Bennie Joseph Shepard, 48, of Jacksonville, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

Born on December 14, 1968 in Pender County, he was a son of Faye Lanier Shepard of Beulaville and the late Bennie Rhue Shepard. He was also predeceased by a brother, Rex Brandon Shepard.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his girlfriend, Karen Jenkins of Jacksonville; and his children, Wade Shepard and Brittany Nelson, both of Stafford, VA.

A graveside service will be 11 am Tuesday at Onslow Memorial Park with Bishop India Early officiating.