Celebration of life held for Jean Shepard Friday

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Family and friends gathered Friday to say goodbye to legendary country singer Jean Shepard.

Memories of her illustrious career played on a screen above her open casket, as guests spilled out of the small room into the hall of the Hendersonville funeral home. WSM radio host Eddie Stubbs led the eulogy.

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“As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 60 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, she will be remembered for many other attributes along the way,” Stubbs told the room.

He touched on Shepard’s list of accomplishments as a trailblazer for women in country music and gave mourners a look into her personality as a straight shooter that was opinionated and outspoken.

“She didn’t come out on stage and ask, ‘How is everybody doing tonight?’ because she didn’t care,” the host laughed.

She did, however, care about her family. She led a life as a devoted wife and mother of three.

“The greatest mama that anybody could ever ask for and the biggest heart that anybody could ever ask for. She is kind of spunky. She’ll tell you how it is and she’s a great, great lady and I’m very blessed to be her son,” Harold Hawkins II told News 2.

When the curtain closes for the last time on Shepard, she once told Stubbs, she wanted to be remembered as an honest person and a darn good country singer.

Before the end of the celebration, the crowd stood giving her one last standing ovation.

Shepard now joins around two dozen country singers that have been buried at the Hendersonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home.