Robert Lawrence "Larry" Sheppard, 76, of Dawsonville, died Nov. 16, 2011.
Born in Norfolk, Va. in 1935 to the late Robert and Margaret Sheppard, he was raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he attended Massanutten Military Academy.
A graduate of Alexandria High School in Fairfax County, Va., he went on to join the U.S. Navy as a deep sea diver.
In the Navy, he obtained the rank of W-3 officer and was a veteran of The Korean Conflict and Vietnam.
After military service he settled in DeKalb County, Ga., where he was employed by the DeKalb County Water Department, from which he retired.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years; two sons and daughters-in-law; two grandchildren; various other relatives and extended family in Australia also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jad Denmark officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested made to Dawson County Parks and Recreation or the Dawson County Humane Society.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville is in charge of the arrangements.