Mattie Malone Shepherd, 81, of Covington, passed away peacefully at her home, April 9, 2013, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Shepherd was the matriarch of her family which she loved dearly. She enjoyed bird watching, NASCAR, watching the Atlanta Braves, cooking, and spending time with her family especially during the holidays. In addition, she loved working in her flower garden and enjoyed her African violets. Mrs. Shepherd was an avid environmentalist, and often donated to many charities, helped the homeless, the less fortunate, and needy animals. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Shepherd; parents, Walker Thrower and Mattie (Saye) Malone.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie S. and W. Grady Bryans of Newborn, Kathy S. and Wesley Johnson of Covington; son, Alan Shepherd of Newborn; grandchildren, Brian S. and Amie Bryans of Suwanee, Ashley Saye Hammonds, Chrissy J. and Kyle Hall, all of Social Circle, Merideth Bryans of Newborn, Melody B. and Justin Morgan, Michael and Sandi Johnson, all of Covington; great-grandchildren, Emma Grace Bryans, Beau Shepherd Bryans, Tucker Wallace Bryans, Ella Kate Hall, Macy Mallette Morgan, Kylie Grace Hall.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Shepherd will be held Friday, April 12, 2013, 11:00 AM, at Pennington Methodist Church, in Newborn, with Rev. Billy Lewis officiating, and interment following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, April 11, from 6:00 8:00 PM. Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to the Newton County Humane Society, 210 Lower River Road, Covington, GA 30016; Pennington Methodist Church, 1160 Broughton Road, Newborn, GA 30056; or the Georgia Equine Rescue League, Ltd., P.O. Box 328, Bethlehem, GA 30620. www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences 770-786-7062