonderful grandchildren: Mason Emrie, Taylor Emrie, Avery Schneider, Michaela Schneider, Kendall Schneider; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the First Athens United Methodist Church Children's Ministry. 225 Lovers Lane Athens, TX
Published on September 25, 2019


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Mike & Delaine Murphy
Sep 27, 2019
Tom was a great neighbor we met Tom when we bought our lake house at Cedar Creek Lake, we were weekenders but Tom & Sandie made us feel very welcome & checked on our house for us when we weren't there. I will always remember Tom walking his dog cutting through our yard for the shortcut & to check out the house, you could always count on seeing Tom about 4:45.....we will miss you.