Joan Berckman Shephard, 83, of Madison Heights, died on Monday, April 8, 2019. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 43 years, William Pendleton "Penny" Shephard. Mrs. Shephard was born on July 23, 1935, in Guilford County, N.C., a daughter of the late James Hester Berckman and Othalia Bozeman Berckman. She was preceded in death by a brother, Van S. Berckman; and a sister, Gypsie Berckman. She was a graduate of Bessemer High School in Greensboro, N.C., where she was a member of the Glee Club. She worked in the office of J.P. Stevens for 16 1/2 years, as well as helping her husband operate Shephard's Market in Big Island for many years. She last worked part time at Tharp Funeral Home. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Monroe. She is survived by two brothers, Edwin M. Berckman of Greensboro, N.C., and Douglas C. Berckman of Gastonia, N.C.; several close friends who were near and dear to Joan's heart, Mary Cumbie, Rick and Nita Valiente, Kim and Jim Bebeau and their son, Cooper, Carol Dennis and her daughter, Sasha Lewis, and Melissa and Carey Wrenn; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Monroe, with the Reverends Glynn Coleman and Mickey Ryan officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church, Monroe or Centra Hospice. Friends and family would like to thank the Hospice staff, volunteers and caregivers who helped Joan during her illness. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family. Condolences may be shared at www.tharpfuneralhome.com.
...EXCESSIVE HEAT EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON... .STRONG HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT WILL REMAIN ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THIS EVENING RESULTING IN ANOTHER AFTERNOON AND EVENING OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL ONCE AGAIN CLIMB INTO THE MID TO UPPER 90S. COMBINE THIS WITH DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER TO MID 70S AND THE HEAT INDEX WILL RISE TO VALUES IN THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE. ...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING... * HEAT INDEX VALUES...103 TO 108 DEGREES DUE TO TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPPER 90S, AND DEWPOINTS AROUND 70. * TIMING...HIGHEST HEAT INDICES ARE EXPECTED DURING THE AFTERNOON WITH LINGERING EFFECTS INTO THE EVENING. * IMPACTS...PROLONGED EXPOSURE OR ANY STRENUOUS ACTIVITY MAY LEAD TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. * LOCATIONS...PARTS OF THE VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT AND FOOTHILLS. * HAZARDS...ELEVATED HEAT INDICES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS HIGH HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO COMBINE WITH HOT TEMPERATURES TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 105 DEGREES OR GREATER. THIS COMBINATION WILL INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HEAT ILLNESSES. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...CHECK ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS... AND PROVIDE SHADE AND FRESH WATER FOR OUTDOOR ANIMALS. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS...IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1. &&
...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT AMHERST, CAMPBELL, BEDFORD AND APPOMATTOX COUNTIES... UNTIL 315 PM EDT. AT 218 PM EDT, A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER RUSTBURG, MOVING NORTH AT 15 MPH. WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH AND PEA SIZE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... LYNCHBURG... CONCORD... RUSTBURG... BENT CREEK... AND FOREST. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS LIBERTY UNIVERSITY AND LYNCHBURG AIRPORT. FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE 10 MILES AWAY FROM A THUNDERSTORM. SEEK A SAFE SHELTER INSIDE A BUILDING OR VEHICLE.