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“Dear Mama, So many memories, so much love. I can not believe that you are gone. I am so thankful for every hug that we gave each other and you gave...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Ellen Parsons - Hickory, NC

“Sincerest Sympathies to the family, Bea will be missed.Love All of YouDwayne and Michael ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Dwayne and Michael Brannock and Johnson - NY

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your precious family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Brenda Lloyd - HICKORY, NC

“Out thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Melinda & Lee Hullett

“Your family is in our prayers. It's hard to lose a loved one, but you know they are waiting for your reunion. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Melanie and Terry Byers - NC

“I am sorry for your loss. Love and prayers. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa McNabb - Rapid City, NC

“I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Jean Lande - Newton

“I was so sorry to hear of your loved ones death. Please accept my condolences and prayers for the family. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Shirley Dale - Morganton, NC

“Ellen, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Glenda Smith - Hickory, NC

“Dear sweet Moma, I am gonna miss you so, still can't believe all this is true.You have always just been a phone call away Thank you for all the love...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Debra Ledford - Vale, NC

“Sorry to to hear about the passing of my Aunt Bea. She was a great person with a lot of love for everybody. I enjoyed the times that I got to spend...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Rachel Causby Morgan - Morganton, NC

“Your in our thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Scott, Gene, Melanie Berry - NC


Mrs. Beatrice Ellen Carswell Shepherd, 78, of Hickory passed away Sunday June 11, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health.
Beatrice was born July 9, 1938 in Burke County to the late Charles Montgomery Carswell and Carrie Mae Chapman Carswell. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, genealogy, animals; and most of all her family. She was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Mack Carswell; son-in-law Benny Parsons; brothers, Claude Carswell, Ellis Carswell, and Herman Carswell; and sisters Lula Green, and Bertie Causby.
Survivors include, her husband, Larry Clyde Shepherd of the home; daughters, Ellen Parsons of Hickory, Maxine Speagle and husband Terry of Hickory, Darlene Suttle and husband James of Morganton, and Debra Ledford and husband Wesley of Vale; sons, Ronnie Carswell of Vale and Michael Shepherd and fiancé Monique Renee Younce of Valdese; sisters, Susie Penley and Florence Carswell; grandchildren, Eric Carswell, Barbara Parsons Yancey and husband Larry, Raye Lynn Parsons Weaver and husband Dale, Tressie Teague, Kirk Smith and wife Kim, Kevin Smith and wife Destinee, Kelly Ledford Tomblin and husband Andy, Stacy Ledford and fiancé Brad Johnson, and Phillip Shepherd; great grandchildren, Thomas Yancey, Amanda Yancey, Maggie Weaver, Charlotte Weaver, Jarad Hartley, Kyle Smith, Dustin Smith, Sara Carswell, and Emma Tomblin; and great great grandchild Mason Hartley.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday June 15, 2017 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Todd Rudisill officiating.
Interment will follow at the Carswell Family Cemetery, in Morganton, NC.
The family will receive friends Wednesday June 14, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service . At other times the family will be at the home of Darlene and James Suttle.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658 or the Catawba County Humane Society at 3224 20th Avenue SE Hickory, NC 28602.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com.
Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Shepherd family.

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