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Sheila Lynn Shepherd Elliott

August 11, 1951 - November 16, 2021

Sheila Lynn Shepherd Elliott passed away on Tuesday November 16, 2021 at Lynchburg General Hospital. Sheila was born on Saturday August 11,1951 to Austin L. Shepherd and Loretta Cash Dalton. She was preceded in death by her mother and her son Chad Lotts; Paternal grandparents, David W. and Elizabeth Seay Shepherd of Fluvanna, VA; Maternal grandparents, Harry and Virginia Cash of Orange, VA; two uncles Stanley G. Shepherd Sr. of Richmond, VA, and Buddy Cash of Orange County; two Aunts, Ann Walker, and Harriet O’Brien of Orange County.

Sheila is survived by her loving daughter Shannon Lynn Gillispie (Scott); father Austin Shepherd and step-mother Dorothy Shepherd of Staunton, VA; one sister Elizabeth Conn; two brothers; David W. Shepherd III, and Hayes Dalton of Rustburg, VA; three nephews, Jesse Conn of  Fredricksburg, VA, William Conn of Richmond, VA  and Jonathan Shepherd, of Ashland Va; two nieces Lauren Conn, of Fredericksburg, VA, Denise F. Black of Mineral, VA  a cousin Stanley G. Shepherd Jr. of Richmond, VA,; a close aunt Emma Clark of Orange, VA and a step aunt Joyce Cash of Orange County, VA Will Conn,  two grandchildren Tyler Gillispie, and Dakota Gillispie, along with many other relatives and friends.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion, and enjoyed reading, word puzzles and spending time with her grandkids. She was a sweet loving mother and friend.

A visitation will be held on Monday November 22, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. A graveside service will be held 11:00 am Monday November 29, 2021at the Blue Grass Cemetery, Blue Grass Virginia.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. A graveside service will be at a later date in Monterey, VA.

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Sorry to hear of Sheila's passing. She was a wonderful friend and I have a lot of great memories. Prayers and sympathy to Shannon and the family. Much Love peggy

Posted by Peggy High on November 28, 2021

Hey little Buddy You left us way too soon. When we talked at the hospital you said you wanted to be home by Thanksgiving because you loved it really better than Christmas. If you couldn’t be home wherever they sent you you hoped they would have a good thanksgiving meal. You are rejoicing now in heaven. Well sweetie I know you will be with the angels in heaven . I have 25 years of memories with you as my side kick and great friend. Thank you for being there for me. I love you Molly

Posted by Molly Francis on November 23, 2021

Was so saddened to hear of the passing of a long time friend Sheila. We had so much fun back in the day. After she left Highland I never got to see her but always thought of her and just SMILED cause I knew she still was my friend. Prayers to the family. May you find comfort in knowing Sheila made your day and made you laugh in someway. RIP. ANGIE SELMON

Posted by Angie Selmon on November 23, 2021

Shelia and Dakota at Ruth & Jerry’s wedding reception

Posted by Ruth Donald on November 22, 2021

Shannon, Scott, Tyler and Dakota, We are so sorry to hear of Shelias passing. She was always so full of life and so much fun. We all had a lot of good times together. We will never forget her. Her last breath here, was her first breath in heaven, Amen. I know she is rejoicing in Heaven with the Lord, dancing with the angels (because she loved to dance lol). Take comfort in knowing that we will all see her again someday but until then I pray the Lord will be close to all the broken hearted and the crushed in spirit. I pray he will give you all his peace and comfort. If you guys need anything, please let us know. We love you all and will keep you all in our prayers today and everyday that follows.

Posted by Ruth & Jerry Donald on November 22, 2021

Sheila was so sweet, always full of energy!! I will always remember playing softball with her, a GREAT player!!!

Posted by Betty Arbaugh on November 21, 2021

I have so many beautiful memories of Shelia and all our good times with Molly and the rest of the friends she had. She was so much fun and always dressed so pretty. I know she is with our lord and Savior rejoicing. Mike and I love you always Shelia

Posted by Diane Guill on November 21, 2021

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