In Loving Memory

Ricky Shepherd

December 8, 1979 - March 1, 2019

Tribute

Richard Alan “Ricky” Shepherd, Jr., 39, of Milton, Florida, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019. Ricky was born in Mobile, AL on December 8, 1979, however, he grew up in a different city every three years as part of a US Navy family. The Shepherd’s lived in Jacksonville, Key West, and Pensacola, Florida; Rota, Spain; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Plymouth, Massachusetts; and Bath, Maine, during Ricky’s childhood. Ricky and his sister, Jeni, made numerous friends everywhere they lived. He was an outstanding athlete, most notably in baseball and football from first grade to high school. He had a passion for bowling and became an avid bowler in his adult years. He was on a Bowling League Team with his dad for the past 16 years, where he received many individual and team awards. He was a huge University of Alabama and New England Patriots football fan, and he enjoyed many hours of watching the games with his family on Saturdays and Sundays. Ricky played guitar, keyboards and drums and his favorite band was Nirvana, but he liked many genres of music and could sing beautifully. His other favorite pastime was going out to eat and his favorites were seafood and mexican restaurants.

Ricky is survived by his parents, Rick and Teri Shepherd of Milton, FL; sister, Jeni Shepherd of Portland, Oregon; grandparents, Martha and Harry McCollough of Mobile, AL, Joan and Allen Smith of Mobile, AL., and Jerry Shepherd of Wichita, KS; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Forest Hill Church of God, Mobile, AL.  The family will receive friends at 11:00 a.m. for visitation and viewing.  Lunch will be provided on site immediately following the service.

In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ricky’s memory to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at https://donate.nami.org/give/197406/#!/donation/checkout

Expressions of condolence for the family may be offered at www.hughesfh.com.  Arrangements by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.

9 Comments

  1. Rob and Lisa Reed

    Rick, Teri, and Jeni,
    Word cannot express the sadness that Lisa and I felt when we found out that Ricky had passed away. We are praying for you and your family daily. We are honored to have known Ricky and proud to be a part of your extended Navy Family.

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  2. Resina Guidetti

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Ricky was a very special soul who will always have a place in many of our hearts here in Plymouth. He was so talented and kind. I send you light and love as you heal from his tragic loss.

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  3. Respectfully yours, MSgt Rhoda Bargas

    So very heartbreaking and sad to hear about Ricky. On behalf of my parents, Ronnie, Ronna and I, we offer our sympathies and condolences for your loss and pray for strength to get you through your time of grief. Ricky will always hold a special place in my heart. The memories we had growing up next door to each other as kids are the type of memories we watch from movies/tv shows like Sandlot, The Goonies, Stand By Me, The Wonder Years. Though not as adventurous,they we very adventurous to us back then and we truly made memories that will last a lifetime and forever etch in my mind and heart. Ricky will never be forgotten. May he Rest In Peace. God bless you, all!

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  4. Alma Kotula

    Rick and family my heart aches for you all. Don and I really came to like Ricky so much. It was a honor and pleasure to see him every Thursday at the bowling alley. I will miss him so much. Know that you are now and will continue to be in my prayers that God holds you and yours in his loving arms during this time and for always. Alma and Don Kotula

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  5. Mark & Nita Sawyer

    Rick, Teri & Jeni
    Our hearts are Broken over the loss of this Beautiful Spirit that God has allowed us to Witness, Experience & Love.
    Ricky’s Love, Happiness & Amazing Smile brightened Mine & Everyone’s Heart that was privileged enough to have come into contact with him.
    The Gentleness & Respect Ricky ALWAYS showed to me & others should simply be a lesson for us All to follow.
    Thank You Ricky for sharing your Grace with Us. Thank YOU Rick, Teri & Jeni for sharing your Son/Brother.
    And Thank You Lord for YOUR Mercy, Grace & Promises that YOU have Shed upon us ALL.
    I Love YOU all So Much.
    My prayer is for Peace, Comfort & Understanding to You
    Our Deepest Condolences and ALL OUR LOVE~

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  6. William Carter

    Rick and family, our hearts go out to you in the loss of your son. He always said Roll Tide when I was out side. He was like an icon in our neighborhood as we saw him almost every day. I will miss seeing him, giving him a bottle of water on hot days, him petting my dog when she would run out to him when he walked by. I will miss him terribly. William Carter

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  7. The Liaw Family

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ricky and we send you our hugs and love to get through this rough period of your lives. We unfortunately did not have the opportunity to meet Ricky in person, but from what we have read and heard about him, he was a very fine son to be proud of. May he rest in peace and be forever present in your spirit and memories.

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  8. Aunt Robin

    This is surreal!! Our Ricky, our heart, our beautiful ray of sunshine!!! How can this be??? My heart hurts so much!! My Alabama games will never be the same!! Christmas and Dec 8th will never be the same!! I am going to miss my very loving and oh so sweet nephew so so much!! To my sister and my brother-in-law…I want y’all to be very proud of the amazing love and care that y’all gave your son!! Yalls world revolved around him and y’all ALWAYS put him first!! And to my awesome niece Jeni, you were the best big sis to your brother!! Ricky loved his family and always lit up every time we came around!! I will be praying daily for each one of you and for your peace and comfort!!!!! I’m going to try and remember all of our good times together!! All of the beautiful memories we shared!! I am blessed for having Ricky and each one of you, not only in my life, but as my family! I sure will miss all the great big tight hugs that Ricky gave me!!! And those beautiful smiles he gave me too!!! RIP beautiful soul…I/we will see you again!!
    I LOVE YOU RICKY!!! Roll Tide!!!

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  9. Freddie @ Cindy Carroll

    Teri,Rick,Jeri and Tge McCollough family. Our family prays for all of you. We are so sorry for your loss of your beloved son. May God grant you peace.

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