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As a member of the U.S. military, he served his country in Korea. As a longtime trustee and generous donor at Gardner-Webb, he served the University family and community. Wade R. Shepherd, who passed away Nov. 8 at 87 years old, is being remembered for his lifetime of work to improve the lives of others and glorify God. Shepherd, a native of Hickory, N.C., earned a business administration degree from the Clevenger College of Business in Hickory, and he worked nearly 50 years in textiles as owner and operator of Wade Shepherd Hosiery, Shepknit Hosiery, Sheplan Hosiery and Contour Foam Corp.

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Gardner-Webb University Trustee Emeritus, Longtime Supporter Passes Away